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Handy Device Lets You 'Go' Whenever or Wherever

When you gotta go, you gotta go. Credit: GoGirl
Let's face it ... the world is not a pee-friendly place if you're female. Enter the GoGirl female urination device, a clever little thing made from flexible, medical grade silicone that can be...
Let's face it ... the world is not a pee-friendly place if you're female.

Take a hike

Fall isn't just here, it's settled in and made itself comfortable. In my part of the country, the long winter ahead is looming, which means getting outside as much as possible right now, before that long cold snap sets in is more important than...

How to recognize poison ivy (and what to do if you missed it)

Kids love a good walk through the woods to get away from the hot summer sun. If you go off-trail, though, be sure to keep a look out for poison ivy. Some studies suggest that global warming is contributing to the growth of poison ivy and its ability...

Woman strangles rabid raccoon, saves kids

Again with the rabid animals attacking kids. And again, an unlikely hero saves the day. This time it was a raccoon attacking a 5-year-old boy as he walked in the woods of Chesire, Connecticut with a group of children. When the animal bit the boy, a...

Teen rescued from cliff, flip-flop still in danger

You would think that 18-year-old Kimberly Kiesz has some really nice flip-flops. Nice enough to risk her life for. That's exactly what she did when one of her shoes fell off as she walked with a friend along some cliffs in Paseo del Mar in Palos...

Google your next hike

Hiking is great exercise, loads of fun, a great way to get in touch with nature, and even full of educational potential. I'll never forget, at a training weekend for Sierra Club backpacking trip leaders, one of the instructors pointed out that even...

Trusting other parents with the safety of our children

When we let our children go play at another person's house or go for a day trip with another family, we are releasing the most precious part of lives. Sometimes it is a relief to have a bit of peace and quiet without our children, but what if...

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