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40 shocking facts about water
40 shocking facts about water

Water: we once thought it was an endless natural resource. Now we know better.Photo: mattman231. Over 1.5 billion people do not have access to clean, safe water.Photo: ePi.Longo2. Almost 4 million people die each year from water related diseases.12. The average toilet uses 8 litres of clean water in a single flush.

Latin America changes war on drugs strategy: Legalize!
Latin America changes war on drugs strategy: Legalize!

Photo: r0bzThe news might have escaped the notice of the media outside Latin America, but last week’s announcement that three of the region’s past presidents got together to call for marijuana decriminalization was worthy of front page analysis in Mexico.Ernesto Zedillo, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and Cesar Gaviria, former presidents of Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, respectively, founded and currently serve as co-presidents of the Latin American Commission of Drugs and Democracy.

Notes on Personal Space: A Canadian Expat in Turkey
Notes on Personal Space: A Canadian Expat in Turkey

Sometimes we don’t realize how much we value our notion of personal space until we live abroad.Before travel, I never realized how little I like to be touched. Sure, hugs are fine. I don’t even mind a cramped car ride or overstuffed elevator. I thought that in terms of physical contact, my comfort zone was average.

Notes on a Burmese Monk
Notes on a Burmese Monk

Robert Hirschfield finds a juxtaposition between Burma and India, past and present, East and West, while talking to a monk at the Bodhi Tree.THEY SIT like saffron pigeons on the stone ledge across from the Bodhi Tree.If I clap my hands, will they scatter? Or like the good Theravadan monks that they are, will they log the bare fact of hearing in minds polished with the spirituality of perception?

How to green your 4th of July party
How to green your 4th of July party

Feature photo: gliuoo; Photo: chadmagieraJust because you waited until the last minute to plan your 4th of July party doesn’t mean it can’t be green.Holidays always sneak up on me. Tomorrow, I’ll be scrambling around at the last minute to throw together an impromptu party for friends who don’t have their own July 4th plans, but I’ll still be able to go green.

13 Ways To Avoid Jet Lag
13 Ways To Avoid Jet Lag

I travel often, and in many of those trips, I have crossed three or more time zones and suffered from jet lag.When I finally manage to fall asleep, it’s actually morning and time to get up again. If you also travel frequently, I imagine you know the feeling too.Jet lag is actually a physiological condition known scientifically as desynchronosis and dysrhythmia that causes disruption to your body’s clock.

5 Handheld GPS Receivers
5 Handheld GPS Receivers

Navigating has never been easier with these handheld GPS devices.These days, GPS receivers are common navigational add-ons in vehicles. But if you’re looking to utilize this cutting-edge satellite positioning technology out of the car—while geocaching, for instance—you’ll need a more compact, handheld unit.

Reality Check: South Africa
Reality Check: South Africa

I can still remember the first time a college professor opened my eyes to the way ‘Africa’ (and, of course, it’s usually treated as a homogeneous unit) is painted in most major media.Since then, I’ve noticed every time words like ‘senseless’, ‘chaotic’ or ‘savage’ crop up in articles about violence on the continent, where similar violence elsewhere – in the Balkans, say, or Kashmir – might receive more nuance and context.

How to beat the back-home relationship blahs
How to beat the back-home relationship blahs

Returning home after an awesome trip is tough; when you’re a couple, it can be even harder.Don’t let your relationship fall into a post-travel rut.After weeks or months of all day face-time in exotic destinations-along with the intimacy (good and bad) that it creates-going back to the drudgery of cubicle life can put a serious damper on even the strongest relationships.

Boost Your Happiness & Creativity By Acting Like A Child
Boost Your Happiness & Creativity By Acting Like A Child

Photos by Leigh ShulmanWe always say how it’s important to appreciate the small things in life, but do we really believe it?Mornings have been difficult in our house lately. My five-year-old Lila takes her proverbial sweet time getting dressed. Every little thing, shirt, shoes, socks, everything becomes a massive time consuming endeavor.

City guide to Hobart, Tasmania
City guide to Hobart, Tasmania

WHAT/WHEREMark Shea, aka The Overlander, shares some of his favorite things to do in the Tasmanian capitol of Hobart.NETWORK CONNECTIONGet a look inside filmmaker Mark Shea’s back pack to learn what gear he brings on trips at Matador Goods.Knowing a few simple tricks for shooting great video can make a huge difference!

Green recipes: How to make your own cheese
Green recipes: How to make your own cheese

In the first installment in our Green Recipes series, Sara Clarke shows you how to make your own cheese.You really only need three things to make a simple fresh cheese: milk, heat, and acid. There are some rules to follow, and some kitchen supplies that will make things easier, but in the end it comes down to those three things.