Baby steps to a better world

Living a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle has its challenges. As Portia de Rossi (who, along with her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, is vegan) told VegNews, “I think it’s more difficult to be vegan than gay.” She noted that eating vegetarian meals among meat eaters is “kind of suggesting that what someone else is doing is bad or wrong, and it …

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The magic number of Amazon book reviews — and the rules of the road

I almost always read customer reviews before I buy something on Amazon. Of course, I’m well aware that you shouldn’t always trust these reviews. I’m well aware that authors often review their own books anonymously and that a few nefarious folks go out and buy positive reviews. But by and large I find that if …

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A view from the top of Soda Mountain

Living in Ashland, Oregon, we’re spoiled with nature. We have deer and foxes and the occasional bear all within city limits. And you can escape people in about twenty minutes by simply lacing up a pair of sneakers and walking up into the hills. But occasionally it’s nice to get in a car and really …

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