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“Ok, tear apart the room,” I said to the three twelve-year-old boys.  Their eyes lit up having been given permission to do the one thing pre-teen boys are best at: destroying things.  My son wanted to do an escape room for his birthday with his...

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The boys ran around like a cat on a drunken bender.  I’m pretty sure there was some hissing going on.  Our escape room was civil war-themed and is supposed to mimic an old jail cell from the 1860s. On the walls, for now, are various pictures of very dapper men with very dapper mustaches.  A table with a map at its center divides the room in half.  And for my part, I stand safely in a corner while my boys do what they do best. There is something special about seeing youth unrestrained.   The room is supposed to be upturned...

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“Ok, tear apart the room,” I said to the three twelve-year-old boys.  Their eyes lit up having been given permission to do the one thing pre-teen boys are best at: destroying things.  My son wanted to do an escape room for his birthday with his...

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The boys ran around like a cat on a drunken bender.  I’m pretty sure there was some hissing going on.  Our escape room was civil war-themed and is supposed to mimic an old jail cell from the 1860s. On the walls, for now, are various pictures of very dapper men with very dapper mustaches.  A table with a map at its center divides the room in half.  And for my part, I stand safely in a corner while my boys do what they do best. There is something special about seeing youth unrestrained.   The room is supposed to be upturned...

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This November, Californians will vote on an initiative that would require any food containing ingredients derived from genetically modified crops to be labeled as such.

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Backers of the “California Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” are pitching it as a matter of providing information to consumers, who, they argue, “have a right to know what’s in the food we buy and eat and feed our children, just as we have the right to know how many calories are in our food, or whether food comes from other countries like Mexico or China.” I have no concerns about the safety of GMOs. But I support the right of people to make choices about what they eat, and think we should provide them with the information...

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It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time.

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– Isaac Asimov I’m not the sharpest trowel in the tool shed. It was in the middle of my seventh summer in my home in Sidney, British Columbia that I finally noticed something in my garden. Seven gardening seasons is a significant amount of time to get a feel for one’s garden. One would have hoped I would have solved this particular mystery sooner—but no. Here’s the scoop: At the very back of my yard was a shade garden filled with plants that thrive in, well, shade. Although the shade garden was much fuller than it was when I first moved in, you...

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