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Home & Garden

  • May
  • 24

Drop the Flyswatter: Insects Are Conscious

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To squish or not to squish? For PETA members and other kind people who diligently catch insects and spiders in cups or humane bug catchers and gently escort them outside, this isn’t even a question. But for others, a new study suggesting that insects are conscious beings means that the ethics of indiscriminately killing them […]

  • May
  • 5

Home Decor: 3 Steps to Vegan Glam

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For an interior designer, being a bit of a planner is practically in the job description. Having a solid game plan makes every project more enjoyable, and it makes my clients happy—which makes me happy, too! Naturally, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with big projects, and when I get into “analysis paralysis,” I […]

  • Apr
  • 29

Does That Baby Bird Need Help?

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As surely as April showers bring May flowers, spring brings baby animals. Chicks are hatching, rabbits are digging dens and fawns are meandering through meadows, so chances are good that many of us will encounter young wildlife. It can be difficult to resist the temptation to scoop up a vulnerable-looking fledgling bird or squirrel pup, […]

  • Apr
  • 14

Practice Radical Compassion: Be Kind to Cockroaches

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For several days earlier this month—which happens to be National Pest Management Month, according to the National Pest Management Association—I lived with an alarmingly large cockroach inside my utility room. I first noticed her on a Sunday afternoon on the wall by the door, just out of arm’s reach. She stayed in the same vicinity […]

  • Mar
  • 29

Deal Kindly With Uninvited Houseguests

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Early this morning, I was awakened by a sound that no homeowner wants to hear: chewing. Something, or rather someone, was in the attic, noisily munching away. Although it can be unsettling to realize that you’re sharing your home with a family of squirrels or mice, we can’t really blame these animals for seeking shelter […]

  • Mar
  • 22

Gardening Series, Part Three: Where Can I Find Native Plants for My Garden?

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Where do we begin if we want to grow a creature-friendly garden? What are some resources at our disposal? I collect seeds from my garden and the gardens of like-minded gardeners. A great resource for me is the Prairie Moon Nursery, which you can find online. It sells only native seeds and plants, which takes […]

  • Mar
  • 17

Part Two: Just Say No to Pesticides

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This is part two of a three-part series on gardening. Of course, it goes without saying, do not use pesticides in your garden! Use a variety of plants, and you will attract your own pest control. If something is eating your favorite specimen and you have a variety of flowers in your beds and a little […]

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