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A Common Bond

Part of the reason I started Shoo for Good (other than wanting to give back and help people enjoy time outdoors) was for the adventure I thought it would offer. My youngest was heading off to college and I'd have free time to travel. I envisioned myself spending time in Africa, getting to know the artisans who make our lovely shawls and seeing how they work. I imagined collaborating, face-to-face, on new ideas and watching our ideas become beautiful, tangible products. I also dreamed of working--in person--with Nothing but Nets, maybe helping distribute bed nets to families in need. I wanted to get to know people who live in communities where a mosquito bite could mean malaria, not just an itchy welt.  I planned on traveling to other places,...

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Scarves + Bed Nets = Enduring Traditions and Good Health

Thank you to Aida, at Nothing But Nets, for the sharing the following post: As a person with roots in Ethiopia and Eritrea, I admittedly have way too many scarves from my homeland. Scarves are an essential accessory in our culture and more than that, it’s hard to resist purchasing them since they’re all so unique. Whether you are living in Ethiopia or a member of the diaspora, as I am, getting your first scarf, or sharba, as we say in the Tigrinya language, is almost like a rite of passage. In Ethiopian fashion, women can be seen wearing scarves as a part of their daily outfits, which makes me feel a bit better that every other woman’s collection is as large...

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When Life Gives you Lemons...Share!

Our Eureka lemon tree is going wild with the most fragrant, juicy lemons. I offered a few to a friend around the corner a while back and she just sent me a text: "Do you like limoncello?" Indeed I do! She brought some over and shared the recipe with me, which I'll share with you: Deb's Limoncello Place the peels from 10 lemons in a quart jar with vodka. Let sit for 1 month. Strain through a coffee filter set into a strainer. Add 2 cups of simple syrup (1 cup water to 1 cup sugar) or more or less to taste. Deb recommends stirring into Pellegrino and serving over ice. Sip in the garden.

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The Vacation that Wasn't

This summer was meant to be spent at a lake house in New Hampshire. My daughter and her friends, all new high school grads, had created a chill playlist; my husband and I planned day trips and menus; and I had a secret weapon to combat the mosquitoes that would surely be buzzing about: Shoo for Good wraps for all! And then...well, then Covid 19 entered the picture. We're staying home. We'll make the most of it. We really can't complain. (Well, my daughter, her friends, and the entire Class of 2020 can.) We're lucky to be in LA with nice, outdoor space. The mosquitoes are lucky to be here, too, though. They discovered Los Angeles several years ago, as our climate became more welcoming to them.  That's...

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Lunch in the Garden

Food tastes better when eaten outside, period. Especially in summer when the sun is warm and the birds are out. On the patio, under a pergola, or out on blanket on a lawn, food just tastes better there. One of my all-time favorite lunches is home-grown tomatoes, sliced or chopped; a ball or two of buffalo mozzarella; a sprinkling of home-grown basil; a drizzle of olive oil; a good pinch of salt and some pepper. It's quick, easy, salty, and sweet. If I have a lazy afternoon ahead, I'll have a glass of rosé, too. One of my favorites is Commanderie de Peyrassol, a nice, light, and affordable wine from Provence. You can order some here. Don't forget your Shoo for...

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