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Why Does My Dishwasher Smell?

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Author: Seventh Generation

Emptying the dishwasher and finding dishes with a foul (often described as "fishy") odor isn't all that uncommon. If you've never had the problem before, the logical reaction is to blame it on whatever automatic dishwashing product you're using. More often than not, though, "stinky" dishes are the by-product of a dirty dishwasher.

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Food Waste Is Food for Thought

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Author: the Inkslinger

It's practically a rite of American dinnertime passage for kids to have their parents lecture them about wasting food. But the Natural Resources Defense Council says these conversations may be a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

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What's Tipping the Scales on Obesity?

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Author: the Inkslinger

We can debate a lot of things, but obesity rates aren't one of them. As a nation, we are heavily trending toward fatter and more so. In the opinion of most, it's what happens when you frequently choose unhealthy foods. But is it all about personal responsibility? Or is something out there packing on our pounds for us?

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Halloween Costumes That Won't Frighten the Planet

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Author: the Inkslinger

The surest sign that autumn is knocking at the gate comes each year in the dying light of late September. Over a dinner plate filled with garden finality, my daughter will invariably look up out of the blue and ask in sudden panic, "Hey! What am I going to be for Halloween?"

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Stay Warm Without Freezing Your Assets Off

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Author: the Inkslinger

Set in a world where seasons rule, last year’s, HBO “Game of Thrones” series features characters who ominously warn that “winter is coming.” In Vermont, it’s much the same: We’re steeling ourselves for a wicked long spell of terminal cold.

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"Supermarket" Food You Can Make Yourself

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Author: SJ WILSON

We all know that chocolate chip cookies, spaghetti sauce, and macaroni and cheese taste better when they’re homemade. But what about all the other foods that we routinely grab off the supermarket shelf? Many of them are also easy to make.

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Soundbytes: An E-News Capsule Roundup

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Author: the Inkslinger

My desk floods with a daily tide of environmental newsletters, articles, action alerts, and other odds and eco-ends. Most of it’s not very interesting. Only a few items earn serious ink. But in between lies news that’s not quite worth an entire blog entry, yet still good to know. Today, I’m packing as much of it as I can into a single post.

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Frighteningly Good October Reads

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Author: SJ WILSON

The night air is cool and crisp, and the fallen leaves are swirling outside. The wind is blowing through the trees, and for just a moment, it sounds like a low, eerie howl. Then a bare branch taps against your window.

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Capturing Fall in Its Best Light

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Author: SJ WILSON

There’s nothing like fall foliage in brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow to bring out all the shutterbugs. But many people are disappointed when they see the pictures they’ve taken, and they can’t figure out why. The sky is blue, the trees are red, and it’s not blurry, but it’s not the beautiful shot they remember taking. What went wrong?

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Food We Love: Kale

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Author: LisaFerber

A recent article in Us magazine featured a bevy of celebrities including Heidi Klum, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Aniston, and even singing diva Bette Midler who are devoted to kale. So what is it about the leafy green that’s taken the world by storm—in particular the world of people whose careers depend on looking their best?

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