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Books Things To See

Creating Asian dumplings

Dim Sum is has long been a Chinese restaurant favorite, whether for take-out or eat in. In her new book “Dumplings All Day Wong” author Lee Anne Wong provides the basics of creating Asian dumplings as a snack, appetizer or entrée. Wong includes chapters which cover choosing the right dough and folding techniques, as well […]

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Environment

What’s the latest on efforts to ban plastic bags? How many U.S. locales have instituted some kind of ban, and have these initiatives made a dent in the amount of plastic litter?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on efforts to ban plastic bags? How many U.S. locales have instituted some kind of ban, and have these initiatives made a dent in the amount of plastic litter?     — Melinda Clarke, New York, NY California made big news recently when it […]

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Environment

How is it that migrating birds are being negatively affected by oil extraction in Canada’s Boreal forest?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is it that migrating birds are being negatively affected by oil extraction in Canada’s Boreal forest?            — Jennifer Chase, Fort Lauderdale, FL Each year tens of million of migratory birds “overwinter” in the Canadian Boreal forest, a vast tract of mostly […]

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Environment

We must really be swimming in electronic waste, what with all the iPhones and other devices that are so common. How is this all being dealt with?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: We must really be swimming in electronic waste, what with all the iPhones and other devices that are so common. How is this all being dealt with?      — Mary Shufelt, New Bern, NC With electronic equipment and gadgets the fastest growing waste stream in many countries, how to […]

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Outdoor Activities

Sauvie Island Beckons Boaters, Paddlers

Sauvie Island is approximately a 50-mile trip to circumnavigate. It’s a great year-round destination for boaters and kayakers. Here is some basic info to help you visit the island safely by watercraft. Boating Rules and Safety No Wake zones are posted on both sides of the Multnomah Channel north and south of the Sauvie Island Bridge; south of Sauvie […]

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Gardening

Go Natural with Your Yard

Our yards are our outdoor homes: fun, beautiful, great spaces for relaxing. But in taking care of them, we often use water inefficiently, produce a lot of yard waste, and overuse chemicals that are bad for the environment and our families’ health. The good news is, by making some simple changes in how we care […]

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Gardening

A Brief History of the Portland Japanese Garden

There are nearly 60 public Japanese gardens in the United States. Most are connected to city park systems or botanical garden societies. By contrast, our independent, not-for-profit organization is devoted solely to the Portland Japanese Garden and operates year-round through admissions, membership dues, and donations. A Japanese Garden is not only a place for the […]