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4 Ways to Hint that You Want a Flashlight for Christmas

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

The Yulish TreeThe holiday season is just around the corner. It’s that time of year when you start thinking ahead about gifts to buy for your loved ones. But part of the fun is also dropping hints to your significant other about what you’d like to receive.

If you’re a flashaholic, there’s no question that a brand-new LED flashlight (or three) will be somewhere on your list. But how do you let your sweetie know you’d like an LED flashlight for Christmas without ruining the surprise? Here are a few techniques you can try:


How to Make the Most of Precious Purse Real Estate

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

What's in my bagWomen are often teased about the messiness of their purses. Do they really need all that stuff in there? Of course, many women will answer that question with a resounding, “Yes!” However, most could stand to consolidate a bit.

While it may be true that keeping one’s purse organized can be difficult, what is often overlooked is the importance of including multi-purpose items to help reduce clutter. The more functions each item in your purse has, the more space you can make for items that provide safety (such as an LED flashlight or multi-tool) or everyday value. Besides those precious family photos and good luck charms, anything else that is not necessary, or of immediate practical value, should be left out.


Barefoot Running 101: How to Get Started

Monday, July 25th, 2011

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you may have noticed that an increasing number of runners are ditching their shoes and hoofing it barefoot. Barefoot running is nothing new – humans evolved doing it, after all – but as a recent fitness trend it’s been getting quite a bit of attention. Barefoot runners tout a number of advantages, including reduced impact, improved circulation and muscle tone, stronger feet, and better posture and balance.

If you’re a tenderfoot, barefoot running may sound painful, but many enthusiasts are shedding their shoes for 10ks, marathons and even rugged trail runs. With minimal equipment required – just make sure to bring a headlamp with you to spot potentially painful obstacles – it’s an activity anyone can do. For those who are interested giving it a try, here’s a look at how to get started:


Heartwarming, Not Heart-Sliming

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

With all the disheartening news surrounding the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s good to hear some positivity on occasion. The National Park Service’s website recently published a story about a message in a bottle.
Sound tacky? Hardly. Apparently, one of the oil spill clean-up crews found letters written from the family of a British soldier who died in Afghanistan in 2009. Members of the crew were so touched by the letters that they wrote back to the family, sending photos of the group and a tee-shirt signed by all the crew members.
Here’s the story as told on the Adventure Guys’ Blog:

Oil cleanup workers clean up tar balls on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. Tourism is starting to pick up along the Gulf Coast with the capping of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Oil cleanup workers clean up tar balls on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. Tourism is starting to pick up along the Gulf Coast with the capping of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)


Different Earthquake, Same Question: Are You Ready?

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Chile earthquakeWhen the Haiti earthquake struck in January, the incident was a wake-up call to the rest of the world, and we encouraged readers to prepare an earthquake emergency kit. Last week, a devastatingly large earthquake hit Chile — an 8.8 magnitude that has left near 1,000 dead. Today, we’re asking you the same question we did less than two months ago:

Are you ready yet?


Haiti’s Earthquake: Would You Have Been Prepared?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Earthquake KitIn yesterday’s post,  I touched on the tragedy in Haiti last week. I mentioned that despite the immense devastation, I was encouraged by the world’s response of generous giving. And while that was true, I also found myself wondering about the seeming unpreparedness that some organizations have displayed in sending aid to the hurting nation. This, of course, led me to the question, “Why weren’t more people prepared for this?” Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes — these things happen. Just because we don’t know exactly when they’re coming doesn’t exclude the fact that we know they are coming. And then I probed a little deeper, asking myself a similar question: Would I have been prepared for a disaster like this were it to strike my own home?

Quite honestly, I had to say no. Unfortunately, I imagine many others would respond similarly given the same question. So, in light of my personal negligence and disregard for safety, I’ve compiled a number of references below on earthquake kits and earthquake safety.


Helping Haiti Recover from Disaster

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Peacekeeping - MINUSTAHIt seemed like the world was in a fog following the disastrous events in Haiti last week. I know I was…

The Caribbean nation experienced a massive 7.0 earthquake on Tuesday that left the country in ruins, and over 100,000 people are estimated dead. While learning about such a tragedy was heart-wrenching, I was encouraged to see immediate efforts to collect resources and send aid to the hurting nation. Countless relief organizations began allocating funds, governments mobilized aide workers, and many people began generously giving — even in the midst of a financial crisis. This outpouring of money and resources has overwhelmingly shown us that love for your fellow man is more important than personal wealth and prosperity.


First-grader suspended for multi-tool use

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Zachary Christie, a 6-year-old first-grader in Delaware, was suspended from his school last week for bringing a combination fork, spoon, and knife to school to eat with at lunchtime. His mother, Debbie Christie, said her son uses the multi-tool everyday to eat his meals, so she didn’t foresee a problem with it.

Frankly, neither do I. But here’s the real injustice of the situation: since the school has a zero-tolerance policy against dangerous instruments such as a “folding knife,” Zachary was suspended for 45 days and forced to attend an alternative school for troubled youth where he will receive counseling and teaching in behavior modification.