• 01
    Aug

    Illustrious words

    “Life is like a box of chocolates; sometimes you get a nut.” Forest Gump

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  • 01
    Aug

    Elect to follow the leader?

    “It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it” President George W. Bush

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  • 01
    Aug

    Artificial Light

    A new (2013) report released by the U.S. Dept. of Energy compared the lifecycle of energy and environmental impacts of LED lighting products with that of Compact Fluorescent (CFL) and incandescent (light bulb of our childhood). The first report of its kind measured fifteen criteria with a 60 watt...

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  • 01
    Aug

    Cooking experiment

    Electric or gas? I have always found the banter concerning cooking with electric or gas confusing and usually based on opinion over science. After waiting and waiting for water to boil on a friend’s gas stove, I decided I could perform my own experiment! I used the exact same...

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  • 01
    Aug

    On windows

    Windows are an intersection of your world and the outside world. Please dress to impress!

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  • 01
    Aug

    Inspiring Places: Bhutan

    With Nepal and China as neighbors, the Government of Bhutan measures Gross National Happiness over economic growth and/or Gross Domestic Product (GDP). “Gross National Happiness is the responsibility of government to create an environment that citizens can pursue happiness. Balance above all. We think about what we do rationally,...

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  • 01
    Aug

    Wise words

    “The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life” President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed...

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  • 01
    Aug

    Green Steps 101

    Living green experts for years generally agree that the top three steps to take toward a green and sustainable home begins with bedding (we spend up to 1/3 of our lives in direct contact) and goes on to include flooring, paint, etc. We would argue that the number one...

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  • 01
    Aug

    Factory vs. Farm Food

    In 2013, the Washington Examiner reported that the National Corn Growers Association had declared Virginia Organic Corn production the world’s largest harvest. David Hula, a farmer near Richmond Va., broke Iowa’s 12-year record of 442 bushels of corn per acre with 454 organic bushels! Critics are now questioning just...

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  • 01
    Aug

    Microban Ban?

    Studies dating back to 2003 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Kaiser Permanente continue to confirm that there is “no evidence that environmental surface finishes or fabrics containing antimicrobials assist in preventing infections”. Most commonly known as Microban, Triclosan was...

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