Lawns are evil


25 days of dares: Planet pictures, tossing toxins

In the third week of Umbra's month of dares, she dresses up like a bee and stops to smell the planet.


Secondhand style: Wash and wear weekend

Here's something I didn't expect to miss about shopping for new clothes: air conditioning. And cleanliness. Oh, and dressing rooms.

Green Living Tips

Til dinner do us part: Ask Umbra on wedding meal choices

What's the most sustainable choice on the dreaded three-choice wedding dinner card? Ask Umbra digs in to the question.


Secondhand style: Duds for downward dog

It turns out my boring dress was perfect for the heat. And I even found thrifty clothes for yoga class. Now to shop for a weekend of drinking -- I mean, hiking.

Why doesn't the U.S. government allow teleworking when it's hot?

Feds are allowed to stay home when it snows, but not when it's so hot that the pavement is literally melting. Wha?


Secondhand style: Wake me up, I'm wearing a nightgown

I tried to punch up this thrift store dress with braided hair, huge earrings, and bright red lipstick, but it still bores me to sleep. The reaction in my office: crickets chirping.


Viva veggies: Feast at dinner, famine at lunch

Veggie challenge check-in: Dinner's easy -- I'm married to a great cook. Breakfast is also easy. But I can't seem to fill up at lunch.


Why is Michelle Obama’s food initiative promoting Walmart?

At Michelle Obama's event announcing that several retailers will open stores in "food deserts," James Gavin said he'd like to see Walmart double its U.S. store count.