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Green Living

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"Energy Alternatives"
eco@home, Spring 2009
Renewable energy options are clean power sources that can dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Using alternative energy can save you money and supports a sustainable use of power.

"Green Myths Debunked"
eco@home, Spring 2009
When it comes to going green, separating fact from fiction can be tricky. Read on to learn the truth about three eco myths related to recycling, green cleaning, and old appliances.

"Gimme a Break"
eco@home, Winter 2009
The October 2008 financial bailout bill did more than just help the financial industry—it included these new incentives for improving the energy efficiency of your home.
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"It's In the Air"
eco@home, Winter 2009
We worry about outdoor air quality, but the nastiest pollutants are right under our noses—and in our homes. Fortunately, improving your home's air quality is easy.
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"Save Money, Go Green"
eco@home, Winter 2009
Right now is actually the best time to start thinking green. With a tight economy, conserving energy, water, and more helps you save cash—even if it requires an investment up front.
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"You're Never Too Old to Go Green"
Transitions, Vol. 3 No. 3
Ready to go green? With these simple moves, you can protect the environment for future generations without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
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"Operation Eco-Friendly"
eco@home, Fall 2008
Kids love to learn about the world around them. And once they see how excited you are about reducing use of energy, water, and waste at home, they'll want to help. Get them started with these playful ideas.
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"Get Audited"
eco@home, Fall 2008
When it comes to home energy efficiency, getting audited can lead to good things. The first step: learn about what a home energy audit can do for you and what your audit options are.
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"3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter"
eco@home, Fall 2008
News flash: Cold weather is right around the corner. Here's how to seal, insulate, and maintain your heating systems to minimize heating costs when temperatures plummet.
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"Ready for a Rain Barrel"
"Fire Up the Grill"
"Try This Today"

eco@home, July/August 2008
Learn how to make a rain barrel, consider the benefits of a natural gas grill, and learn how to fix a leaky faucet.
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"Beat the Heat"
eco@home, July/August 2008
It's hot, hot, hot. Get outside and take advantage of sunny summer days—and give your air conditioner a break—with these ideas for keeping cool and reducing summer energy use.
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"Got Compost?"
eco@home, May/June 2008
Reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill—and create a rich, earthy fertilizer in your own yard—with composting.
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"Remodeling Goes Green"
eco@home, May/June 2008
Learn about the benefits of green remodeling—and how to get started—from expert David Johnston.
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"A Greener Spring Cleaning"
eco@home, March/April 2008
Not all cleaning supplies are as eco-friendly as they sound. Make sure you're getting a truly green spring clean with these pointers from green living expert Linda Mason Hunter.
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"5 Days (and $100) to Energy Efficiency"
"Eat Better, Eat Local"

eco@home, March/April 2008
Two stories for the price of one! In the first, learn about the benefits of eating locally grown produce. In the second, find out what happens when I budget $100 to slash my energy and water consumption—in five days.
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Business

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"Growth Masters"
Landscape Management, June 2009
Find out how four of the biggest companies in the industry achieved considerable growth in 2009.

