Are you ready – and prepared? Just in case…

One of the most overlooked and ignored items you will find in an RV is a fire extinguisher. Most of us will never need one in a lifetime of RVing, but if a hot pan in your galley suddenly flared up out of control would you know where your fire extinguisher was? In the panic…

How to handle mountain lion encounters in the wild

Mountain lion attacks on people have increased dramatically since 1986, with most of these attacks occurring in California, Colorado, and Canada. So if wherever you are doesn’t start with a “C” you can breathe easier. Mountain lions, also known as cougars, catamounts, and panthers, have in recent years changed their habits due to reduced hunting…

Women’s rights, emotional subjects in the Victorian nineteenth century, sparked lively discussions at Nook Farm

Women’s rights and racism are hot tops of discussion and controversy today. But women’s rights (along with the abolitionist movement) were controversial and emotional subjects in the Victorian nineteenth century as well and sparked lively discussions at Nook Farm, an exclusive enclave in Hartford, Connecticut, where some of America’s foremost liberal thinkers gathered to confront these…

Protect our forests: Build a safe campfire

Every year we read about disastrous wildfires sweeping across vast swaths of our national forests, and even into heavily populated suburban and urban areas. You may not be able to prevent all these conflagrations, but you can help prevent some such disasters by properly managing your campfire. Building a safe and efficient campfire requires both art and skill, often…

Growing up as a Sinagua

The era of the Arizona pueblo builders was a great time to be a kid. Unlike today’s kids that spend their free time in front of a TV or playing video games while their parents scold them for making too much noise, slamming the screen door, and running in the house, life was different for…