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Recipes We Love: Shepherd’s Pie

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Author: Andrea Todd

Cooking comfort food helps pass winter days inside, and as we brace ourselves for more snow in the northeast, here is something tasty to warm your body and soul. In the summer and fall when items are fresh, I want to make them available in winter so I prepare and freeze items.

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What’s Really Lurking in Your Family’s Clothing?

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Author: the Inkslinger

As someone with a simple, mostly well-worn wardrobe, my innocently soft and ragtag collection of clothes has always been the least of my worries. Crimes against fashion aside, it just didn't give me much to wonder about. But now I'm wondering just what I've been wearing.

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Why We’re Raising Our Family in the City

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Author: Liz Moorhead

As friends around me begin to have children, they start to migrate. Plans involving kids seem to necessitate moving to the suburbs, to the "good schools," to lower crime rates and larger backyards. It's even implied that my husband and I will do the same. Questions about where we'll move, and when, pepper conversations that are otherwise unrelated.

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Recipes We Love: Beet Winter Blues with Roots

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Author: Andrea Todd

Beets are a great source of natural sugars and vitamins, and I find myself with an abundance in my fridge mid-winter. So, recently I boiled a giant batch and have them at the ready for a salad, or snack. Turmeric is also a wonderful spice with health and taste benefits.

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Rules to Design By: Green Chemistry Principles

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Author: the Inkslinger

While researching an article on Green Chemistry, I stumbled across an entry on the subject in the ever amazing Wikipedia. It contained something that I didn't know existed: a set of principles to guide chemists in greening their labs and the things those labs create.

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Raw Food Diet: Lifesaver or Passing Fad?

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Author: Seventh Generation

Sting sings its praises. Demi Moore swears by it. It just might be Cher's secret "fountain of youth" and even Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and tennis great Venus Williams have turned to a raw diet at times for reasons that ranged from wanting to look and feel better to losing weight.

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The Magic of Toothpicks

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

My four-year-old daughter, Chloe, had three friends over for a play date last week, and naturally, the scene was wild. Every single toy she owned was on the floor. Every musical instrument was in use - two harmonicas, wooden castanets, a drum, and an electronic keyboard playing a mind-numbing Bossa Nova beat on repeat.

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Discussion Draft of Chemicals in Commerce Act Falls Short in Key Areas

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Author: Seventh Generation

On Thursday February 27, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Environment and the Economy Subcommittee John Shimkus (R-IL) released the "Chemicals in Commerce Act" (CICA) Discussion Draft to reform the flawed Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).

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6 Ways to Help a New Mom

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Author: Liz Moorhead

I'm in that phase of life where friends are constantly announcing a pregnancy. There was a short recent stretch where we attended six weddings a year, and on the heels of that, we now attend dozens of baby showers a year. So many babies, and with them, so many new moms that I'd like to care for and help.

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The Founding of a Great Polli-Nation

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Author: the Inkslinger

With arctic air turning America into a giant United Statesicle and most of us reduced to chopping up furniture for heat, it's almost impossible to imagine spring as anything but a cruel fiction. But it will blossom someday, and with those blooms will come all the pollinators we depend upon. Or so we hope.

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