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The first benefit provided by the Jojoba shrub is the delight one gets in saying the name. Go ahead and say it out loud a few times; the name has a Mexican origin so the “J”s are pronounced as “H”s. It’s just fun to say. Wordplay isn’t the only thing this plant is good for though. […]

Photo by Anton Preisinger

Aptly named soap scum is a vile nemesis mankind has been battling since we began bathing indoors. For some, feeling the press of a losing battle, the temptation to return to showering under waterfalls and bathing in river eddies — actually that sounds delightful — grows with each new layer of scum on their shower […]

Photo by Andy Dewey

The Pacific Northwest Sasquatch is a supremely hospitable creature. One of my most recent visits found me treated to a delightful lunch following an early morning hike — rather a jog on my part just to keep up with his daunting gait. Our trek began in the silent dawn with the sun’s first rays silhouetting Stuart […]

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Tiny houses are proving to be a practical living solution for many people. They have the potential to be fantastic homes that provide an intimate atmosphere and grant their residents a sense of environmental consciousness. Tiny houses also free owners from many life-dominating mortgages and bills. Brilliant design features throughout make tiny house spaces comfortable […]

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It’s impossible to quantify the variety of methods available for inflicting injury on yourself or your hiking partners. From insect bites and stings to broken bones the key to wilderness first aid is proper management of resources and the ability to identify what resources are at hand. When faced with injury in a remote location, […]