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I love a good protest. Stand against the ongoing war in the Middle East? Hand me a sign. March against the fossil fuel industry's refusal to acknowledge climate change? Let me rustle up some bail money and join you. These are human-created problems, and only human ingenuity can solve them.  However, do you know what it’s pointless to protest? Growing older. Like it or not, we’re all going to develop wrinkles the strongest Botox won’t touch someday. That’s why women are beginning to reject the term...

It takes a lot of work to keep my crazy plant lady status on point, and by no means are my babies immune to the occasional root rot, brown tips, or yellow leaves. Which is why I’ve come to heavily rely on the free gardening app Planta, whose tagline “never kill a plant again” is total #lifegoals. The free app lets you input your specific plants, organized by room, along with the amount of shade/sunlight each one gets, then sets up a watering calendar that...

  According to an 1886 Harper’s Bazaar article giving “Suggestions for a Halloween Party,” how the holiday “originated, or what connection it had with pagan rites or Druidical ceremonies” was not so important to a young woman as “the hope of finding a ring and penny in her plate of Halloween pudding.” Playing romantic divination games on October 31 was one of the Halloween traditions brought to America from Scotland and Ireland that gained wider acceptance during the “Celtic revival” of the late-19th and early-20th centuries....
Today, introducing one stranger to another at a social or business gathering is simply polite behavior. But in the Victorian era, an introduction was a thing of infinite value. It was a voucher. A guarantee that the person being introduced was both respectable and worthy of knowing. As Mrs. Walter Houghton explains in her 1893 book Rules of Etiquette & Home Culture: “An introduction, therefore, is not, as is usually the case, a mere repetition of two or more individual’s names in each others’ presence, but it...

Generally, a Ouija board comes with a pretty blah planchette (the plastic thing with the hole in it that you place your fingers on to receive messages from the dead as it slides to letters across the board). Well, there’s a craft for that. Whether your vintage board came sans planchette, or you just want something a bit more pleasing to look at, download our template and you can make a new one on the cheap.  Instructions 1. Print out our planchette design. Lay tracing paper on...

Raise money for a good cause with these tips from teen activist and crowdfunding prodigy Taylor Richardson After getting accepted to NASA Space Camp and realizing that her mom (a single parent) couldn’t swing it financially, nine-year-old Taylor Richardson searched “ways to fundraise” and found GoFundMe.com. From there, with the support of her mom Latonja, she built her first campaign and raised enough money to make it to camp. But Taylor, who says she wants to be “an astronaut or a doctor or both” as long...

Outdoor sports like foxhunting, coursing, and shooting were popular pastimes of the 19th century country gentleman.  As such, the care and maintenance of one’s hunting dogs was always a subject ripe for debate and discussion.  What was the best feed to give a foxhound?  How did one treat an outbreak of worms?  And, most importantly, what was the ideal design and construction of a kennel?  Sporting books and articles of the era give varying answers to these questions.  Some of them fall in line with our...
  MOST 12-YEAR-OLDS spend their summers knee-deep in reading for school or playing in sprinklers. But not Mari Copeny, an activist affectionately known as “Little Miss Flint” because of the sash she won in a local pageant and wears to events. For the past three years, Copeny has been spending her free time making public appearances in an effort to remind Americans that her hometown of Flint, Michigan, hasn’t had safe drinking water since 2014. This past summer, Copeny helped secure thousands of donated bottles of...
  Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic A COUPLE OF years ago, Leah Guerrero was in a Mexico City mercado when a vendor asked why she was buying so many clays and powders. When she told him it was for her skincare concoctions he said, “Eres una brujita” (“You’re a witch”), and something clicked. “A whole self-empowerment thing happened,” Guerrero says. “I was like, Yeah, I am. This is me now.” Guerrero had been an esthetician since she was 18, immersing herself in holistic skincare traditions...

Their Bodies, Themselves EVER SINCE I birthed a baby with a penis almost two years ago, there’s one question that has taken up a lot of my parenting brainspace: How do I raise a feminist son? As someone who’s had more #MeToo moments than I care to recollect, the notion of consent is a priority. I want my child to respect the bodily autonomy of others, and to be empowered to assert his own boundaries as well. But as parents, how do we teach consent? And...