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The Maven: Rethinking Your Turf

In the 1700s European aristocrats invented a new landscaping feature: the lawn. Intended as a status symbol, lawns leapt across the ocean to estates in America, then spread throughout the country with the rise of the suburbs. Today lawns are a staple of our suburban…... » Read more

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The Maven: Sharing Your Wishes

These days, with apologies to Tina Turner, I’ve been asking myself, “What’s death got to do with it?” You can’t pick up a newspaper or magazine without encountering advice about preparing for death or documenting your end-of-life wishes. Are we starting at the wrong end…... » Read more

Who’s In Your Wallet?

We All Need a Health Care Companion In 1975 my husband, Mike, and I went backpacking in the Truchas Mountains in northern New Mexico. I was newly pregnant with our daughter and had just taught my first bioethics course at a local university. When we…... » Read more

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The Maven: Minimizing Wasted Food

How much food do you waste? A day? A week? A month? We all waste food. An estimated 25 percent of the food Americans purchase goes uneaten. That means food—and money—being thrown away, and landfills filling up with unnecessary waste. But minimizing wasted food, money,…... » Read more