An impartial look at common sweeteners from naturally occurring sugars to synthetic ones.
It used to be easy to get oneself back on track, but the high costs of living and lack of face-to-face interaction have created a hopelessness that few understand.
A simple discussion of the differences between open pollination, heirlooms, F1 hybrids, and GMOs.
Learn how to select and keep houseplants healthy and control the most common insect pests.
Polly Whitfield and Darius Taylor are friends who live in a Florida retirement community. After a surreal experience during a hurricane, Polly learns a deep secret about Darius.
Darius Taylor and Polly Whitfield are two residents at a retirement home in Sarasota, Florida. They are drawn to each other, but the depth of that attraction has yet to be revealed.
An arson/homicide puts a peaceful community on edge as the killer steps up his grisly game. *warning: this is a crime story that features violence to an animal.
On October 9, 1991, the artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude simultaneously opened 3,100 umbrellas placed between two sites in California and Japan. Learn the story of that project.
Can a garden thrive in times of drought? You bet! Here is a practical guide to more productive watering techniques that will help save money and conserve our very precious resource.
Interested in puya plants? Often seen in botanical gardens due to their rare and showy blooms, the smaller candle-type puya plants of South America can be grown in the southwestern United States. Tips on care and suggestions for introducing them to your garden.
Learn about the beloved weeping willow tree, its origins, care, value, and symbolism.
Learn the origin of the pangram and its significance in the history of typesetting. Making holoalphabetic sentences and other word games help brain function, spelling and vocabulary skills and improve creative writing. Give them a try!
Learn how water lilies help aquatic habitats, which ones are best for home gardens, and how to care for them.
What would you pick if you could only keep only 10 of your favorite albums? Here is my list, in no particular order, with favorite highlights.
On a budget? Need a personal DIY gift with that "wow" factor? This article includes tips on how to compile photos and make custom CDs or DVDs for an audio/visual walk down Memory Lane.
Colorful Fall leaves inspire a Japanese Tanka poem in the 5-7-5-7-7 format.
Interesting facts on plant behavior. They are equipped to adapt to environmental situations and stressors just like humans. They also respond to tactile stimulation, but do plants actually have feelings?
The tagua nut, known as "vegetable ivory" has resurfaced as one of the most sustainable products in the world. Hopefully, its comeback will put an end to the senseless slaughter of animals for their tusks.
Facts about the Barringtonia asiatica tree. Learn how a seed pod can survive afloat for 10 years, travelling hundreds of miles, until taking root on an island's shore.
What culprit rolled back my new sod? Learn how to identify damage and get tips to prevent it.
Good customer service is the key to success whether business is conducted online or in a store. Read on to learn key strategies and how small businesses actually have more leverage.
A discussion of popular diets. Learn how to eat for efficient metabolism, healthy weight, and overall vitality.
Transitions are an inevitable part of life, and we witness them in our natural world—from the changing of the seasons, to the slow sculpting of the Earth's landscape.
Learn to recognize signs of distress and how to treat the most common injuries with confidence.
Have you discovered your own style for your perfect garden? There are no rules, only possibilities. Here are some tips and creative ideas that might help you get more in tune with your outdoor space.
Here is my personal review of the Burt's Bees brand and why I love their products.
A look at the custom of taking tea and its history. Get tips on its preparation and presentation.
Share my relaxing post-Thanksgiving walk through the woodlands. It is filled with charming surprises.
A brief bio of the British animator with a sixth sense for cat behavior. Meet the mischievous cat fashioned after Tofield's own felines and watch his antics on short animation clips.
An overview of Anza-Borrego State Park and recommendations for visitors at the peak of bloom from March to April when the barren desert is transformed.
Meet the creator of the Addams Family in this introduction to the very talented and successful cartoonist who dared to find humor in the macabre.
A concise review of ladies' hats through history, from functional pieces meant to protect the hair to high-fashion designer pieces.
It may read like science fiction, but these fascinating examples of insect behavior come from the dedicated study by the late Thomas Eisner, the "father of chemical ecology."
Yikes!! Spring always brings these giant "mosquito-like" bugs. Learn all about them, their habits, and control.
An overview of one of the most recognizable and beloved tropical garden flowers. Learn how to choose, grow, and care for them in the home garden.
Live on a hill? How should these areas be handled? What plants are best? Will my choices sustain wildlife? Here are some different solutions to hillside erosion and a thriving garden with a focus on California species.
A how-to guide for avoiding garden problems in the future by planning in advance.
General facts about the beautiful hummingbird and its habits and preferences, with a focus on the species and native flora that attract them in Southern California.
Fall and Spring bring the Santa Ana winds to Southern California. They begin as a welcomed warm caress then build in intensity to powerful and destructive gusts. Here is that progression in a series of haiku verses.
DIY tips on helping gardens grow vigorously, preventing disease, and deterring harmful insects. Whether store-bought or produced at home, worm castings are a gardener's best friend.
A seasonal rain storm is captured from start to finish in successive verses of haiku.
Are we sufficiently preparing the next generation for the future? This is an examination of the realities our kids face following graduation and tips to help them along the way.
There are some excellent reasons to avoid overfeeding your garden. Here you'll find a discussion of organic fertilizers, optimum lawn care, and practical stewardship.
From pre-laundry spot treatments to knowing which fabrics need what kinds of care, you can extend the life of your wardrobe and table linens with these simple stain removal tips.
Learn how to maintain wellness and stay socially engaged regardless of physical limitations.
Learn how to create a habitat garden by attracting pollinators and insect predators while reaping the benefits of a natural easy-care yard.