Outdoors gear perfect for SoCal winter

Winter in Southern California is a time when hikers can take advantage of cooler temperatures, which means longer hikes without risking heat stroke. But days are shorter and darker at this time of year, which means you need to carry more gear to be prepared. Here are some items designed to make the going easier.…

By JohnValbyNation January 4, 2020 0

Southern California: New ways to connect with nature in the new year

You’re just not getting out enough. Really. Author and environmentalist Richard Louv has been warning the world about nature-deficit disorder, loosely described as a state in which humans lose their connection with the outdoors. “An expanding body of scientific evidence suggests that nature-deficit disorder contributes to a diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, conditions…

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Shopping with Schuyler Samperton for textiles to use in unexpected ways

When Los Angeles interior designer Schuyler Samperton was growing up in Maryland, her mother used a men’s black-and-white houndstooth-check suit fabric to recover their sofa, placed against a wallpaper featuring blueprints of Italian villas. Antique Indian tree of life panels were tablecloths. “Our house didn’t look like any of my friends’,” she says. Samperton now…

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U.K. judge rules ethical veganism is a philosophical belief, covered by anti-discrimination law

LONDON —  British workers who practice “ethical veganism” to protect animals secured a big win in an employment tribunal when a judge ruled Friday that they are entitled to legal protection from job discrimination. The judge said that because ethical veganism is a philosophical belief, its adherents are covered by the U.K.’s anti-discrimination law, the 2010…

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Thousands in Baghdad mourn Iranian general killed by U.S.

BAGHDAD —  Thousands of mourners gathered Saturday for a funeral procession through Baghdad for Iran’s top general and Iraqi militant leaders killed in a U.S. airstrike that has caused regional tensions to soar. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed in an airstrike early…

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