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    Outdoor News: Your Immune System and Demi Lovato Are Hungry for Vitamin D, and We’ve Got Solutions

    We love to talk about the cyclical biochemical chaos that turns your bummed-out winter brain into a swoony spring one. But this week, spring fever feels like a simple symptom of watching the weather get nicer even as we’re trapped inside by the need to stay in range of that good wifi (at least until we can snag this top-rated booster.) Sure, we can stick...

    Pickleball Nation: How Two Paddles and a Wiffle Ball Helped America Reclaim the Outdoors

    When I tell people that I play pickleball, I usually get one of two reactions: What the hell is pickleball?Oh, my parents play pickleball. But what I’m waiting for — what I’m desperate for, really — is what my reaction would be: 3. OMG, I’m obsessed with pickleball, too — Do you wanna play? Every day? For two or three hours? Really, I can’t believe more people haven’t taken...

    TikTok Garden Tips: Yellow Leaves, Snow Damage and Terrariums, Oh My

    Just because you’ve heard of TikTok, or perhaps even downloaded the app, it doesn’t mean you want to spend a lot of time tracking the latest dance craze or self-abuse meme trending among users. Understood. However, the video-sharing platform also has a fair share of solid garden advice being shared in short, catchy snippets. We’ve been taking the opportunity to watch and learn, so...

    April Showers Bring May…hem: Why Spring Makes Us Whack (In A Good Way)

    Those of us who remember the loopy ’80s—here’s Buzzfeed’s 50 things only ’80s kids understand—recall the PSA in which a metaphorical egg sputtered in a pan as a voice intoned, “This is your brain on drugs.” The spot aimed to keep us from the drug pushers who hung out by the back door of the cafeteria, and who now mostly work in hedge funds. But as we shake off...

    I Bought a Trail Camera — and Now I’m Obsessed With the Animals Outside My House

    There are a million things I could talk about when it comes to having fled the city that never sleeps, but I want to tell you about a surprising hobby, or fascination, or obsession of mine. Trail cameras. Well, one trail camera in my case. I didn’t really have the nerve to buy more than one of these motion-triggered weatherproof recording devices at first. I was...

    The Connection Between Gardening and Mental Health That Makes Life Better

    Fall and winter are the dying times. Here in Northern California, everything begins to turn brown and dry from lack of water, crumbling away to the touch and building up tinder for ferocious wildfires. In the garden, the prolonged heat and dryness turn vegetables into ghosts, herbs into brittle sticks, rationed water leaving some with enough to struggle through while other beds are allowed...

    Replace Anxiety Dreams with Visions of Green

    I was holding a paper towel with 3 or 4 bean seeds. There was something different about these though, they looked darker and way bigger, like they had swollen up … I swallowed them all … I had a feeling they were going to grow into actual bean plants in my stomach so … I stood in front of the mirror. I was anticipating and waiting for...

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