"Past Due"
Lawn & Landscape, May 2009
Payments coming in late? Make customers an offer they can't refuse to improve cash flow.
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"White Noise"
Lawn & Landscape, April 2009
Leaf blower use is still a hot-button issue in areas across the U.S. But with improved machine performance and responsible operation, noise complaints may be put to rest.
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"To The Extreme"
Lawn & Landscape, April 2009
A Washington D.C.-area nursery and landscape company races against the clock to create a primetime, TV-ready yard for a family in need.
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"Green Power"
YourBusiness, Winter 2008
From pizza parlors to pet food stores, small businesses across the country are switching to energy efficiency—and you can, too.
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"Growth 101"
YourBusiness, Winter 2008
It's time to head back to school for 200 small-business owners who hope to expand their enterprises.
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"Ready, Set, Succeed!"
YourBusiness, Winter 2008
Here's how a business coach can guide you to success.
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"Diversity Dissected"
Hy!, November 2008
Hy-Vee's diversity initiative brings together an array of races and cultures. Here's how it works for employees and shoppers.
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"Northern Niche"
Lawn & Landscape, January 2009
Thanks to its emphasis on environmental and customer care, Turf Care Enterprises has become a Chicago-area mainstay.
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"Bright Days for Bryant"
Lawn & Landscape, October 2008
The phone number emblazoned on the vehicles and employee uniforms of U.S. Lawns of Memphis doesn't direct customers to a switchboard or an answering service. It's owner Bryant Jernigan's cell phone number—and it's just one of the ways the franchise owner sets his business apart.
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"The Road Less Traveled"
Lawn & Landscape, October 2008
For 20 years, Brad and Dina Baker have set their residential landscaping business, Baker Creative, apart with their focus on customer service, marketing and innovative landscape design.
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"Meet the Customer"
Hy!, August 2008
When it comes to making customers happy, knowing who they are and what they need makes all the difference.
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"Creative Workspace Design"
YourBusiness, Summer 2008
The right design goes a long way toward making your work environment comfortable, productive, and inspiring for employees.
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"Up Front"
YourBusiness, Summer 2008
Topics covered include capitalizing on the green market, offline spending for online success, and diversifying in a downturn.
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"Business Blogs That Get Results"
YourBusiness, Spring 2008
Blog your way to more business with pointers from Debbie Weil, coporate bloggin consultant, and John Nardini, executive vice president of Denali Flavors, whose company's blogs are boosting sales.
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"Bridging the Age Gap"
Hy!, May 2008
With multiple generations in the workplace, learning how to overcome differences and work together is vital to maximizing everyone's success.
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"Good for the Environment, Good for You"
Hy!, February 2008
Hy-Vee's sustainability efforts promise to benefit employees, customers, communities—and the company's bottom line.
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Lifestyle
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"Discussing Finances with Your Aging Parents"
Principal Plan Ahead, Get Ahead , Winter 2012
Discussing finances with your aging parents may not be easy, but
it's something you can't afford to put off.
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"Photography Pointers from the Pros"
Hy!, November 2008
If you're ready to move beyond quick snapshots and take your photos to the next level, study these pointers from photographers in the know.
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"5 Holiday Stress Busters"
GoodNeighbor, Winter 2008
What stresses you out most about the holidays? Chances are, not having enough time or money ranks near the top of your list. These five ideas will have you saving both this holiday season.
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"Easy Ways to Improve Gas Mileage"
Hy!, August 2008
You don't have to buy a hybrid vehicle to benefit from improved fuel economy. Instead, just follow these quick and easy steps.
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Travel
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"Hit the Trails"
Hy!, May 2008
With fantastic bike trails scattered throughout the Midwest—including the ones featured here—there's bound to be a great ride near you. So what are you waiting for?
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"Cabin Fever"
Hy!, February 2008
If winter has you feeling restless, escape to one of these Midwest cities for a day trip or quick weekend to help you survive 'til spring.
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"Should You Get Trip Insurance?"
Transitions, Vol. 3 No. 3
Travel insurance can protect you from the pricey results of unexpected mishaps.
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"Travel Your Way"
Transitions, Vol. 3 No. 2
Whether you love sports, history, or something else altogether, there's a vacation made for you.
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"Hit the Road"
Transitions, Vol. 2 No. 4
Few things say summer quite like a road trip. When not just any route will do, gear up for one of these great drives across the United States.
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"Fall Fever"
Transitions, Vol. 2 No. 2
This season, head to a prime leaf-viewing area near you to see gorgeous foliage—and have some fun.
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"Destination: Family Fun"
Transitions, Vol. 2 No. 1
Pack your bags! It's time to start planning for a destination reunion that will bring the whole family together.
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"Neighborhood Watch: East Village, Des Moines"
National Geographic Traveler, May/June 2006
Any mention of Iowa often evokes images of cornfields, pigs, or presidential hopefuls—at least until you reach this neighborhood tucked between the Des Moines River and the state capitol.
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"Amusement Park Survival Guide"
Better Homes & Gardens, July 2005
Get the most fun out of your park visit. Use these tips to plot your day and avoid the pitfalls of long lines and water-soaked mementos.
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"Spooky Family Travel"
Better Homes & Gardens, October 2004
If you're looking for a frightfully good time, here's a sampling of spine-tingling Halloween events for the whole family.
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"Exploring Your Local University"
Better Homes & Gardens, September 2004
Tour beautiful gardens, visit a museum to see a show, go to a game. Find all this and much more at a campus near you.
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"Urban Hikes"
Better Homes & Gardens, June 2004
Whether for an hour or a whole day, hiking an urban trail is a great way to spend quality time with your family and stay fit.
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"Take Refuge"
Better Homes & Gardens, May 2004
Grab your binoculars and head to the nearest wildlife refuge with your family. You'll soon be in touch with the reawakening of the natural world.
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Health
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"Powerhouse Picks"
Hy!, May 2008
There may not be a secret produce pick dietitians swear by, but there are a few powerhouse fruits and vegetables they recommend adding to your shopping cart today.
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Parenting
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"The Green Patrol"
Publix FamilyStyle, Spring 2009
Support your kids' interest in saving the earth and save your family some money too. It all starts with fun, educational activities around the house.
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"The Big Save"
Publix FamilyStyle, Winter 2008
Your goal: Work as a team to stretch your family's budget. These small changes can add up to surprisingly big food savings.
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"What Teachers Wish Parents Knew"
Publix FamilyStyle, Fall 2008
Educators spend all day teaching your kids. Turns out they have a few lessons for you too.
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Home & Garden
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"Growing Up"
Additions, Spring/Summer 2009
A rooftop deck with square footage to spare rescues this space-challenged location for an upper-level master bath and adjacent dressing area.
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"August"
Better Homes & Gardens, August 2004
Delight in memories of the beach long after your vacation ends with ocean-inspired decor.
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"Get Organized"
Better Homes & Gardens, August 2004
Organize your photos now and you'll have more time for making photo-worthy memories.
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"Bright Spots"
Better Homes & Gardens, March 2004
If the thought of splashing bold paint on beige walls makes you break out in a cold sweat, you're not alone. Fortunately, these pointers from interior decorator and HGTV star Debbie Travis can help.
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Contact me
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I have written for more than 24 building and remodeling magazines, bookazines, and books.

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