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Sunset

The glorious sun, behind the western hills, Slowly, in gorgeous majesty, retires, Flooding the founts and forests, fields and rills, With the reflection of his golden fires. How beauteous all, how calm, how still!

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Kumquats and Cocktails

The kumquats have been spectacular this year! Not only are they cheerful, little orange balls set in leafy green trees, they’re tasty—and the world’s best, natural breath-fresheners. Our two potted trees produce so much that we get to share with friends. The best recipe I know for cooking with them is the Chicken with Kumquat recipe in Amelia Saltsman’s classic, The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook. Order yours on Amazon (there are so many other amazing recipes in it, too). While you wait for her book to arrive in the mail, make a kumquat purée to brighten your quarantinis during this lockdown! I made a ton and shared with friends. The bonus of making the purée is the prize that’s offered when you strain it:...

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Fighting Malaria in a Pandemic

As the world continues to fight back against COVID-19, we can not take our foot off the gas pedal in finding an end to malaria for good. Such incredible progress in this fight is due to U.S. leadership through programs like the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund. Together, these programs go far beyond protecting the world’s most vulnerable from malaria, and with continued U.S. leadership, millions of lives can be saved from COVID-19 and malaria for years to come.

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Tips for a Mosquito-Free Garden

Your Shoo for Good wrap will keep you protected from mosquitoes but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to make our outdoor spaces inhospitable to pests. They can bite your dog, after all, and transmit canine heartworm. Or they could attack friends who visit (and forget to bring their wraps). Here are some tips: Get rid of standing water This is Rule Number One. Mosquitoes only need a thimbleful of standing water to thrive. Water can be in the usual places—saucers under flowerpots, bird baths, forgotten watering cans—but it can also collect on upturned leaves, in clogged pipes or rain gutters, in spots of the lawn with poor drainage, and in certain light fixtures or decorative accents. Get rid of it, and they can't breed....

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Getting Away when we Can't Travel

We may dream of hopping on a plane to Rome, swimming in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean, or boarding a ship and cruising to Alaska, but chances are we’ll be sticking closer to home this summer. That doesn’t mean we can’t escape. Find a comfortable, shady spot in your backyard garden; under a tree or on a bench in a quiet park; or under an umbrella on a secluded stretch of beach. Drape your Shoo for Good wrap over your shoulders, grab a great book, and head outside.

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