Five Essential Starter Gardening Tools for Beginners
Gardening is a fun and inexpensive hobby with the potential of offering hours of fun and entertainment. What better way to enjoy the fresh air this spring than by trying your hand at growing some new plants? You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on purchasing supplies. This article will introduce you to the five most basic, essential tools that are both versatile and affordable, ensuring you get the best head start, at a minimal cost. Shovel One of the most important tools you’ll need to embark on your gardening journey is investing in ...
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Golden Age Illustrator Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale’s ‘Famous Women’
Born in Surrey, England, in 1871, Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (1871–1945) was a well-respected illustrator and painter of her day. In 1896, she created a lunette titled “Spring,” which was used in the Royal Academy Dining Room. In 1902, she had the honor of becoming the first female member of the Institute of Painters in Oils. She illustrated many books, including “Poems by Tennyson,” and “Story of St. Elizabeth of Hungary” by W.M. Canton, and “A Diary of an 18th Century Garden,” by Dion Clayton Calthrop, to name a few. In 1919, “Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale’s Golden Book of ...
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Riding the Rails in Japan—Across the Country, and Deep Into History
The train is on time—because the train is always on time. And I don’t have a seat. After getting slightly turned around disembarking my train from Hiroshima, which got me here in a real hurry, I’m struggling to make my connection. Dashing down onto the proper platform, I hear the rumble and clang of the big Sonic–Nichirin train rolling up. The passengers waiting to board are, as usual, standing in perfect queues, tidy single lines along numbered stripes painted on the floor. In a moment, the rolling stock will stop, and doors for those numbered ...
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Lifestyle Intervention Helps Low-Income Moms Reduce Fatty Foods
Overweight low-income mothers of young kids ate fewer fast-food meals and high-fat snacks after participating in a study—not because researchers told them what to eat, but because the program being evaluated helped lower the moms’ stress, research suggests. The 16-week program was a lifestyle intervention aimed to prevent weight gain by promoting stress management, healthy eating, and physical activity. The program offered simple steps tucked into lessons on time management and prioritizing. Many of these methods were demonstrated in a series of videos featuring mothers similar to those participating in the study. “We used the women’s ...
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