Sleep Happier and Healthier in a Toxin-Free Bedroom


We spend 30 to 40% of the time from the bedroom, according to the American Time Use Survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ideally, it is where our bodies and minds rest and…

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Hemp: From the Haze, Into Your Own House


This controversial substance is often related to the hippies of the ’60s, but it is actually one of the first known domesticated plants. Hemp was cultivated by cultures for decades. In fact, the initial drafts…

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Take a Mini Springtime Tour of Monet's Giverny Gardens


I made a pilgrimage of sorts lately, not to a holy shrine or statuesque cathedral, but into a bit of land that motivated the fantastic impressionist painter Claude Monet: Giverny, in northern France. It was…

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The Poop Scoop: Enhance Your Soil With Good Old Manure


Given the choice, would you choose a natural, inexpensive fertilizer for your plants or a costly chemical fertilizer? Imagine if you could boost your crops’ ability to take up nutrients and water while improving the…

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Wondrous Steampunk Style for a Massachusetts Victorian


Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum are lovers of steampunk design, which blends elements of the steam-powered Victorian age and science fiction. Envision an early-1900s lathe machine built to make plasma lighting artwork. Or a ray gun…

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Online, Nobody Knows You're a Lamp


Don’t look now, but you are on the Internet. It’s great, isn’t it? Soon your family appliances — refrigerator, stove, alarm clock, air conditioner, garage door opener and lights — will all get on the…

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