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Why Everyone Should be Wildlife Gardening

Love your garden but can’t afford the time it takes to maintain? Traditional gardening with exotic plants and elegant landscaping can eat up all of your free time if you let it. For most busy people, that means that you will work all day at your job, then come home…

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Breaking Down the Block: 15 Ways to Find Writing Inspiration

It’s a common misconception among non-writers that writing just happens. Bloggers have a unending, nigh-magical source of topics and ideas. Fiction writers merely have to touch fingers to keyboard for a fully realized story to flow. If you are a writer, you know that’s not the case. When writer’s block…

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7 Best Apps for the Resistant Litterateur

Yes, even for the stereotypical, luddite litterateur: “There’s an app for that.” Now that we are well into the age of eBooks and word processing, app developers are continually creating new methods to facilitate reading, writing and literary analysis, in addition to general literary geekery. Feast your eyes upon these…

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New Hieroglyphics: How are Emoji Affecting Language?

Some sources say that the popularity of emoji began about six months ago, but if you look closely they have been widely used for much longer.  Emoji have been a feature of AIM (AOL instant messenger) and chatrooms since the late 1990’s and early 2000’s in the early form of…

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8 Air Purifying Herbs for Your Home

There’s nothing quite like being able to take deep breaths of fresh air inside your own home. It’s something you just can’t get from a candle or a room spray, but only Mother Nature can provide. Since leaving your windows open year-round is not an option for most of us,…

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14 Genius (Yet Simple) Camping Hacks

14.  Cheese-Stuffed Hotdog Fusion Add a cool twist to your flame-roasted Ballpark Hot Dogs by slicing them down the center and then stuffing them with strands of string cheese. Once that’s done, simply impale on a stick, roast to melty perfection, place in bun and enjoy.   13.  Coffee Packets…

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The Beginner’s Guide to Urban Gardening

Just because you’re a city-dweller does not mean that you can’t have your own little garden. It is possible to cultivate your own fresh vegetables in a tiny space; even something as small as a fire escape or balcony. As long as you have sunshine and can take the time…