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Are You Serving Up Radon in Your Kitchen?

Are You Serving Up Radon in Your Kitchen?

Thursday’s New York Times story will have a profusion of contractors and granite dealers crying the blues, not to mention homeowners who have already coughed up the cash for their granite countertops. The article, titled “What’s Lurking in Your Countertop,” has sent a frenzy of worry across the nation, leaving people to contemplate whether they […]

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Are You an Eco Snob? 10 Sure Signs You've Gone Too Green

Are You an Eco Snob? 10 Sure Signs You've Gone Too Green

Are you too green for your own good? I’ve become so eco-conscious that I fear I’m annoying; like those supermarket ladies who serve up unsolicited advice to parents while their toddler is having a tantrum. The first clue that I might be going overboard was when I realized that every coat pocket, handbag, and backpack […]

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I SIGG, Do You SIGG?

I SIGG, Do You SIGG?

Sigg, the feather light aluminum bottles from Switzerland have become ubiquitous with every age group and style subculture. So popular, in fact, that SIGG said they were forced to close down MySIGG, their custom design shop, and are no longer accepting new Internet clients to carry their products. Why are they so popular? Because they’re […]

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Jewelry Could Be the Culprit of an Unexplained Skin Rash

Jewelry Could Be the Culprit of an Unexplained Skin Rash

According to a recent health brief from Baylor Medical Center in Texas, unexplained skin irritations occur in millions of Americans, and for many, the culprit is an allergy to nickel. Lisa Garner, M.D., a dermatologist on the medical staff, said that only real treatment is to avoid contact with items that contain nickel. The problem […]

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Eco-Friendly Cash Saver: Make Your Own Soda

Eco-Friendly Cash Saver: Make Your Own Soda

The average American will consume an average of 43,371 cans of soda over an average of 77 years. That’s a lot of chemicals in your belly and a lot of waste in the landfill. Keep this penguin on your countertop and you’ll be doing your part to reduce the carbon imprint from bottle transportation, reduce […]

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Want to Lose Weight? Eat a Big (Really Big) Breakfast

Want to Lose Weight? Eat a Big (Really Big) Breakfast

New research from Virginia Commonwealth University shows that eating a big breakfast with carbohydrates and protein will actually help keep weight off more than a low-carb, low-calorie diet. The study compared the progress of 46 women who ate 1,085 calories a day with breakfast being their smallest meal (allotting 290 calories that consisted of 7 […]

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Ecosalon Recipes: Organic Vodka Faves Plus 3 Cocktail Recipes

Ecosalon Recipes: Organic Vodka Faves Plus 3 Cocktail Recipes

Having a drink has just gotten more respectable. With organic vodkas taking the stage, and recipes that include fruit high in antioxidants and fiber, happy hour can almost be salubrious. Three brands to know about: Square One Vodka Made from organic rye grown in North Dakota, this vodka is produced in a distillery that gets […]

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Where To Find Great Stories

Where To Find Great Stories

Finding interesting stories to pitch may include an element of luck, but for the most part, I’ve found that perseverance and resourcefulness are the driving forces. Because there really is an endless supply waiting to be written, I’m going to give away my secrets to finding ideas in my role as a Boston Globe correspondent. […]

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Hit it Big With Smaller Stories

Hit it Big With Smaller Stories

The next time you’re offered an assignment that seems a tad small or passed-off, take it. I was recently asked if I wanted to investigate an 88-year-old woman’s teapot collection for a Sunday column I write for The Boston Globe. It wasn’t as sexy as some of my other stories, such as interviewing Sharon Stone, […]

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