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Retirement Activities with Plants, Nature and the Environment Part 2

Part 1 Gardening and Plants Part 3 Conservation Activities with Nature If you live in the United States, you live an environment rich with diversity that is protected by local municipalities, states and federal government. There are opportunities to work and volunteer in nature with the park systems. Because so many people want to enjoy […]

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Retiree Health Benefits of Pet Fish Tanks

When people think of pets for seniors, the first thought is of the four-legged variety. For many people, cats and dogs are not realistic options. Pet fish tanks or aquariums offer retiree health benefits without some of the challenges of mammals. Plus, they can be lots of fun. There has been a lot of research […]

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Retirement Activities with Life science

Life Science is the field of study interested in the in the study of living organisms, including plants, animals and human beings. Biology is the cornerstone of the life sciences. Other fields include, but not limited to, are: Anatomy, botany, ecology, physiology and zoology. Biology is the study of living organisms, which includes the structure, […]

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GARDENING: Horticulture as Therapy

For those who love gardening it will come as little surprise to learn that such activity is now being used for therapeutic purposes. Horticulture as therapy has come into vogue. Why did it take so long, one might ask. In any case, people being trained to work with the elderly, and particularly those diagnosed with […]

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Saving Seeds

On a quest for tomato plants that wouldn’t stew in Tucson’s summers, I discovered Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S, www.nativeseeds.org). I fell in love with the idea that I could grow plants the tribes of the southwest had grown for thousands of years. NS/S is a nonprofit seed conservation organization founded in 1983 by Gary Nabhan, Barney […]

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The Three Hundred Dollar Tomato

I had this wonderful plan, create a beautiful garden to go with my newly planted expanse of green lawn. I hadn’t grown a vegetable garden in a few years and after seeing my best friend’s tomato plants produce the most wonderfully tasting homegrown tomatoes, I was inspired to try again. I humbly admit I have […]

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Budapest by night

100 Things to do Before You Die Revisited

Part of the retirement transition is taking stock of your life and planning what you want to do with the time you have left. Almost fifteen years ago, 100 Things to do Before You Die was published. In this book, authors Dave Freeman and Neil Teplica highlight events that should be on everyone’s bucket list. […]

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Writing down the Garden

Recently, I’ve taken to writing about gardens, and when I picked up Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden to re-read, I realized that many of the books I cherish have a gardening background. I’ve read The Secret Garden at least once a year for decades. During the times I feel like Mary Lennox—selfish and sour […]

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Come Into the Garden, Maud

When traveling, one of my favorite activities is to visit gardens. Visiting local gardens is a wonderful way to add depth and understanding to your travel experience, and there are a number of ways to find them wherever you plan to go. • Wikipedia has a list of botanic gardens in the U.S. and internationally. […]

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And I Will Make Thee Beds of Roses

Roses are among my favorite flowers. I also love lilac, freesia, orchids, and iris, but only the rose has its own word for its fanatics, a rosarian. One day, I would like to travel to rose gardens around the world, so thought I’d start a list. (Find other lists at http://www.heritagerosefoundation.org and http://www.lillysrosegarden.com/roses-around-the-world.html and http://www.worldrose.org/awards/gardens/gardens.asp). […]

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