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How to cope in troubled times? Whispers from Antarctica

Sometimes you have to cover many miles to discover relief during troubled times. For me, I traveled from Alaska to Antarctica, camera gear in tow.

Little did I know, I’d be forced to focus on more than

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The gravy blew up! Tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving

It became my job to make the gravy the year my husband and I hosted Thanksgiving dinner. Easy-peasy. I’d made enough gravy to fill a hundred gravy boats. Little did I know, my gravy adventure would—oops,

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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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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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What Dr. Seuss and Beethoven can teach you about Mother Nature

Who is Mother Nature? Is she a beautiful goddess draped in a fern dress? Or an old hag that stirs up violent tornadoes? Hold on to your mossy hat. You’re about to learn

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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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How to motivate yourself when you don’t feel like it

What chores do you avoid? Maybe it’s cleaning the bathroom. Or grocery shopping. For me, weeding was a grueling chore. Then I came across Daniel Pink’s “Pinkcast” called

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