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Cherished gifts from my dad: A Father's Day tribute

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Cherished gifts from my dad: A Father's Day tribute

“The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.” –Austin O’Malley Cherished gifts from my dad A Father's Day tribute from Marc Skid's Founder First, let me tell you a little about my father. His Irish heritage and the Marine Corp are probably two of the most cherished things in his life. But don’t ask about them -- you’ll need to cancel all your appointments for the day! He's led an amazing life. By far, his best accomplishment was finding my mother (because that’s how my 3 sisters and I came to be). Dad, from what...

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The journey to understanding Mom's unconditional love

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The journey to understanding Mom's unconditional love

The journey to understanding Mom's unconditional love 51 years of trying to understand a mother's unconditional love. For me, it happened on May 23, 1966, at St. Johns hospital in St. Louis, Mo. It was that day that I was given the greatest gift of my life, being born the son of Joan Margret Barry. And, oh yeah, the son of Philip Barry (but, come on Dad, this is about Mom). For as great of an honor as it was and has been to be the son of Joan, it has also been a somewhat frustrating and mysterious privilege. There's this...

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Why gardening is bad a$$

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Why gardening is bad a$$

Why gardening is bad a$$ It's not just your grandma's hobby.  Gardening gets a bad rap, but when you think about it, it's a really cool concept. You can literally sustain yourself. Live off the land. Create sustenance from what was once nothing. But gardening also has a pretty cool history. During WW1, Europe's farmland and agricultural workforce all became products of the war. Crop fields turned into battlefields and workers were recruited to military service. People got hungry, fast. So the burden of feeding millions landed on the U.S. and it was up to citizens to step up.  People...

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World Malaria Day: What you need to know

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World Malaria Day: What you need to know

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Celebrate Earth Day with almost zero effort

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Celebrate Earth Day with almost zero effort

Celebrate Earth Day with almost zero effort Sustainability doesn't have to be hard. Planning to brush your teeth to start the day? Turn off the faucet while you brush. If you do that every day for the whole month, it'll conserve about 200 gallons of water (That was easy, huh?)  Bum a ride with someone to work. Responsible people call it carpooling, but either way, it saves on the amount of carbon monoxide emitted into the environment. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Double bonus: it's good for your health. Grab lunch from somewhere local. It takes a lot...

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