Jill Richardson

12/18/2014 - 4:09am

    ‘Tis the season for mindless consumerism.

    I love giving gifts when they’re from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they’re things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation.

    Here’s a story that illustrates what I mean....

08/07/2014 - 3:23pm

    California’s harsh new measure to deal with long-term drought is making waves. Residents caught wasting by washing sidewalks with their garden hose and committing similar reckless acts are incurring fines of up to $500.

    Is that fair? Or will the fine be...

07/18/2014 - 1:02pm

    Fabulous vacations don’t come cheap. Hotels often run at least $100 a night, if not higher. Add in airfare, a rental car, and restaurant meals, and a family vacation becomes a privilege for those with the cash to afford them.

    What’s a more affordable...

07/10/2014 - 1:50am

    To most people, “bonking” implies an R-rated activity. To marathon runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes, it’s something else entirely.

    In sports jargon, someone who “bonks” suffers severe fatigue after running out of their...

07/03/2014 - 4:15pm

    The Guardian recently revealed shocking results from a six-month investigation of the Thai fishing industry: Much of the shrimp sold in American and British supermarkets were produced with slave labor.

    While shrimp sold to U.S. consumers hail from a number of...

06/26/2014 - 4:42pm

    Naturally, the World Cup is drawing attention to Brazil, the host nation and the tournament’s leading contender. But shortly before the soccer tournament began, two studies highlighted by National Geographic also called attention to South America’s biggest country.

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