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More than ‘know thyself’: on all the other Delphic maxims

We all know the most famous bit of ancient advice inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: Know thyself. It’s a powerful and daunting recommendation. If you take it seriously, you will begin to push through all of the misconceptions you have, not only about yourself but about human beings generally. You will begin to think deeply about who you really are and who you ought to be. You might start making life-altering decisions, decisions that (if you are right) bring you into harmony with your nature and your circumstances, or (if you are wrong) turn your life into a big mistake. There should be little wonder that this one command is the highest command of all philosophy: follow it like a...

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Medicinal plants don’t have to be exotic specimens that grow in jungle climates, and they aren’t always ancient herbs propagated by our ancient ancestors. In fact, you may already be growing some of the best medicinal plants, as many are not only useful but highly ornamental. Here are our top 5 medicinal plants. 1. Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) – Also known as coneflower, echinacea is a beautiful but rugged perennial that reaches mature heights of 12 to 24 inches (30-60 cm.). Suitable for USDA zones 3-8, echinacea grows in plenty of sunlight and nearly any well-drained soil. Medicinally, it is used to build immunity and relieve symptoms of chest colds and other upper respiratory ailments. Echinaea may also promote healing of minor wounds and skin irritations....

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Sitting down as a FAMILY to break bread in a digital age can be tough but...

When media is used inappropriately or without thought, media can displace many important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family-time, and of course that good old fashioned family dinner. As a child I never really grew up with such routines but I craved it when my friends would invite me over for dinner and I would see how they had to sit down and speak of their day. I feel that in today's age we are already drowning in all the social media apps and sites. I mean there is an app to control how much time you spend on social media! Are we doomed? I feel that it is our responsibility to actually take the time to put love into the food we are...

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Every spice starts a story.

Each spice has a deeper story—a story that takes you beyond the culture, people, an outdoor kitchen , flavors and moments sharing a meal. This means understanding what makes each individual spice special and essential to any dish. We know our spices— now’s your chance to know them too.  

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Plants talk, plants listen.

NEXT TIME WE SMELL THAT SCENT AFTER FRESH CUT GRASS OR PICKING FLOWERS, NOW WE KNOW IT IS A PLANT SCREAMING. When a leafy plant is under attack, it doesn't sit quietly. Back in 1983, two scientists, Jack Schultz and Ian Baldwin, reported that young maple saplings getting bitten by insects release a spurt of chemicals that float through the air. You and I wouldn't notice, but these chemicals carry a slight odor that neighboring plants can detect. It's a little like a silent scream. The chemicals the plants pump through the air are a blend of organic molecules — alcohols, aldehydes, ketones and esters — known as volatile organic compounds, VOCs for short. They pump out attractants — perfumes designed to lure...

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