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Ferns are the dinosaurs of the plant world

So many of us have the wrong impression of ferns, including me - I thought that giant Staghorns weren't really ferns but some sort of epiphyte more closely related to bromeliads or tillandsia.

Camp teaches basics of Buddhism

Activities help children and adults gain deeper understanding of faith
Paint floors for a low-cost update

Paint floors for a low-cost update

It's cheaper than tiles or carpet but it takes guts and patience

Olympic Games spirit encourages the best in us

Same ideals are in the Christian tradition, beckoning us toward a better world

The scoop on pets and condos

Do your homework before buying to avoid barking up the wrong tree


SUNDAY In 1099, the armies of the First Crusade defeated the Saracens at the Battle of Ascalon, a historic Palestinian city on the Mediterranean coast, one month after they had captured Jerusalem.

Shed (LED) light on exterior home design

There's much discussion around lighting these days, with good reason. Going green is a multi-faceted process.

Design a home for your comfort, lifestyle

Interior designer Alan Garren believes good design makes a house more functional and enjoyable, not just more beautiful. He believes details matter, like where the television is positioned and whether guests at the door are sheltered from the rain.

New book promotes free-form sewing

Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut believe sewing shouldn't be scary. Immergut, an artist and sewing entrepreneur, and Blum, a senior editor at Family Fun magazine, have collaborated on a book that promises to make sewing fast, fun and fearless.

Golden hops can grow a little too vigorously

Every summer, I monitor its meanderings and watch for any feckless forays into inappropriate places. Still, every year the thing escapes my attentions enough to flaunt its vigour.