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Travels with the Blonde Coyote

In an effort to raise awareness about water conservation among visitors to the Land of Enchantment, the Santa Fe Watershed Association and HospitalityGreen have asked me to pen a series of essays about my experiences living off rainwater in the New Mexican desert. Here is my first of four essays, the Weight of Water:

Water weighs 8 pounds per gallon. If that doesn’t sound heavy, you’ve never been hiking in the desert with a day’s worth of drink on your back. I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains, but I didn’t learn the weight of water until I moved to New Mexico, where water is rare and precious and worth its considerable weight in blue gold.

In New Mexico, I lived off the map, caretaking a place in the wide open deserts just south of Santa Fe. This place was more than a house. It was an Earthship: an…

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Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

Online Dating

by Lisa Barnard

I’m turning 30 in a few months, and I recently realized I’m now at the age I made a lot of promises about in the past. One of those promises was that if I was still single at 30, I’d try online dating. I’ve had an onslaught of terrible dating experiences in the last year (including someone who turned out to be a drug dealer, someone who was mad I didn’t want to come hang out at his bedbug-infested apartment, and a commitment-phobe friend who constantly appears to be doing an uncanny Jekyll and Hyde impression).

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by Eric Ritskes

I write this piece for those of us who are academics. We trumpet our forward thinking research, yet so often fail to be forward thinking on how we engage with our communities, how we spread our thoughts, and what it means to live out and generate a decolonizing praxis.

How do you envision your role as an academic, particularly in regards to the communities you live in, engage with, and research in/with? Often, academics are described as living in an “ivory tower”, as being cloistered and out of touch with what happens in the daily lives of people who don’t have their scholarly privilege. And, to a large degree, the critics are right. For many of us who work, write, seek, and live out a decolonizing praxis, we often challenge these ivory tower ideals – we desire connection, the back and forth exchange of theory with reality…

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British Asian Woman

*Trigger warning* This post contains potentially disturbing material of rape

Picture the scene. A woman in a bar. Dressed up for a night out, drinking and having fun. A group of men at the other side spot her. She leaves her drink on the table with her friend and goes to the toilet. She comes back and finishes the drink. Gradually she becomes more and more giddy, as if going under an anaesthetic.

She wakes up in hospital with sharp stabbing pains in her groin and pelvic area. Her legs and arms are covered in bruises. Her left eye is so badly swollen she can barely see out of it. She has no recollection of the night before, what happened to her or how she ended up in hospital.

It transpires that her drink had been spiked. She was taken outside and gang raped by the group of men that…

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Gwirrel's Garden

OK, Flowers not so much.

And since everyone else in the UK is also posting snow photos; here are some more. Not that I want to be a sheep, unfortunately it’s pretty much the only thing to see right now.

It is pretty, but I find it very hard not to worry about the ice that’s likely to come.

Must relax. Must relax.

I left work a little early today once the snow looked like it meant it. The roads around the office were well covered too and so I made a break for it rather than sit worrying about trying to get up our hill. As it was, I could feel the car skidding and struggling, so I’m glad I decided to leave when I did as it would seem we’re getting more snow here than promised (we were supposed to get off lightly with around 5cms but we’re…

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The Blog

Earlier this month, during Responsive Theme week, Cheri highlighted BeatRoute, a Canadian alt-monthly focusing on local music. We (and you) were impressed by how BeatRoute made the free Oxygen theme their own, so we thought we’d dig a little deeper into the ways they’re taking advantage of Oxygen’s many features to create a bold, easy-to-navigate online magazine.

Let’s take a look at the standard Oxygen layout and BeatRoute’s home page side by side:

Oxygen and Beatroute layouts
You can see that Beatroute is using many of Oxygen’s standard features, like the home page slider and custom menus, but with tweaks to make it their own.

Featured Posts Slider

Out-of-the-box, Oxygen displays posts in standard blog style on the front page but gives you the option of using a slider to highlight posts magazine-style; you can designate up to six posts as “sticky” to feature them in the slider. As BeatRoute shows…

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Saving Money for Medicines

Pharmacy CouponsMedicines are a very important item in the promotion of health and cure of diseases. Over the years scientists and doctors alike have dedicated their knowledge, blood, sweat and tears in the discovery of newer medications and the improvement on the existing drugs. But along with progress there is also a continuing rise in the manufacturing costs of medicines. And an increase in the production costs would lead only to the medicine being more this would only become a problem not only for the consumers but it will also affect the pharmaceutical companies as well. That is why they came up with pharmacy coupons as a marketing scheme to help the promotion of sales of medicines. For pharmaceutical companies these are called pharmacy coupons.

Pharmacy coupons are a type of ticket or document that is used to exchange or to avail a discount, a rebate, or a free item. It is a marketing strategy that has been used for many years to encourage consumers to buy a certain product. Pharmacy coupons allow you to purchase medicines at a discounted price or get items or medicines free upon your purchase. In previous years the only way to get drug coupons is to cut them out from newspapers or magazines, but today there are other ways to acquire pharmacy coupons. With the power of the internet there are websites where you can obtain pharmacy coupons whenever you need them at the comfort of your own home. They have pharmacy coupons for many medicines including the popular brands. They also have pharmacy coupons for medicines for several diseases.