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A Love Letter to San Francisco

In my last month of maternity leave with you, Twyla, I’ve spent the days thinking, pushing you around in your stroller, and the nights writing this letter to you.

In my last month of maternity leave with you, Twyla, I’ve spent the days thinking, pushing you around in your stroller, and the nights writing this letter to you. I want you to know my personal history with San Francisco, with three special spots, in particular, and how they’ve shaped and influenced me. This is a love letter to you, little one, but also a love letter to this city we call home.

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Build a Better Home with These Alternative Construction Methods

One summer during high school I worked a seasonal landscaping job. The crew was made up of unskilled lawnmower jockeys—like myself—and skilled tradesmen who, for one reason or another, found themselves temporarily unable to work in their trade. I once asked a new member of the team what he did for a living. He chuckled derisively and said, “I slap together toothpicks wrapped in plastic.”

One summer during high school I worked a seasonal landscaping job. The crew was made up of unskilled lawnmower jockeys—like myself—and skilled tradesmen who, for one reason or another, found themselves temporarily unable to work in their trade. I once asked a new member of the team what he did for a living. He chuckled derisively and said, “I slap together toothpicks wrapped in plastic.”

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A New App That Predicts Noise Pollution

Noise pollution doesn't get much attention, but it can be bad for your health—and the health of the ecosystem. Maybe this new app will help.

There are several hazards you want to look out for when buying a house—hidden asbestos, leaky pipes, crumbling foundations, maybe even ancient Indian burial grounds, if you believe in that sort of thing. But one hazard is pretty hard to predict, at least without spending a lot of time in a house: too much noise.

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Seventh Generation Snags Burt's Bees CEO to Replace Founder

Seventh Generation was shaken when it fired its founder. Will the new CEO live up to the company's core values?


The environmentally friendly home products company Seventh Generation has a new CEO. John Replogle, 45, is moving to the industry leader after serving as CEO of Burt's Bees.

This leadership decision is more important than most C-suite hirings because of the recent turmoil at the top of Seventh Generation. As we reported in depth, the vacancy at the helm of the company came from the ouster of charismatic founder Jeffery Hollender. Seventh Generation explained Hollender had to go because he clashed with the man he hired to replace him, ex-Pepsico executive Chuck Maniscalco, and "the board needed to establish unambiguous authority and accountability" at the top.

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Infographic: Should You Rent or Buy a Home?

It depends on where you live. In Phoenix? Maybe think about buying.


What's the better deal: Buying a home or renting one? The real estate website Trulia gets to the heart of the matter with an interactive infographic that shows you which parts of the country have better markets for home buyers (Jacksonville, Phoenix) and which metropolitan areas favor renting (Los Angeles, New York).

The premium we Americans have put on home ownership almost certainly contributed to our current financial crisis, and the myth that you need to own a home to be happy is one that ought to be busted. That said, home ownership seems pretty attainable for people with stable jobs in a few parts of the country.

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