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Marion Pritchard, Dutch rescuer of Jewish children during the Holocaust, dies at 96

Marion Pritchard, a Dutch social work student who was credited with saving dozens of Jews during the Holocaust, spiriting some to safe houses, hiding others under floorboards, and, in one case, executing a Nazi before he could arrest a family of four, died Dec. 11 in Washington. She was 96.<p>The …

The Diversity Council’s report shows women are paid less just because they are women. So why are we still debating the existence of the pay gap?<p>According to the World Economic Forum, there is no country on earth where women make as much as men for the same work. In their 2016 Global Gender Gap …

Gender

The Day Hillary Clinton Won My Heart

Earlier this summer, I sent a note to Hillary Clinton via her website: <br>I expected that it would maybe be read by a staffer, likely eliciting a …

29 books to read your kids if you want them to be kind and brave

There is little in this universe I love more than the end of my kids’ days. No matter how frazzled I am, or what superhuman efforts they put up to resist bedtime, snuggling up with them tucked in and a pile of books beside us is the tonic we need to end our days.<p>Kids’ books are beautifully simple. …

Books

Kindergarten, Naturally

Pine needles and crackling fires replace whiteboards and desks in Finland’s forest classrooms.<p>“To the brook! To the brook!” the three girls chanted in Finnish as they skipped through the forest. Within a few minutes, the other kindergartners had joined them in the fern-covered gully. As their …

Education

Hairy vetch might sound unpleasant, but it will change the way you grow tomatoes

Everybody loves tomatoes, but they’re not the easiest vegetable to grow. They get diseases, leaves drop, fruits rot, and gardeners will always listen to a new tip for growing healthier ones with better yields.<p>Tomatoes (and other crops as well) are often grown using black plastic as a mulch to …

Gardening

Tent idea for top of car to make camping easier, more comfortable

The concept<p>The Moonlit is a futuristic shelter designed to be installed on most cars. A large panoramic window lets you view the mysteries of the universe while you relax in comfort. The Moonlit proposes many features which cannot be found in a regular tent, like air conditioning, blackout windows, …

This is an amazing ancient city but there’s no one here

A private tour of the Parthenon in Athens, perhaps, where there are no ropes stopping you from venturing inside. Or maybe an early morning walk …

Archaeology

Nursing Home Lets College Kids Live Rent-Free In Exchange For Some Quality Time

Dutch nursing home reducing negative effects of aging with student housing program<p>A Dutch nursing home has a genius program that allows college …

7 trips worth getting in shape for

Valaer Murray lines up once-in-a-lifetime adventures that will have you hopping off the couch and straight into the gym.

How to Fix Feminism

HILLARY CLINTON’S securing of the Democratic nomination doesn’t just put a woman in range of the White House; it puts a mother there. And that’s momentous. Over the past half-century, unmarried childless women have overcome every barrier to opportunity you can think of, and now earn 96 percent of …

9 places you must go camping

Looking for somewhere truly spectacular to pitch your tent? Camp at any of these ‘pitches’ and you’ll never want to stay in a hotel again.<p>1. Wild …

Flower farmer's business blooms using other people's yards

Business is blooming for flower farmer Sarah Nixon, thanks to her innovative way of acquiring plots to grow her colourful crops in downtown …

10 super fun tabletop games that celebrate women and diversity

International Tabletop Day is here, and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate by playing great board and card games with friends. Gaming is a …

7 YouTube Workouts You Can Do With Your Kids

We all love to get in some buns-of-steel exercises or a tough love workout that tones our whole bod. And honestly, workouts you can do with a partner are way more fun than exercising solo. But sometimes, babysitting your nieces and nephews or spending your day as a rock star mom can make squeezing …

Exercise

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Gear Review: Oru Kayak Beach Foldable Kayak - REI Co-op Journal

Size matters when you’re into outdoor activities that require big gear and you’re tight on storage space. Kayaks have been notoriously cumbersome and …

Canoeing Off the Grid in Maine

I looked with dismay at our 11-year-old daughter, Molly. One eye was swollen almost shut; the other was rimmed in dried blood, the remnants of the feast of many bugs. Our eight-year-old son, Skyler, had counted 73 angry red welts on his tender white skin. Those were just the ones he could see.<p>"I …

Canoeing

12 lb Base Weight Gear List - The Trek

The long awaited day has finally come. I officially have all of my gear for my southbound AT thru hike. Here is the base weight gear (food and water …

Best Audio Books for Family Road Trips Vol. II - GeekMom

Reading Time: 9 minutes<p>It’s that time of year again. Spring break is here, which means road trip season will be getting a test drive before summer …

Why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States."<p>Following his recommendation, I enrolled my 7-year-old son in a primary school in …

Education

Israeli-Style Extra-Smooth Hummus Recipe

I love hummus, especially the Israeli version made with tons of tahini and a touch of cumin, but it's hard to find a perfect batch. Store-bought hummus typically has a great, ultra-smooth and -creamy texture, but it lacks flavor and is not easily customizable to our own personal tastes. Homemade …

Recipes

How To Use Your iPhone GPS For Hiking In The Wilderness

Using Your Smartphone GPS for HikingTravel TipsWould you be surprised if I told you my favorite piece of backpacking gear is my smartphone? I love …

Biker creates magnificent GPS doodles

Stephen Lund took the boredom-rite-of-passage, doodling, to a new level by evolving it into a sport.<p>The visually-minded biker has been doodling with …

Doodling

The best eight hikes in Big Bend

The Big Bend region sprawls forever, across prickly deserts, into rugged canyons and up hardscrabble mountains.<p>Reach out the window, you might think, …

Don't be afraid of making tortillas at home

Empellón's Alex Stupak, co-author of <i>Tacos</i>, explains how to make tortillas.<p><b>Melissa Clark</b>: First of all, just break it down for us. Tell us that making …

Three-Ingredient Backpacking Meals - The Trek

<b>…For When You Hate Everything in Your Food Bag</b><p>The first few hundred miles of your hike will be a blissful, face-stuffing party of Snickers and Pasta …

The law of peanut butter and jelly? Why some flavors work well together

"The more I thought about the things that I was eating that I loved, the more I realized that they all followed these laws," says chef Justin Warner, …

The Coolest Modern RVs, Trailers and Campers

Definitely the most recognizable out of the group, the Airstream, with its sleek silver exterior, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle …