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Entries by Maria Rodale from 07/2009

Greetings from Maine: The Top 10 Things I Love about "Vacationland"

| Posted 07.01.2009 | Style

You really haven't tasted lobster until you've tasted it in Maine, in one of those on-the-water lobster houses, where it doesn't matter how much of a mess you make because the seagulls will clean it up afterward.

By Popular Demand: My Mother's Pasty Recipe (with Lard)

| Posted 07.07.2009 | Healthy Living

While traditionally pasties were made as lunches for miners or other workers, in our family they were always served at a summer picnic.

Lead in Lawns: A Looming Crisis

| Posted 07.07.2009 | Healthy Living

Last week I read that the White House garden's soil was tested, and they found it contained lead above the safe limits...I am convinced that we are only just beginning to find out about all the permanent damage that lead and other toxins are doing to our health.

Ruthless Gardening: A Must!

| Posted 07.10.2009 | Green

Without discipline and tough decision-making, gardens turn into crazy jungles where the plants are so busy fighting for their space and survival they forget to make vegetables.

Health Care Reform: Paying for Prevention, not Procedures

| Posted 07.13.2009 | Healthy Living

The problem is that we pay doctors -- thus rewarding them financially -- for doing procedures, not for preventing disease in the first place.

Free the Seeds!

| Posted 07.15.2009 | Green

In laboratories across the globe, seeds are being captured, submitted to intense and painful torture (too graphic to describe here), and held prisoner in a scheme for world food domination.

Top Ten "Micro Moments" of Happiness

| Posted 07.17.2009 | Healthy Living

A new study shows that people are happier and more resilient when they enjoy micro moments of positive emotions in their lives.

Sex, Adventure, and Plant Hunting

| Posted 07.20.2009 | Healthy Living

The very plants in our own gardens have many stories to tell, if we are willing to listen.

What Family Values? The Real Reason America Is Falling Behind the Rest of the World

| Posted 07.22.2009 | Healthy Living

I stumbled across a list of the only countries in the world that don't offer guaranteed paid maternity leave. You might expect to see Liberia, Papua New Guinea, and Swaziland on the list. But the United States?

Fuzz Is My New Buzz

| Posted 07.24.2009 | Healthy Living

Maybe it's because I'm getting older (with the granny glasses to prove it), but I'm starting to tire of the whole "buzz"-chasing world. Now, it's all about fuzz for me.

Top 10 Places I Want to Travel to Before I Die

| Posted 07.27.2009 | Healthy Living

I am going to share my list of the top 10 places I want to go to before I die (in no particular order, although I hope dying comes last).

The Quest for the Secret of Really Green Pesto, Part 1

| Posted 07.29.2009 | Style

Pesto is one of my culinary specialties and one of my goals this summer was to discover how to keep pesto really green.

Secret Revealed! The Quest for the Secret of Really Green Pesto, Part 2

| Posted 07.31.2009 | Healthy Living

Making pesto can be a slightly messy job. Making two separate batches of pesto is a very messy job--especially since I was trying to get them both out on the table at the same time.