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6 Methods for Harvesting Rainwater

<i>Written for city dwellers by city dwellers,</i> The Urban Homestead <i>(Process Media, 2010) is an illustrated instruction guidebook for the homesteading</i> …

Farming

21 Fantastic Beach Reads Our Readers Loved This Summer

Summer's not over yet!

Books

21 Documentaries To Watch If You're Bored Right Now

Docu-ME-TIME-aries, amirite?

Entertainment

These homemade pretzel bites will ruin all other pretzels

Photo via Thanksgiving.com<p>America loves pretzels. They’re a great accompaniment to watching TV, pair well with beer and, of course, what baseball …

Dessert

Are middle children really going extinct? Here’s a reality check

I’m a middle child, and I can tell you that a lot of the stereotypes about middle children are true. For example, being wedged between an older and younger brother seems to have inflicted me with a Jan Brady-style inferiority complex that never really goes away. And because middle children are …

Endangered Species

Lebron's radically different vision for public education is what we need | Nikhil Goyal

The purpose of community schools is to turn the school into the anchor of the community and educate the whole child<p>Rather than cutting such programs, we should demand a 'New Deal' for public education<p>It’s become fashionable for celebrities and the ultra-rich to start charter schools or make …

Education

12 Books About Mental Health Everybody Should Read

Help to understand yours a little better.<p>When the world feels like a confusing place, seek solace in books. Here, The Reading Agency, a charity that believes in tackling life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading, have pulled together a list of 12 books about mental health that …

Mental Health

How Does Birth Order Affect Your Personality? Research Suggests It's A Bigger Factor Than You May Realise

Siblings; no matter how many times they pinch your new Topshop midi dress and spill Jägerbomb down it or hide the remote control so you have to sit …

Siblings

The 16 Best True Crime Books Of All Time

It seems like everyone is obsessing over all things true crime lately — from binging <i>Making a Murderer</i> on Netflix, to tuning in to the latest <i>S-Town</i> …

Crime

This Unconventional Way of Consuming Books Will Transform How You Read

Give yourself permission to read this way and propel your learning to new heights<p>When's the last time you listened to an album from beginning to end? Yeah, right. But of course, you read books from cover to cover. I mean, who in their right mind wouldn't? Turns out, lots of folks.<p>I once believed in …

Writing

Creamy Cucumber Tomato Salad

<b>Creamy cucumber tomato salad is the perfect side dish for outdoor entertaining. This refreshing salad only takes 5 minutes to make!</b><p>We make this salad …

Recipes

These pecan cauliflower poppers will change the way you snack

In past years, there weren’t a lot of creative ways to prepare cauliflower. It was a side vegetable often steamed or boiled until opaque and then …

Food

40 Killer Vegetarian Appetizers

Even if you're an omnivore, it's nice to offer up at least one meat-free option when hosting a party, as it's likely some of your guests are vegetarian, or even vegan. Thankfully, we've got an array of options so superb that no one will miss out on the meat at all.<p>— <i>Additional reporting by Susannah</i> …

Cooking

San Francisco Sourdough Bread Recipe

"Use a good sourdough starter, one you have tended to, for best flavor."<p>Ingredients<p>4 3/4 cups bread flour<p>3 tablespoons white sugar<p>2 1/2 teaspoons salt<p>…

Baking

11 Nonfiction Books About Science That Will Explain The Weird, Wonderful World We Live In

Science! In many ways, we live in a thrilling era of scientific discovery. Some scientists are making breakthroughs in gene-editing and recycling …

Books

Grow Tropical Edible Hedges with These Varieties – Organic Gardening

<i>Pomegranate tree. Photo by</i> rmac8oppo<p>Here is a great way to fit more food into the city, the edible hedge. Have a property line with nothing growing …

Gardening

Ask yourself these questions before saying “yes” or “no” to anything

Your approach should change depending on your circumstances.<p>A LinkedIn connection that you’ve never met in person asks if you’d like to meet for a coffee. Your boss invites you to a networking dinner with several executives from the office. Your former college professor asks if you would be …

Shonda Rhimes

Anna Jones’ melon recipes

Melon makes a refreshing salad with chilli, wine and vinegar. Or grill it with spice and lime<p>Cheerful triangles of watermelon in coolboxes. Paper-wrapped cantaloupes on summer holidays ... melon to me means happy days. There have been three melons sitting in the fruit bowl on my kitchen table for a …

Chilli

Plant-based eggs are coming for your breakfast sandwiches

Mung beans create an eerily convincing–and much more sustainable–alternative to chicken eggs.<p>Soon, when you order a breakfast sandwich or a scramble at New Seasons Market, a local chain in Portland, Seattle, and Northern California, you’ll bite into a yellow, fluffy food that tastes just like an …

Agriculture

The Writer's Box: 'Bosch' and 'Hidden' chase the summer blahs away

Hope your summer has been a good one so far. As per usual, I tend to post less frequently during the summer months as TV viewing slows to a trickle. Not because I’m not watching, but because there isn’t much to talk about. I tend to spend as much time searching through my streaming services as I do …

TV

How to Start Living Low or No-Waste

Saying peace to plastic straws is a great start, but you can do so much more.<p>In early July, when Starbucks announced plans to completely abandon the use of plastic straws in all stores by 2020, social media exploded with praise and discussion about how to further protect our environment. It soon …

Sustainability

The Best Mystery Shows On Netflix Right Now

A little mystery makes life interesting, but Netflix knows that it’s the key ingredient in any bingeable series. That’s why the streaming platform has beefed up its offerings in all things unexplainable and bizarre. A good mystery takes episodes, even seasons to fully explain and there’s something …

Entertainment

Rethinking Honeysuckle: Casual Vines for Charming Arrangements

The casual personality of honeysuckle flowers and vines is ideal for making bouquets at home. Unless you live at Buckingham Palace, flowers are an …

Plants

10 Must-Visit Places in Florida That You've Probably Never Heard Of

1 of 10<p>Walkers Landing in Amelia Island<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 10<p>No Name Pub in Big Pine Key<p>3 of 10<p>Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Vero …

Florida

The 10 Greatest Real-Life Adventure Books

A panel of explorers nominate their favourite tales of suffering and survival<p>Why risk your own life and limbs when you can revel in just how badly it can go wrong for others? We asked a panel of explorers and adventurers to nominate their favourite tales of suffering and survival<p>The Kon-Tiki …

Books

20 Best Fruits, Veggies & Herbs To Grow In Containers For An Endless Supply Of Free Food

If you love fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs but don’t want to always drive to the grocery store to get them, consider container gardening. It is a …

Gardening

This Indoor Herb Garden Kit Makes Growing Basil Ridiculously Easy

Growing your own windowsill herb garden is a dream of most home cooks. But caring for these plants is a gentle balancing act: watering it regularly, …

Gardening

Planting a “living fence”

Wildlife hedges provide birds and other animals with food, cover and places to raise young<p>Janet Marinelli<br>• Garden For Wildlife<br>• Jun 01, 2018<p>A cedar …

Wildlife

10 Steps To Leading A More Plant Based Lifestyle

Going vegan is extremely hard for those who do it cold turkey. We’ve grown up in a society that has meat protein and dairy in almost every meal. …

Vegan

This Bookstore Is Stuffed With Just One Thing: Cookbooks

Kitchen Arts and Letters doesn’t present as one of the world’s great bookshops. It has no library ladders or espresso bar, no smell of bookworm or brass polish, and nowhere to sit. It has only slightly more bookish allure than the nail salons and hardware stores that surround it on a commercial …

Manhattan