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Passion for Food

By Lori Rodgers – My passion for fine food began at an early age. I started reading Gourmet magazine when I was 8 years old. Much to my mother’s dismay, I loved to experiment with unusual combinations of the items in our refrigerator. And then I would do my best to convince my family members to taste these concoctions. The results weren’t always edible, but that didn’t stop me. The more complicated the...

Let the Light In

We have made it to the month of June, and the unofficial start of summer is here. Visions of cannon balls into swimming pools, collecting shells on the beach, and the end of another school year are near reality. Summer is associated with the outdoors. And why not? After long months of shoveling snow, shorter days and dark color palettes, how can one not look forward to all that Summer offers? However, the sunny season does...

Urban Chicken Farming

Keffie Lancaster – If you had told me when I was a teenager that I would have chickens running around in the backyard when I grew up, I would have laughed all the way to the grocery store. But now, as a young adult striving to make mindful, healthy decisions (for both myself and my community), I my own flock. There is still a huge smile on my face when I open up that nesting box and take the eggs out every day. The...

When The Living is Easy – Outside

By Steven V. Philips – On the vast Philips estate we retain a duo of lads, though not exactly dynamic, to keep our pool from trending towards swampy. Lads? It is to snicker. A retired pizza chef and faux red-neck are our pool boys. Their work ethic is, let’s say, evenly paced. Weekly, or more accurately weakly, they skim possibly four small oak leaves off the top and seventy-two minuscule air-borne seeds off the...

Is Open Shelving for Your Kitchen?

By Steven V. Philips – Open kitchen shelving keeps nagging at me from the glossy pages of design publications. What is this no-doors nonsense? No doors? Really? Just your things out there, bare-naked? This design approach used to get me talking to myself. “Do you really want to show off your chipped, mismatched collection of random dinnerware?” OK, I may be a bit anal. But has anybody got such gorgeous dishes,...

LED for the Garden Makes a Beautiful Nightscape

By Steven V. Philips – As I may have mentioned over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time creating a landscape at my house that some of my neighbors falsely claim is an attempt to make yards in the area look like pastures. Though I am often referred to as a pain in the mulch, they don’t understand that I retired from a job in a business suit to play in the dirt. I’ve become pretty good at it. But,  as...
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