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Start Your Own Urban Farm and Enjoy the Good Life

Every morning, Steve Kunasek wakes up early to feed the ducks. He has four of them, and he finds their hijinks endlessly entertaining. Then, after making breakfast and enjoying a cup...


Four Ways to Protect Yourself from Ticks

Over the past 50 years, the medical community has identified at least a dozen different types of diseases that are spread to humans by ticks. The little bloodsuckers are especially active from...


Five Edible Weeds You Can Add to Your Diet

You can have a lot of fun picking up your groceries for free. Take a walk in your nearest park or woodlands and see what you can find. You’ll find many weeds that are edible, and some are...


How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

You may have noticed that Fall and Spring seem to be getting shorter. In some parts of the U.S. temperatures swing wildly from freezing to scorching, and season transitions happen in the blink...


How to Be Independent in a Natural Disaster

As I sit in my soon-to-be-former home office, moving boxes crowding the floor, the lights are flickering. They flicker because I’m in Baltimore, in August, and that means one thing: Massive


How Your Smartphone Could Be Giving Up Your Privacy

My friend Alice went out for drinks with her crew from work. Someone at the table passed around his smartphone to demonstrate how to use an app to locate when you want to meet up...


Pursue Your Dream and Live Your Ideal Life

Sitting on our porch this evening my husband, Mike, and I realized we had finally done it. We had finally completed our dream. For years, we had dreamed of getting a plot of land in the...


Four Ways to Protect Yourself from Poison Ivy

You may want to hire a professional landscaper for the job, which may be worth the cost when you consider the risk. If working near poison ivy yourself, take every precaution, including...


How to Buy Good Land for Your Homestead

Do you know what matters when you're buying land? I'm not talking about a house in the city – where you care about the kitchen, how many bathrooms you've got, or the view...