Despite their reputation for being self-centered creatures, young children are actually quite capable of showing compassion to those who are needy and vulnerable. Isn't it the very young, after all, who cheer the loudest when their heroes inevitably triumph over evil? And isn'.... read more
It's hard to recall a time when recycling was a novelty, a time before the universal recycling symbol—you know, those three bent arrows that form a kind of triangle—became ubiquitous, a time when everyone just threw everything away. But those wasteful days, really, aren't .... read more
No matter where you live, from Orlando to Ottawa, spring is starting to arrive, spreading its roots and vines and new buds as far as the eye can see. And whether you're a seasoned green-thumb, with vast botanical knowledge and dirt permanently embedded beneath your fingernails.... read more
Thanksgiving, as hard as it is to believe, is now less than two weeks away, and the time seems right, on the cusp of this season of feasting and family, to take stock of all the abundance in our lives. Whether you count your blessings, thank your lucky stars, or just ruminate .... read more
While I love the deliciousness and wholesomeness of the many organic foods that I buy, I don't especially love how much more I must pay for organic than for non-organically grown. I don't blame the organic farmers—it's not their fault that responsible stewardship of the lan.... read more
You know what would be pretty great right about now? A fabulous, mind-expanding trip around the globe, with stops in all of the world's most vibrant cities, and with lots of magnificently exotic foods. A little thing about world travel, however, is that it's more than just a t.... read more
As marvelous as getting out of town can be, sometimes staying home can me equally splendid, or even, if the staying home's done properly, better than schlepping off to some distant location. Because as great as it feels to be an out-of-town tourist, being an in-town tourist is.... read more
What's marvelous about summer vacation, whether it's spent at Gramma's, at the beach, or in some faraway city, is that it provides a break from the obligations and expectations that mark the vast majority of our day-to-day lives. It's good, no matter how much we love our .... read more
It's easy enough to forget, in an increasingly expanding universe of technology and social networking, that the world is actually comprised of countless individual communities, each of which, in its way, is vital to the health of the rest of the planet. Anyone with even a rudi.... read more
Little children, who spend their days climbing trees and splashing in puddles, who adore woodland creatures and wallow in dirt, often become, without their even realizing it, staunch environmentalists. For though they may not grasp the magnitude of pollution and deforestat.... read more
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