Pizza Making & Craft Beer Party, San Francisco

    Come by and get educated on all that Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant has to offer from 4-7 pm on Friday, March 27, 2015. RSVP is required. Everything looks to be complimentary, but bring a few bucks just in case. They are hosting:   Pizza making class (yes you get to take your pizza with you.) Local Craft Beer Education – Complimentary Local Wine Education: Featuring Small Craft California Wine Producers Report Error in PostLinks: Event detailsCost: FREE**RSVP is required. Everything looks to be complimentary, but bring a few bucks just in case.   Advertisements Continue reading Pizza Making & Craft Beer Party, San Francisco

Earth Hour 2015

    Join environmentally-conscious people all over the globe by turning off your lights for one hour on Saturday night and instead light candles, or simply enjoy the dark of the night. The Golden Gate Bridge along with dozens of buildings, monuments all over the country all turning off their non-essential lighting at 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Participation is easy. By flipping off your lights at 8:30 pm local time you will be making the switch to a cleaner, more secure nation and prosperous America. Earth Hour 2015 Saturday, March 28, 2015 | 8:30-9:30 pm >> RSVP … Continue reading Earth Hour 2015

Annoying Things People In Relationships Say

People in relationships can be annoying. Unbelievably, obliviously, profoundly annoying. The worst part? They often have no idea. There are obviously plenty of awesome couples, but every single person knows what it is like to have a few friends who jumped into relationships and adopted obnoxious partner personalities. Where you once had a decent buddy, you now have a friend who might as well be sewn to her “other half” and thinks it’s totally adorbz that you’re “still” single.(Related: 13 Signs You’re That Couple Everyone Hates)Though I am currently seeing somebody, I have been single for the past year since … Continue reading Annoying Things People In Relationships Say

Domestic Violence and Your Children

If you think domestic violence is limited to adults, you’d be incorrect. In a recent survey, approximately 1.5 million U.S. high schoolers—both boys and girls—admitted to being victims of physical violence from a romantic partner within the last year. Unfortunately, research also shows that only about a third of those teens will confess the abuse to someone else.If you’re a parent, finding out your child is a victim of dating violence can be one of the toughest scenarios imaginable. Janice Miller, director of client services at House of Ruth, an intimate partner violence center in Maryland, says her center’s 24-hour … Continue reading Domestic Violence and Your Children

Kids in Sports, When is it Enough?

Julie hadn't even gotten her first training bra. But she had already developed a sports-related injury. She had been swimming competitively since the age of five. She had a shelf full of ribbons and trophies, and by her seventh birthday, her coaches had moved her up to a higher team level. Sounds exciting, right? Not so much. Julie was expected to attend practice four days a week and swim meets most weekends–year round. Fast forward a few years to fifth grade: Julie, now a busy eleven-year-old, has lots of friends, solid academics–and no complaints. Well, almost no complaints. She has … Continue reading Kids in Sports, When is it Enough?

Bike Maintenance

Have you ever thought about doing your own bicycle maintenance, but were not sure where to start? Or maybe you felt that you were not really the bike mechanic type. If you love cycling, learning to do your own bike maintenance and repairs is worth the effort. It allows you to get to know the workings of your bike better, and you will have a better understanding on how to keep it running at tip top shape. You do not need to know how to take apart your whole bicycle and reassemble it. Becoming an expert at home bike mechanic … Continue reading Bike Maintenance

Are Retirement Savings an Illusion?

The nation is facing a looming retirement income crisis. Average retirees today are not well off. Tomorrow's average senior is likely to be in worse shape. Instead of addressing this looming crisis, too many of the nation's policymakers and elites propose to make it worse. They tell the American people that Social Security's earned benefits must be cut, despite their modest size. They tell public-sector workers that their pensions are unaffordable, despite the fact that workers have already earned those benefits, indeed foregoing current compensation in the process. Rather than proposing the expansion of Social Security and fighting for public … Continue reading Are Retirement Savings an Illusion?

How to Plan a Vegetable Garden

Here's all you need to know about what to plant in a garden filled with vegetables.Starting a vegetable garden at home is an easy way to save money — that $2 tomato plant can easily provide you with 10 pounds of fruit over the course of a season.Planting a garden with vegetables also gives you the pleasure of savoring a delicious, sun-warmed tomato fresh from the garden. In almost every case, the flavor and texture of varieties you can grow far exceed the best grocery store produce.Plus, growing vegetables can be fun. It's a great way to spend time with … Continue reading How to Plan a Vegetable Garden

Living Their Dream

Winters in the Upper Peninsula are long and harsh. Imagine getting through them while living off the land and off the grid, as this couple does.He lives in a log cabin in a mountainside forest in the northern wilds of the Upper Peninsula. The nearest road is miles away. The only way to get to the cabin is to hike awhile through the woods.John and his wife, Victoria, own Ishpeming Birchbark Canoes. They build traditional wood canoes at home by hand the way the Ojibwa Indians of the region did hundreds of years ago, a skill that comes easy because … Continue reading Living Their Dream

The New Indentured Servitude?

Education debt is crippling students, and America's response gets a failing grade.While President Obama's "Student Aid Bill of Rights" is a prudent and necessary step towards aiding college students, his announcement comes late for the seven million borrowers already indentured to their education debt. In "Forgive Us Our Debts" (Sojourners, April 2015), Virginia Gilbert investigates the cause-and-effect battle of education debt and the way it is hindering a generation of college students. How big is the student debt burden? See below for the poor report card reveal. Continue reading The New Indentured Servitude?