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Home & Garden

Shelter and Sociability

As spring arrives with social events in the community and the call of the gardens at home, I find myself reflecting on the dance of shelter and sociability. Vital relationships in the wide community of life include family, friends and neighbors as well as the pets, squirrels and birds that pass through the gardens, the […]

Early Summer Buzz

Early summer is prime time in the journey to the ground at our feet with warming days to stir both soil and soul. With summer solstice upon us, the dirt–under my fingernails, on my fresh produce–is as common as longer hours of daylight. How healthy is your strawberry season? Strawberries, with cream and shortcake is […]

Journey to the Ground at Our Feet

Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry once wrote: “The world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, however long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch very arduous and humble and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be at home.” Think of the places where […]

The Weather Outside is Frightful

Up until recently, it only took one extreme weather event to make a year stand out. We recall the heatwave of 1995 or the deep freeze of 1996—very memorable for me as the high temperatures in Duluth, Minnesota, where I was living briefly, stayed at all of 20 below zero for two weeks straight.  But […]

Radiant Gifts

Thanks to President George W. Bush and his positively brilliant idea to sign into law in 2007 a federal energy bill establishing energy-efficiency standards for light bulbs, inventiveness in the lighting sector has been unleashed, and manufacturers are on fire with excitement about all the new products they’re bringing to market this year. (The standards […]

Where Everything’s Waiting for You (Downtown)

“It was a converted carriage house,” says Jane Cameron of the home in Hastings, New York, where she and her husband, Jamie, raised their family. Seven thousand square feet on two acres of land, the open-style house had five bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a loft-turned-rumpus-room that was the ideal rainy-day space for […]

Take Advantage of Rebates on Efficient Appliances

The good news: Appliance manufacturers are making appliances more energy efficient than ever, and we as consumers are getting more savvy, for instance buying Energy Star-rated refrigerators that use a fraction of the electricity the old ones did just twenty years ago. The bad news: When we buy the spiffy new fridge, we haul the […]

Get Started on Your Winter Garden!

If we didn’t feel it already, last week’s East Coast snow blitz gave a sure sign that winter is on its way, bearing colder temperatures, wetter conditions and shorter days. Before you’re bundled in sweaters and dreading to leave the house, spare your garden the climate shock by taking the time now to dress it […]

Winterizing Your Home? Get Help Paying For It!

When we decided to renovate our Wellfleet, Massachusetts home three years ago, we discovered we were changing just enough of the house to require bringing all of the electricity and plumbing up to current code. This meant removing all of the wallboard and insulation in the house to run the new wires and pipes–totally blowing our […]

Eliminate Fall and Winter Pests Safely

Our info on keeping pets healthy flew off the table last week at the Life@50+ AARP convention and it’s no surprise–as fall rolls in fleas hop back into our homes and mice burrow their way into our basements. Pests can be serious problems, particularly if you or your pet have allergic responses, but poisons often […]

Smart Cookware for Seniors

Enjoying cooking late in life is the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Having the right cookware is a key ingredient. Here are some basics that all seniors in the market for a few good pieces should know: Heavy Cookware While heavy bottomed pots and pans help ensure even cooking and prevent foods from […]

Healthy Summer Grilling

My wife and I love to grill in the summer. It’s fast, easy and one of the healthier, more environmentally responsible ways to cook. Healthy, environmentally responsible?…Aren’t we talking about hotdogs and hamburgers? No, not even close. Though we packed this past 4th of July weekend full with kayaking, parade watching and other kid-friendly activities […]

Keep Mosquitoes at Bay

Summer is here and we’re all probably eager to get out into the garden or just onto the porch with a cool drink. Those of you who seem to be natural mosquito magnets like me are probably also thinking about stocking up on repellents as well. There are so many products on the market, though, […]

Indoor Gardening

Gardening at home is a past-time very familiar to many older adults. Unfortunately, garden plots can be hard to maintain as we get older, or there may not be outdoor space for them in condos or retirement communities. The doesn’t make having a garden any less pleasant or healthy. Try an indoor garden in a […]

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