Author: marionowen

Equinox explained. And you need this cool, “daylight-darkness” chart for your fridge

To my chop-wood, carry-water friend Mary, the equinox means one thing: Time to dig the ashes out of the woodstove. For the rest of us, let’s dive into a little

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If attitude is everything, what’s yours — right now?

Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

What is your attitude—right now, at this moment—toward your spouse? Your kids? Your

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How simple photos can soothe a tangled world. Really.

On a drizzly Monday morning, eight people gathered in our living room. They came to absorb a few photography tips and nibble on warm, oatmeal cookies.

Little did they know that this was more than a

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Whale Ahoy! Plus the #1 Essential Tip for Your Summer Garden

What do whales and your summer garden have in common? I’ll share a tip that has solved many a garden problem. But let’s begin with a story: One morning, we departed the Kodiak boat harbor on our boat. As luck would have it,

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3 Personal Stories to Prove that Miracles Do Happen

What are miracles? Coincidences? Lucky accidents reserved for saints? If you’ve ever wondered if magic is real, these stories will confirm that modern-day miracles do happen. And that you

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Magic Happens While Hunting for Sea Glass on Kodiak Island

On Kodiak Island, you’ll find a special beach at the end of a forest trail. Locals call it Glass Beach. Here the tide delivers colorful shards of sea glass, twisted copper bits, even World War II dog tags. This story is about the time that Glass Beach delivered not glass, but an answer to

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8 lovely Little Planet photos of our world

Sometimes we need a different view of our world to really appreciate it. That’s why Little Planet photos are so powerful. Their 360-degree, gentle horizon invites you to look, and look a little more. Whether you use a smartphone

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How to end plastic pollution like this 10-year old activist

If trends continue, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.* A sobering thought. But 10-year old Lilly Platt is attacking the world’s plastic problem. She began by launching Lilly’s Plastic Pickup to educate the rest of us. No small task. And to think

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Guide to the 20 best benefits of lemon

In Kodiak, Alaska, lemons do not grow on trees. So when lemons went on sale at Safeway, I bought a dozen. Thankfully, friends and family members sent me dozens of how-to-use lemon tips. Here is a zesty Top 20, from

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