5 Reasons to Hit Fall Garage Sales

Fall isn’t only the best time to go apple picking, gaze at colorful fall foliage and think about costumes for Halloween. Fall is also a good time to hit your local garage and tag sales. Unlike spring and summer sales, depending on where you live, fall garage and tag sales are often chock-full of items to get you and your family decked out for the holidays....more

Shopping List: 5 Must-Have Natural Beauty Products

My interest in using natural beauty products has definitely increased over the past few months. I've begun to explore different, more natural products to replace the go-tos that I've been using for years. Here are a few of my new must-haves. ...more
Great suggestions, Perle!more

Hated the Commercial, Loved The Car: 2014 Cadillac ELR Plug-In Electric Hybrid Review

You remember the car commercial that aired during the Winter Olympics and the Oscars? The one with (Neal McDonough extolling the virtues of workaholic Americans accepting luxury cars as our reward in place of vacations like those lazy French bastards? You might have passionately argued for or against this commercial's message, but I bet you don't remember the actual car being advertised. And that's a shame, because the Cadillac ELR is a terrific car that, despite being a super-niche offering, more people should know about....more

Volkswagen Joins Global Green USA to Auction The First All-Electric E-Golf

Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Global Green USA are partnering in the auction of the first 2015 all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf....more

31 Days of Simple Self-Sufficiency

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Why is There Still Whaling in 2014?

Whales are one of the world’s most majestic and mysterious creatures, but they have long been targeted by hunters and poachers. Fortunately, in recent years, the demand for whale meat and other by-products has plummeted. While the scientific community is just learning how social and intelligent these animals are, the international community is failing to unite to protect these crucial marine mammals. Despite the fact that we no longer need whale oil or bones, humans are still slaughtering whales....more

The Future of Education is in the Hands of Teachers Like This

This week I sat down with Seth Brady, one of the 12 Illinois Teacher of the Year finalists.  Disclaimer:  Yes, Seth is my son, the same son ...more

Ecuador and Volunteer Tourism

Leaving Ecuador on the red-eye through Miami last Thursday to my home in Dallas, I have to admit I was quite tired.  My trip to Puerto Lopez, Ecuador in order to dive Isla de la Plata (the Poor Man's Galapagos) for the Marine Megafauna Foundation, to photograph Giant Manta Rays, was both challenging and inspiring at the same time.  There were inevitable low points...after all, we were in the developing world, and one always has to brace to see harsh reality....more

THE NEW NORM: HOTTER THAN HADES

The dichotomy between grass and desertification provides an insightful representation of California's record-breaking warmest January through August. ...more

Inexpensive Replacements For All Your Laundry Needs.

Everyone who writes blogs about saving money eventually writes a blog about laundry soap. This is one of the most popular subjects. I swear that I am asked about laundry soap more than any other money saving idea. I have written at least 3 posts on it. The questions are usually because people want to know how to save money and be kinder to the environment. Why shouldn't this be one of the most asked questions? The cost of a bottle of 50 ounce Tide at Amazon.com is $14.89....more

5 Reasons to Hit Fall Garage Sales

Fall isn’t only the best time to go apple picking, gaze at colorful fall foliage and think about costumes for Halloween. Fall is also a good time to hit your local garage and tag sales. Unlike spring and summer sales, depending on where you live, fall garage and tag sales are often chock-full of items to get you and your family decked out for the holidays....more

Grow free succulents, in 5 easy steps!

Succulents are my new obsession.  Not only are they fascinatingly beautiful, with their lush symmetric leaves, and incredibly easy to maintain, but they are also very drought-friendly.  Which is music to the ears of any California or dry-region gardener....more

Delicious Autumn

Every season has its own particular beauty and, while I enjoy each one in turn, I have always especially loved autumn. There is something about the ever-changing colours of the trees and the fresh crispness of the air that makes me want to take long, slow morning walks and ponder the ever-changing nature of life......more