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The mental and problem-solving abilities of dogs, regardless of breed, are about the same as those of two-year-old human beings, according to research by Dr. Stanley Coren of the University of British Columbia. All dogs will have unique instinctive intelligence: retrievers fetch, hounds hunt, etc.
“We are all together in the process of writing a new chapter in the long history of the art of equilibrium.” Balance is a lesson we all must learn in life. Some of us have a better grasp on it than others. Slacklining is a physical manifestation of trying to attain this virtue. Who knew that harmony could come from tension? Literally. Although the exact origins of slacklining are unknown, it is thought to have grown from tight rope or high wire walking (which has been around for pretty much forever.) However, the fuzzy beginning does take place in Olympia, Washington at the Evergreen College. It starts out with a pair avid of rock climbers who attended the school. First, they began stringing up chains and cables between trees, soon attracting crowds on campus to watch and cheer them on. As they practiced edging across the lines testing their balance, they soon improved upon their method by switching to 1” flat webbing. Slacklining as we know it was born. With its roots in college, the West Coast, and the rock climbing community slacklining has spread across the the U.S. and its borders. Still being a popular pastime on school campuses...
What does it take to mold an idea or a passion into a successful business? Hard work? Perseverance? Organization? All those are undoubtedly necessary qualities, but we believe it takes a little something else as well, and that something else would be, “help”. Help in the form of feedback, capital, publicity, or even inspiration. A new business needs support in order to become successful and in turn help others. Here at Monumental Media we consist of three members, Brendan Babinski, Lex Hollenbeck, and Hunter Wilson. Collectively we have created a humanitarian and environmentally based video marketing company, located in Midland, Michigan. Recently we launched our campaign titled “Reserved Grounds”; the mission is to travel cross-country providing professional commercials for national and state parks. Our motivation is to capture their natural and breathtaking beauty, so our audience will be inspired to attend and support the Parks. Our final goal is to raise attendance and revenue for both State and National Parks. This endeavor will take months to complete and during this time, the Monumental Media team will be experiencing outdoor living at it’s best, tenting from Michigan to Colorado and back. During this trip our team also will make videos for...
Hauling up a fire-break, getting airborne across a creek and bogging down in three feet of gumbo mud are what make off-road bike riding some of the best fun you can legally have.
When Mum and Dad love outdoor activities, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as raising children who are equally enthusiastic about getting out of the city and into the great outdoors. However, it’s not always as easy as planning a camping trip and expecting your kids to love it. Sometimes, their estimation of fun looks quite a bit different than ours does. Even so, there are a few crafty strategies that parents can use to bring up outdoor-loving children. Read on for a few tips.    Limit screen time This may make you the least popular parent in the neighborhood (at least according to your children), but limiting idle time spent in front of television, smart phone, tablet and computer screens is going to make the kids feel bored. That’s a good thing. Boredom breeds creativity and action. It drives us outdoors and prompts us to plan games and activities. It’s so easy to cave on this one, but the results justify your own gentle stubbornness. Whether you allow a certain number of hours of screen time per day or set aside certain hours of the day when screen time of any sort is allowed (probably easier), your kids are likely to...
Not many people will deny that fresh air, clear skies and a warm breeze are enough motivation to be active – whether that means hiking, climbing, mountain biking or just hanging out in your front lawn.  There is some kind of energy in a beautiful day that can make even a moderately severe couch potato get up and do something.  Sunshine just makes everything better. Boom.  Torrential downpour. And the weatherman says this will go on until two days from now.  Trails are turned into creeks, rock faces become slides and your front lawn has giant puddles all over it.  Nobody wants to go outside, so you end up trying to think of inside activities to entertain yourselves and to keep yourself active.  Any suggestions? 1. Clean   Take this time when you’re forced inside to deep clean your house.  You know the tops of the fans that haven’t been touched since the tenants before you?  Turn on your music, tie your hair up and get to work!  Mop the kitchen floor and vacuum the carpets.  Rearrange your cabinets and wash all of the sheets.  You’ll have worked up a sweat in under 30 minutes. 2. Kitchen Table Tennis   Clear the...
What has 6 legs, can hide right under our nose, and drink up to SEVEN times its own weight in blood? Bed bugs.
For some of us those blistering hot days are get fewer and far between, colder mornings and chilly evenings are becoming a commonality, and general summertime fun seems at its furthest away. Although there are plenty of adventures to be had in Fall, the change in weather can sometimes affect your bright and cheery mind set. That commute to work may not be so jolly under a blanket of grey clouds, and the weekend bike rides in light drizzle could put a dampener on your positivity. Although the odd rainy day blues may not seem like a big deal, according to a new paper by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), “positive psychological well-being may reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other adverse cardiovascular events.” In other words, thinking the worst may put you in more than just a mood: it could put you in hospital. Even though we can’t change the weather forecast, we can help keep you more positive – by staying relaxed! According to the HSPH authors, one way to stay positive is to “treat [yourself] by focusing on the little things in life that are meaningful to [you] and make [you] happy.” What...

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