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Make your home more like home

Make your home more like home

Now that we spend more time than ever in our personal spaces, we begin to know "home" as more than simply a place to lay our head at night, to absentmindedly munch on potato chips, or Netflix and chill.For some of us, the change has been overwhelming. But take heart, the way to make your space as special as you are, is to find those specific objects that add a bit of personality, joy, mystery, or mysticism to your rooms. For those of you interested in creating a beautiful and inviting environment, here are some ideas to make the at-home...

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How I make wood panels

How I make wood panels

The wooden panels I use are constructed of 1.5 x 1 inch lengths of pine, with glued lauan plywood (durable, frequently used for flooring, siding or furniture) as the painting surface. The nailholes filled, and sides are spackled and sanded. The mitered corners are screwed together with one-inch waterproof screws, filled and sanded again. Larger panels have reinforced cradles. Finished panels are coated with a coat of gesso, allowed to dry, and a total of three coats are applied before starting the painting. The above are stacked to dry, just about ready for a new show of 16 paintings.

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Virginia becomes the first Southern state with a goal of carbon-free energy

Virginia becomes the first Southern state with a goal of carbon-free energy

Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on April 8. (Steve Helber/AP) RICHMOND — The coronavirus is scrambling Virginia's budget and economy, but it didn't prevent Gov. Ralph Northam (D) from signing legislation that makes it the first Southern state with a goal of going carbon-free by 2045.Over the weekend, Northam authorized the omnibus Virginia Clean Economy Act, which mandates that the state’s biggest utility, Dominion Energy, switch to renewable energy by 2045. Appalachian Power, which serves far southwest Virginia, must go carbon-free by 2050.Almost all the state’s coal plants will have...

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Fragile Seas

Fragile Seas

Some thoughts from the people working on the problem:Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet, providing 97 percent of the Earth’s livable habitat and a home to more than 700,000 species. The oceans are vital to human health as well, providing jobs, enjoyment and food to billions of people. Half of the oxygen we breathe is generated by our oceans. (greenpeace.org) Our oceans are taking a beating from overfishing, pollution, acidification and warming, putting at risk the many creatures who make their home in seawater. But when most people think of struggling ocean species, the first animals...

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The human brain is hardwired to imagine desires, dreams, and our future, with Art.

The human brain is hardwired to imagine desires, dreams, and our future, with Art.

Art is a uniquely comprehensible method for articulating all that we want and know. It connects human beings in a compelling, thought provoking way, and opens the mind to unspoken possibilities.

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