Linda Calk

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10 Ideas to Steal from Desert Gardens

Desert landscapes look like the backdrops in old cartoons, endless loops showing a lone cactus silhouetted against the sky while Road Runner and Wile …

Landscaping

Potatoes could be your child’s passage into gardening | The Star

You don’t have to be a magician for a kid in your life to think you are. Just dig up a potato and watch their eyes widen.<p>Watching a vegetable reveal …

Gardening

How to Get Around Los Angeles on the Metro

When you are planning your trip to Los Angeles, California, it is helpful to know that there is a comprehensive system of public transportation …

Trains

Still-Secret Spain: 9 Fairy-Tale Towns Off the Tourist Track

For unspoiled nature, centuries-old architecture, and guaranteed tranquility, hole up in one of these postcard-perfect villages.<p>If you’ve been to …

Barcelona

Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Skill Blueprints’ feature allows anyone to create custom questions & responses

Amazon is adding new personalization options to Alexa, starting first with users in the United States. The new Alexa Skill Blueprints feature makes it easy for anyone to create a range of custom responses for Alexa, ranging from jokes to instructions and much more.<p>As reported by <i>The Verge</i>, Alexa …

Smart Homes

Introverts are natural disruptors – Here’s why

Co-founder of Quiet Revolution and author of <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking</i>, <b>Susan Cain</b> works to make introverts …

Personality

62 Great Backyard Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

Easy backyard decorating ideas, coming right up!<p>1 of 62<p>Save These Ideas<p>Save these backyard ideas for later by pinning this image, and follow <i>Country</i> …

Decorations

Hot cross buns recipe

For the buns, sieve the flour, salt and ground mixed spice into a large mixing bowl, then rub in the butter using your fingertips. Make a well in the centre of the mixture, then add the sugar and lemon zest and yeast.<p>Beat the egg and add to the flour with the tepid milk. Mix together to a form a …

Five of the most evocative books you'll read all year

Two much-praised travel books are among the titles shortlisted for the 2018 Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature, an award of £10,000 for “a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place”.<p>One is Border by Kapka Kassabova (Granta), which is about …

Books

5 of the Most Useful Apps To Organize and Store Travel Photos

You’ve arrived home from an epic trip and it’s back to the daily grind. If you’re anything like us here at <i>TPG</i>, dealing with the 3,751 photos taken …

Apps

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Quantum Mechanics

iA Writer's new duospaced font is great for drafts, and it's free

If, like me, you write a whole lot on your computer – be that letters, articles, blog posts, prose, or poetry – you’ll know that it’s important to use a good text editor that helps you word good. Finding a legible font to go with it doesn’t hurt, either.<p>To that end, it’s worth trying the new …

To Brits with knickers in a twist over Americanisms: don't get your panties in a bunch

Many ‘American’ phrases are actually British but a new book argues why we say what we say reveals a lot about our cultures<p>To those dedicated warriors hunched over their keyboards or gripping their pens, ready to fire off an angry salvo about the Americanization of British English to their favorite …

Linguistics

How to Pick the Best American Airlines Credit Card For You

Do you find yourself almost exclusively traveling with American Airlines or Oneworld Alliance carriers?<p>The world’s largest airline, American …

American Airlines

How to live joyously like an old person

"Older and wiser." You're on board with that, right? Sure. But what if I said "older and more joyful?" That probably doesn't click in the same way. …

Happiness
Gardening

Al fresco living in the Desert Southwest

"You just couldn't stay inside, could you?" teased my husband, Wayne, as he returned from running errands to find me wandering around aimlessly …

Florence Renaissance: How to Experience the Historic City Now

Florence, Italy is having something of a renaissance right now. With the opening of Gucci Garden, and jewelry designers such as Temple St. Clair opting to set up shop in historic locations like the Ponte Vecchio, there’s never been a better time to visit. Even on a more foundational level, the city …

Italy

How to Edit PDF Files for Free

Not everyone can afford the steep subscription fee that Adobe charges for its Adobe Acrobat DC PDF editor (Rs. 12,168 per year). The app is the best …

Apps

10 Books You Pretend To Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books - but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it's …

Books

What You Can Do When You Can't Stop Thinking About Something

There are only two things you can truly control—your thoughts and your behavior. No one else can choose either one of those for you. But sometimes …

Mindfulness

Sam Allingham on the Complications of Learning a Language

<i>In this week’s story, “The Intermediate Class,” a student named Kiril enrolls in a German course but soon finds that he’s become involved in a group that’s a little stranger than he expected. Presumably, you’ve taken some language classes—do you feel that they bring out a certain strangeness in</i> …

Language Learning

The One Thing I Wish I Knew Before Painting My Thrifted Furniture

There are plenty of reasons to shop antique and thrifted furniture over what’s available in catalogs and online—the lower prices and one-of-a-kind …

Home Improvement

Switzerland’s invisible linguistic borders

Multilingualism is to Switzerland what politeness is to the British or style to the Italians: a deep source of national pride.<p>It was one of the shortest train rides I had ever taken: just 10 minutes and one stop from the Swiss city of Neuchâtel. Yet when I disembarked in the small municipality of …

Language

Easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe

"This hummus can be made 1 day ahead. Keep it refrigerated, and bring to room temperature before serving. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds …

red pepper

These Sous-Vide Egg Bites Are Your New Weekday Breakfast

The most important part of the egg bite is (obviously) the egg mixture. Yes, the fillings are more exciting, but they are also endless, and you …

Breakfast

Clever Cost Saving Hacks That Provide Creative Alternatives to Expensive Cat and Dog Supplies

The very creative and helpful Household Hacker put together a list of handy cost-saving ideas that provide creative alternative and can help humans …

Pets

Arizona Adventures

A perk of living on the western tip of Texas is the possibility of reaching Tuscon, Arizona in time for lunch. Driving west from my home town of El …

50 incredibly beautiful small towns in Italy

Small Italian towns and villages get under your skin.<p>From north to south, bustling market towns and picturesque villages are capable of capturing …

Italy

Where to Learn Japanese, Spanish, and More Online

<i>If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use.</i><p>Learning a new language is tough but can be …