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How to Build a Raised Bed Garden and Survive the Process

How to Build a Raised-Bed Garden and Survive the Process By: Betsy Bearden Springtime! Time to focus on emerging flowers, blossoming trees, the migration of birds from the South, the world around you blooming in Technicolor … and it’s also time to focus on the ol’ vegetable garden. This is generally an easy thing for most people, but when you are married to a man such as my husband, Steven, not just any garden will do. No—it has to be…

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Don’t Get Sick

Don’t Get Sick By: Betsy Bearden Good health is everything. How many times have you heard someone say, “I can’t afford to get sick”? Today, that statement could not be truer. Higher health care costs and declining coverage, higher co-pays and out of pocket expenses are enough to make anyone want to stay well. But the fact is, trying to stay well, and actually doing it are two very different things, especially as we age. Recent technology, research in pharmaceuticals,…

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I Dreamed of Organic Gardening (A Gardening Fairy Tale)

I Dreamed of Organic Gardening By: Betsy Bearden Hot summer days in Atlanta, Georgia, make it difficult for some of us to plant and maintain an organic garden. However, as a native to Atlanta, it is the first thing I think of when warm weather comes around. Finding the time and energy to keep those pesky insects from attacking our tender veggies without the use of harmful pesticides may seem a daunting task for some. It certainly is for me;…

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A Brand New Year

A Brand New Year                                                                                                By: Betsy Bearden It’s the beginning of a brand new year—a clean slate with an empty agenda. It’s almost as if we have this one chance each year to hit the control + alt + delete buttons and start anew. Well, almost. Speaking for myself, I have learned some valuable lessons from some of the really stupid things I did last year, like buying a brand new pair of running shoes the afternoon before the Peachtree…

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In Search of Tofu

In Search of Tofu By: Betsy Bearden Have you ever had a craving for tofu?  Well—not to worry…most people haven’t. But for now, let’s just say that you might have a craving for it every now and then. Tofu is so readily available in just about any marketplace in the metro Atlanta area, yet it’s still not exactly a hot-commodity in most restaurants. Imagine if you will, my husband, Steven, and I driving down Buford Highway, into the Chamblee/Doraville Asian…

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Bacon, Bacon–Who’s Got the Bacon?

Bacon, Bacon–Who’s got the Bacon?                                                                                     By: Betsy Bearden Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the restaurant …   Imagine this, if you will … you’re at work, in the middle of a heated budget meeting, and someone notices it’s lunch time. Ahhhh, lunch time … music to a growling stomach!  Visions of bean burritos and cheese enchiladas covered in cheese, and topped with grilled veggies, smothered with more cheese immediately popped into my head. Sweet!  But my…

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Tofu

Tofu: Thirty- Years Ago Written by: Betsy Bearden I made the decision to become a vegetarian in my late teens. Although having subconsciously flirted with the idea all my life, the idea finally stuck after a visit to a cattle/pig farm in Alabama. I will spare you the details. Do you have any idea what it was like in the ’70s to be a vegetarian and not live on a commune somewhere? There were no salad bars, no “Have it…

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