4,500 Square-Feet of Eden Blooms in Holyoke: A mega farm on a mini lawn
Jul25

4,500 Square-Feet of Eden Blooms in Holyoke: A mega farm on a mini lawn

In the middle of an ordinary residential neighborhood in Holyoke lies a hidden Garden of Eden, where pollinating insects buzz from flower to flower and nearly everything is edible. Despite appearances, this place was no act of divine creation. The garden was born of the hard work and ingenuity of Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates, two self-proclaimed plant geeks with a reverence for the complex web of systems that make up a...

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Free Will Astrology: White feathers and forbidden fruit, July 28- Aug. 3, 2016
Jul25

Free Will Astrology: White feathers and forbidden fruit, July 28- Aug. 3, 2016

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Free your body. Don’t ruminate and agonize about it. FREE YOUR BODY! Be brave and forceful. Do it simply and easily. Free your gorgeously imperfect, wildly intelligent body. Allow it to be itself in all of its glory. Tell it you’re ready to learn more of its secrets and adore its mysteries. Be in awe of its unfathomable power to endlessly carry out the millions of chemical reactions that keep you...

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The V-Spot: Husband Seeking Female-Friendly Sex-ed
Jul19

The V-Spot: Husband Seeking Female-Friendly Sex-ed

Hi Yana, My wife is interested in exploring her sexuality a little further — things she might be interested in trying, etc. — but is hoping to do so in a way that is female- and feminist-friendly. Do you have any suggestions for things she can do or read either individually or with me? — Helpful Husband Hello HH, My favorite kind of husband is the one willing to lend a helping hand to his partner’s continued sexual exploration —...

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Circus Smirkus Comes To Town!
Jul11

Circus Smirkus Comes To Town!

Circus with a Smile No elephants were harmed in the making of this motion-filled picture. The only ASPCA likely to take notice of the new high-flying act by Circus Smirkus is the American Society for the Perpetuation of Cool Acrobatics — a group we just made up, but which Smirkus has effectively pioneered since its origins in a Vermont barn in 1987. Founded by Rob Mermin — a veteran player throughout England, Sweden, Denmark, and...

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Could You Spot Someone Drowning? Spoiler: Probably not
Jul05

Could You Spot Someone Drowning? Spoiler: Probably not

For most people, the closest they get to drowning is watching someone on TV or in the movies going through the motions: screaming, flailing arms, and lots of splashing. So, when someone actually drowns, you’d think it would be easy to spot. But not always. In real life, drowning people rarely look like the water-drenched actors on screen. In fact, drowning people usually don’t make much of a commotion, according to the Red Cross,...

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Wellness: Hike Safe
Jul05

Wellness: Hike Safe

Wilderness survival films tend to focus on bears, wolves, sheer rock faces, and toppling (at least once per movie) into a cold, surging river. But most hiking safety tips — while often a matter of life and death — deal with more prosaic issues. The American Hiking Society asks that we keep a few main points in mind when we set out on foot to conquer some swath of the outdoors, no matter how small:   • Pack smart. Here are some things...

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