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First of all, the flowers look amazing!

Photo credit to Carlos Moreno of NPR

Yes, the headline is as ridiculous as it sounds. During a global pandemic, a housing crisis, and a year when almost 40 million Americans experienced hunger there are police departments and governments finding the time to take elderly people to court over their gardens. …

Ways for Students to Save Money this Fall on Books and Scholarly Articles

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We all know student debt is a huge issue in the US. As of now, student debt is over $1.5 trillion (yes, with a ‘t’) and most of that has outrageous interest rates. So, where students can save on books or articles is usually a big deal and sometimes is…

I briefly heard about this farm years ago and wanted to check in on it

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A few years ago, I read about an acre or two being turned into an urban farm up in Detroit, MI. I read that it was growing food for the local community and thought it all sounded awesome! …

School districts will be scrambling to hire — and it will be the students’ education that suffers in the end

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When school districts are scrambling to hire teachers this fall and not finding anyone they will be forced to hire long term subs to fill in positions. This will ultimately hurt the education of the students. Can we blame the teachers for not wanting to come back? They have been…

I needed some guidance

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I created this list mostly for personal reference. I am exploring the world of SEO and needed to compile a list from Medium contributors. This list is a compilation of some of the top articles on SEO and marketing on Medium from about the past five years. I think a…

They are noticing these atrocities

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My students are in middle school and they catch the headlines. By now, most have seen the headlines as to what is going on in Palestine. I am not sure what to say to them. They ask me why don’t we do anything about this as the United States? …

How I was able to reach more people online — and share my passions with them: Gardening!

Screenshot from one of my Facebook pages I help manage

I love creating content on all things gardening. I have been digging around in the garden for about 7 years now and have been sharing content (pictures, infographics, videos, news, etc.) for about that same time. I share through social media and some websites (some I own and some I…

Why can’t more countries do this?

Banff National Park. Alberta, Canada. Image via Joel Sartore

Each year in the USA, millions of animals are hit cars. ‘In the US, an estimated 1.25 million insurance claims are filed annually due to collisions with deer, elk, or moose, amounting to 1 out of 169 collision damage claims” (Wikipedia). Obviously I would love to see the US move…

A new solar powered filter helps make this possible

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When I first saw this new filter I thought why not make them on a larger scale to clean up bodies of water? Just in my suburban area alone I can think of over one dozen places that could use this type of filter. And this is actually possible, according…

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