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Thanksgiving Cleaning with...
It’s time to clean the house for Thanksgiving! Find out how to make homemade cleaners from natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, lemons, and salt—many found right in...
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COVID-19: A Few Food Safety Precautions
Is our food safe? Reassuringly, there’s currently no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through...
Raising Chickens 101: How to Raise Baby Chickens
Want to learn how to raise chicks? Here’s a beginner’s guide to bringing up baby, from purchasing...
COVID-19: Disinfecting Your House
It’s time for spring cleaning. With COVID-19, we’re also thinking about disinfecting the home. The...
What’s a Spring Tonic? While the vernal equinox may mark the moment of spring, the appearance of...
COVID-19: Social Distancing? Quarantine? Self-Isolation?
Social Distancing? Quarantine? Isolation? Lockdown? With the COVID-19 cases growing, we’re learning...
Eating Weeds: Why Not?
In the spring, I venture into fields, looking for signs of the first wild foods of spring. Yes, I...
The Dirt Cure for the Winter Cough
In 1849, a farmer prescribed a “dirt cure” for a winter cough. Janice Stillman, editor of The Old...
How to Prepare for COVID-19
We’ve seen the images in the media: crowds of people wearing surgical masks; healthcare workers in...
2020 Great Backyard Bird Count | Citizen Science Projects
Join a citizen science project! If you can count birds, bees, or garden bugs, you’ve got the skills...
What is Witch Hazel?
Our witch hazel started blooming in February. Its yellow to orange-red flowers add a slash of color...
Mid-Winter Stress Relief
Light deprivation, snow and ice storms, dangerous driving conditions, power outages, frozen pipes,...
Eat the Rainbow of Fruit and Vegetables for Health
Ever heard of “eating a rainbow” of vegetables and fruit? Nature’s pigments are amazing at ...
How to Find Your Perfect Mate
Herewith, from science and folklore, are more than 20 “surefire” techniques for finding, attracting...
Aphrodisiac Foods: Chocolate, Oysters, and Spanish Fly?
Since the beginning of time, stories about aphrodisiac foods have abounded. Who hasn’t heard that...
15 Cheesy Pickup Lines and Romance
Let’s amuse ourselves with the silly side of romance. Here are 15 pickup lines guaranteed to lose...
Test Your Marriage IQ
Get out your pencils and sharpen your wit—this is the test you’ve all been waiting for. It’s time...
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up the Garden
By now, many of you have heard of Marie Kondo’s book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. ...
Wondering About Oat Milk? Make Your Own!
Feelin’ your oats? Sowing your oats? Or maybe you’re eating your oats. (Yes! They’re good for you...
100 Ways to Avoid Dying
“Don’t let a lizard count your teeth.” Discover 100 ways to avoid dying—without giving up any of...
Herbs for Health? Think Soup!
Think of soup as a great way to boost your health by adding herbs. It’s an easy way to create your...
Raising Chickens 101: Choosing the Right Chicken Breeds
Choosing the right chicken breed is an important part of raising chickens. Here are some things to...
5 Home Remedies for Winter Colds and Coughs
Feeling tired and achy? Scratchy throat? Queasy stomach? Suspect you may be coming down with that...
Good Luck Superstitions and Old Wives' Tales
There are many superstitions for “good luck” around the home. Many of these would be called “Old...
What Is CBD? Is It Safe and Effective?
Many readers have asked us about CBD. “It has surpassed all other supplements in history in terms...
How to Get Rid of Bad Smells
There are many ways to mask bad odors in your home, but how do you truly get rid of them? Here’s ...
Windchill Chart for the United States
This updated Wind Chill Chart helps you understand how cold it “feels” outside—by combining the...
Poisonous Plants for Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets
Do you know which plants are poisonous to your dog, cat or other pet? Keep your fuzzy friends safe...
How to Eat in Seven Words
Looking for advice on a healthful eating plan? There are so many diets that it can set your head to...
How to Live a Longer Life
Can you be too busy to die? Perhaps there’s just no time to answer the door when the Grim Reaper...
A Midlife Reincarnation Through Exercise
A midlife reincarnation through exercise changed everything for me. And here’s some good news: A...
Setting Chicken Eggs by the Moon's Sign
Setting chicken eggs by the Moon? According to tradition, this age-old practice will produce...
Keeping New Year's Resolutions
New Year’s resolution traditions actually go back to ancient times. So, before you pooh-pooh the...
Homemade Deodorant, Aftershave, and Shaving Cream
Make homemade deodorant for men or women that really works, especially in a pinch! It’s also easy...
How to Write a Thank-You Note
Why are thank-you notes important? How long does a thank-you note have to be? Here are the oft-...
5 Ways to Prevent Nasty Stomach Bugs Over the Holidays
Feeling sick to your stomach? Overindulgence in holiday goodies might not be the culprit. ‘Tis the...
Wearing Socks to Bed: Warm Feet, Better Sleep?
Ever heard the old advice that wearing socks can help you fall asleep? Now there is evidence that...
Animal Track Identification
You don’t have to be in the jungle or deep forest to be an animal tracker. Animal footprints are...
High-Fiber Food: What’s the Big Deal?
Maybe you’ve read that most Americans get less than half the fiber they need for optimal health,...
How to Grow Ginger Indoors
Cold and flu season is coming up and, if you find yourself under the weather, a steaming hot cup of...
10 Ways to Save Money on Heating
Everyone wants to save on their heating bill, so here are 10 ways to cut heating costs and keep...
Homemade Bathroom Cleaners: Toilets, Tubs, and Tiles
To clean your bathroom, use items straight from the pantry! From a toilet bowl cleaner to tub, tile...
Talking to Your Doctor About Pain
Pain brings more Americans to their doctors than any other complaint. Yet doctors can’t just apply...