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Skiing the Big Slopes

Margaret J. Krauss thought she knew about big mountains—that is, until she went skiing out west for the first time.

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Take a Cue from Your Dog—Winter Doesn't Have to be a Drag

For those of us with dogs—and dog walking duties—winter can be tough. But if we follow our pets' lead, dog walking can be a daily chance to dive in and experience nature.

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The Place Where You Live: East Claridon, Ohio

For Anne Kelsey, learning to be silent in nature became a form of prayer and a way to take in the fullness and beauty of creation.

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An Empty Nest Leads a Mother to the Woods

As her third child started college, Debra-Lynn Hook spent two and a half weeks in a rustic cabin amidst 200 acres of Michigan forest—to experience the grandeur and subtlety of the woods. 

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Lessons Learned from Raising a 43-Pound Monster Turkey

Hobby farmer Ken Chiacchia raises turkeys that are twice as big as a jumbo supermarket bird. But he says his bragging rights come from how they're raised—not how big they get.

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Scott Carrier's Stories from the Green River

This week on the Allegheny Front, we listen in on award-winning author and producer Scott Carrier's classic documentary about his canoe trip on the Green River.

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Does Our Flock Have the Flu?

Bird flu has hit the Midwest hard. So when Hobby farmer Ken Chiacchia noticed something weird was happening to his turkeys, his farm went into crisis mode.

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Even on the Trail, the Music Never Stops

WYEP's production director left the headphones behind on a recent bike trip from Pittsburgh to D.C. But even then, he couldn't get the music out of his head.

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Commentary: What Our Primal Fear Might Sound Like

Could it be that we want to believe there is something terrifying in the deep woods because the thought that there might not be is too terrifying to imagine?

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Even Meat Has a Season

To everything, there is a season. Farmers know that goes for every kind of food, not just local fruits and vegetables. 

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