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Emily Guy Birken

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Emily Guy Birken is a writer, recovering English teacher, and stay-at-home-mom. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, with her mechanical engineer husband and toddler son. Her musings on life and parenting can be found at The SAHMnambulist.
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Why Are Food Prices Rising – Understanding the Effect of Droughts

Like many people, I don't have a strong understanding of the relationship between weather events and our food supplies. And, like most Americans, my food comes in plastic bags and shrink-wrapped Styrofoam trays, completely...
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Understanding the CAFE Fuel Efficiency Standards for New Cars

Environmentalists rejoiced in late August when the Obama administration announced the new fuel economy standards for auto manufacturers. These new standards will increase the average MPG to 54.5 by vehicle model year 2025. According...
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6 Options If You Need to Relocate and Can’t Sell Your House

In June of 2010, my husband and I relocated from Columbus, Ohio, to Lafayette, Indiana, so that he could start a new job. Our house in Columbus was in a well-established and highly attractive...
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How to Create Strong Passwords and Prevent Hacking & Phishing Scams

Years ago, when online shopping first became a popular way to do business, I remember being one of the many cynics who thought it would never catch on. I was certain that most people...
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“Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely – Book Review

Traditional economics assume that human beings are rational and will make the best choice available to them after carefully considering all of their options. Theoretically, stopping to do a cost-benefit analysis with each decision...
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Starbucks’ Create Jobs for USA – Can It Help Small Businesses?

The unemployment rate numbers are still startling, even after so many months of recession. A reported 9.1% of Americans are out of work, and this percentage does not include those who have given up...
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Green Thanksgiving Food Ideas on a Budget – Types of Turkeys

I remember learning about factory-farmed turkeys for the first time several years ago. I was just out of college and living on a very tight budget. It was eye-opening to discover how farms raise...