Advice Articles

For millennia, our ancestors experimented with the leaves, roots, seeds, fungi, lichens, barks and... read more
I’ve baked my own whole-grain bread for more than 40 years (the kind food writers call “rustic”). I... read more
Motivation flagging? Live too far from a gym? No room in the house for exercise equipment? Not... read more
If you live in one of the nation’s cold regions and burn wood for some or all of your winter heat,... read more
Coming indoors and going out, the dry winter air causes static hair, parched skin, and—especially—... read more
I’d read about using a slice of raw garlic to remove a splinter when working on a previous post... read more
Feeling tired and achy? Scratchy throat? Queasy stomach? Suspect you may be coming down with that... read more
If you burn candles in your home, especially around the holidays, keep in mind these household ... read more
Here in the northern latitudes, the incidence of colds, flu, pneumonia, strep, chicken pox, and... read more
Family gatherings, office potlucks, holiday buffets, neighborhood cookie exchanges, church... read more
Our modern potato came from southern Peru, domesticated there 7,000 to 10,000 years ago. Humble,... read more
Like me, you probably have a drawer or box where you toss all those socks that emerge from the... read more
Before we built a small food-producing greenhouse to replace a collapsing south-facing porch, I... read more
Here's how to make orange pomanders, which will fresh your closets and home—and also make a lovely... read more
Create a colorful strand of red and green chili peppers for a unique holiday decoration. Here's ... read more
Transform a soda can into a holiday candle decoration. Here’s how: Very carefully cut off the top... read more
I grow lots of garlic and look forward to my mid-October garlic-planting ritual, when the weather... read more
Would you like to re-create those pumpkin spice mixtures that are often for sale in gift shops?... read more
I’ve already blogged about the health benefits of eating a variety of richly pigmented plant... read more
Check out this author's intriguing theory—best tested by parents of large families—about the... read more
The chart below follows the previous post encouraging folks to eat more deeply-colored vegetables... read more
At a time when we seem to be surrounded by sameness, some parents want their children to stand out... read more
Even if you don't grow your own vegetables, you see their fall colors come alive in farmers’... read more
You can never be too prepared when it comes to having a baby and raising your children. Check out... read more
As with parents who have young children in the house, pet owners must take stock of their... read more
Why do pets eat grass? Why do cats rub against people? The Almanac helps you understand (and love... read more
Judging from these tips from 1867, the expectations of children between then and now have certainly... read more
The question of when to wean a baby has plagued new mothers for centuries. Here's Almanac advice... read more
Different pets will display sickness symptoms differently, but you should always be on the watch... read more
Just as with humans, improved health care has meant an increased life span for dogs and cats.... read more
Keep your pets well with proper nutrition! Here are tips for feeding your dog and cat. Note: Your... read more
Salt of the earth, not worth its salt, take it with a grain of salt, salted away, salty language... read more
Psst! Wanna save money, improve health and fitness, and lower your carbon footprint—simultaneously... read more
About six weeks after my 40th birthday, we had a freak April storm that dropped 18 inches of wet,... read more
In this blog, we are going to explore many various opportunities to raise and preserve our own or... read more
If your doctor gave you a prescription she said would improve your emotional resilience, keep you... read more
It’s that time of year: Friends, neighbors, coworkers, even some side-of-the-road vegetable vendors... read more
Millions of Americans—including me—are hard at work canning, freezing, drying, pickling, and... read more
(Here's an article from the Almanac archives with some tongue-in-cheek advice about having a baby... read more
Why throw out what may be the most healthful and flavorful parts of the foods you prepare regularly... read more