In college I shared a bathroom with a girl who made her own cheese. She rode a bike with no brakes and handlebars that you had to hold crooked to go straight. She washed her hair only once a week, and convinced me to do the same. She also composted. One wet spring evening I …

→Read More

If you’re looking closely enough, adventure opportunities are everywhere. I started  by looking at islands to circumnavigate in my kayak; I thought circling round an island by kayak could be a fun and accessible mini adventure, one perhaps I could pack into a single weekend. As I scribbled down notes on various islands, I came …

→Read More

Allyson Leang is founder of The Ski Lab, a small “mom-and-pop” operation in Park City, Utah. She and her husband handcraft custom skis for everyone from seasoned backcountry experts to newcomers to the sport, and provide DIY-minded ski and snowboard-building enthusiasts with high-quality materials and supplies. Every pair of Ski Lab skis is unique, designed …

→Read More

  Originally published on 12/12/13: For those of you that are artistic, anti-capitalist, forgetful, on a budget, hermitic, or just curmudgeonly, here are some things to give. 1. Give them a Paperwhite Jar. This is a pretty little number that grows quickly and blossoms paper-white. What you will need: A jar (I got mine at …

→Read More

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a long hot bath with a good book. Or a cold drink. Or a season of whatever TV show. Or a journal. Or a mug of tea. Or a potted plant. I’ve dropped a magazine or two in the bathtub in my day, but I think now those days are …

→Read More

Now, there are few things that dampen your hiking enthusiasm more than shot socks. I decided to take that bull by the horn and make myself a new pair. Crazy, maybe, but damn if they aren’t the most comfortable things that have touched my feet in months.

→Read More

[divider]In Brief[/divider] Ever wanted to build your own sailboat to tool around in? Chesapeake Light Craft hooks it up. Plans do not include instructions on how to sail, so, for that, you’re on your own. [divider]Where To  Find It[/divider] Chesapeake Light Craft

→Read More

It’s Only Natural From Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond [dropcapI[/dropcap] am an extremely skeptical skin product consumer. Emphasis on extreme. I’ll spend countless minutes pacing the aisles of pharmacies, health food stores, and voodoo depots reading the backs of cleansers and oils to check how they were made, where they were made, and …

→Read More

…as told by a former semi-professional baby-catcher* 1. Don’t freak out. Seriously, don’t be the kid that faints when we actually need you. Breathe. Get calm. Breathe again. And wash your hands. You can do this. Get blankets, towels, or cloth of some kind. 2. Call for help if you are on your own. Call …

→Read More

SUNDAY, 8:49 A.M. [dropcap]F[/dropcap]eelings that traditionally fall under the umbrella of “The Christmas Spirit,” include “warmth,” “cheer,” and “urge to participate in rampant media-complicit consumerism.” It’s December 11, and I feel none of these seasonally-induced emotions. I feel cold, sad, and frugal. The most obvious way for me to combat the coldness and sadness, while making …

→Read More