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How to Make Incense with Fresh Flowers and Herbs

Aromatic candles and beautiful flowers help set the mood for any occasion. Romantic red roses can bring out an amorous ambiance while, fresh lemongrass has been found to give us energy and improve concentration. A personalized and natural way to bring these scents into your home is by making your own incense.....


Exquisite Rot: Spalted Wood and the Lost Art of Intarsia

The technique of intarsia — the fitting together of pieces of intricately cut wood to make often complex images — has produced some of the most awe-inspiring pieces of Renaissance craftsmanship. Daniel Elkind explores the history of this masterful art, and how an added dash of colour arose from a most unlikely source: lumber ridden with fungus.....


The Science Behind Happily Ever After

And they lived happily ever after… This standard fairy tale ending has made happily ever afters seem easily attainable. But what if we’re not Cinderella and what if we don’t meet the love of our life by chance in line at the local grocery store?....


Plant Symbolism Guide: 31 Plants for Every Personality

Plants, flowers and other foliage symbolize emotions, ideas and actions. Each plant has its own meaning and surrounding yourself with plants that symbolize things you want or value can create a positive environment. Knowing plant symbolism can help you pick decor and gifts that are more meaningful and personalized. Symbolism is also important when picking out plants for one of life’s biggest moments like a wedding or other ceremony....

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    The History of the Color Orange

    Orange is a color that provokes an immediate reaction. What is it about the color orange that makes it so effective? In some cultures, it’s considered a sacred hue, while in others it’s a symbol of royalty. Bold and dynamic, orange is used to signal danger while at the same time create a sensation of excitement....

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    American Freedom: Sinclair Lewis and the Open Road

    Some three decades before Kerouac and friends hit the road, Sinclair Lewis published Free Air, one of the very first novels about an automobile-powered road trip across the United States. Steven Michels looks at the particular vision of freedom espoused in the tale, one echoed throughout Lewis’ oeuvre....


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    Break Free of Your Anxiety and Phobias in 4 Simple Steps

    Anxiety that causes serious discomfort shouldn’t have to go on forever. Yet long-term talk therapy and treatment with medications don’t always free a person who’s suffering. Millions of Americans are dealing with some form of anxiety disorder: according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), each year, 40 million American adults grapple with an anxiety disorder in some form. ....


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    6 Inspiring Books That Will Lift Your Mood

    Losing yourself in the pages of a riveting novel or memoir is a legitimate form of therapy. Even better is coming away from the characters and the story with a renewed purpose and sense of hope. John Green, one of my favorite authors, said “Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” I think that’s true especially for people who struggle with depression and anxiety or some other chronic illness that is stigmatized in our culture. Between the covers of a book, we find a new world that shines some light on our reality...

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