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Sacred Ships: the Drua of Fiji
When mentioning the tropical island Fiji, one does not usually think of double canoes, or waqa drua in Fijian. Instead, one might picture indigenous people in grass skirts adorned with conch shell trumpets. Or, soft...
Down jackets should not be dry cleaned, but can be hand washed at home.
5 Steps to Cleaning Down Jackets
Spring is here, and it's time to wash and pack away winter clothes. Some winter wear can be damaged by drycleaning. Down jackets, for instance, are insulated with the soft, warm under-feathers from ducks or...
The Miraculous Healing Effects of Good Music
During World War II, the U.S. Army field hospitals were filled with wounded soldiers. In hot weather, with hordes of mosquitoes and a severe shortage of medicine, the rate of surgical infection and mortality was...
The eyes are often overworked by prolonged exposure to harmful rays from electronic devices in addition to sunlight
Keep Your Eyes Healthy With Proper Nutrition
Most adults, and even children, spend several hours a day on electronic devices, taxing the eyes. In addition, the eyes are the only organ, other than the skin, that is directly exposed to sunlight; so...
A man holds up roasted Kopi Luwak coffee seeds inside a 'Kopi Luwak' or Civet coffee farm and cafe on May 27, 2013 in Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia. Coffee is a source of one of the most widely used drugs in the world - caffeine.
The Caffeine Controversy: Pros and Cons of Coffee Consumption
Drinking coffee is a morning ritual for most adults. Coffee drinkers will tell you that it wakes them up and makes them more alert. While there are studies that show health benefits to this workplace...
Lotus flowers are spiritually meaningful, ancient, remarkably beautiful, and it’s surprisingly easy to grow your own.
Love Lotus Flowers? You Can Grow Them at Home
Editor's note: A special thanks to Jen Stark of Happy DIY Home for her tutorial on growing lotus flowers found here, which we learned from when writing this article. Who doesn’t love the lotus? Exquisitely...
One of ancient China’s great medical doctors and herbalists, Sun Simiao was said to have lived to be 141 years old.
An Ancient Chinese Doctor’s ‘Cure-all’ for Nourishing the Mind and Body
One of ancient China’s great medical doctors and herbalists, Sun Simiao (孫思邈), was said to have lived to be 141 years old. He lived through three dynasties, was indifferent to fame and fortune, and held...
Some of the most nutritious and delicious foods can be found on an outdoor adventure if you know what wild edibles to look for and when. Morel mushrooms can be found on south facing hillsides and logging areas.
Diet Doldrums? Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Wild Edibles Part I
Whether cooking for themselves or being cooked for, human beings tend to fall into habitual eating schemes, which, while convenient and familiar, may not be tremendously satisfying or even nutritious. If variety is the spice...
soup receipe
Three Basic Recipes for Sustainable Kitchens in 5 Easy Steps
The rewarding experience of cooking at home with family and friends can be seen as a silver lining in the era of COVID lockdowns and economic uncertainty. As the saying goes, “the table unites.” Sharing...