The Blog Cabin

Our Bodies and Daylight Savings

Christine Mitchell Adams March 06, 2015

It's that time of year again - turning back the clocks and getting a much needed extra hour of sunshine. Some years we barely notice the change, and others it's a brutal adjustment. This year we decided to do some research into how our bodies are actually affected by daylight savings, and ways to make the transition easier. Here's a quick summary of what we learned . . .

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Tapping with Bobo's Mountain Sugar

Christine Mitchell Adams March 04, 2015

Vermont has a reputation for producing some of the best maple syrup in North America - and for good reason! We chatted with Tina Hartell of Bobo’s Mountain Sugar to learn more about what it takes to make the sweet sticky stuff that we all love. She shares what led her and husband Skye Chalmers into the world of maple sugaring, the process of tapping their trees (all 2400 of them), and who the mysterious Bobo is (is he a real person? The moose on the label?). We’ll be following up with Tina and Skye again next month as they boil the sap in their sugar shack.

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Monthly Roundup: February

Zoë Furlong March 02, 2015

Documentary: 

The Human Experiment (2013) directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy
This sobering documentary explores the vast quantities of chemicals found in our everyday household products, and how they are impacting our health. Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy connect with people who strongly believe that their lives, and health, have been negatively affected by these chemicals.  

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Sky Gazing in 2015

Christine Mitchell Adams February 25, 2015

Image by Steven Smith of The Silent Pursuit

One of the (many) reasons we love living and working in Vermont is the incredibly clear night sky. We wouldn't call ourselves astronomers, but we’re definitely sky watching enthusiasts. So this year we got out our calendars and marked the dates for the best sky watching events of 2015. Here's what we’ll be staying up late for this year. Maybe we’ll see you out there - we'll bring the blankets if you bring the s'mores!

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Astis Leather Gloves

Christine Mitchell Adams February 23, 2015

Our buddy James Fox of 10engines turned us on to Astis and their leather gloves this winter (keep an eye on his spot if you like hearing about cool unique brands). Each pair of Astis gloves and mittens are handcrafted in the USA with natural materials. 

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Talking About Icky Stuff with Illustration

Christine Mitchell Adams February 20, 2015

We often struggle with the obstacle of how to talk about scary stuff like toxins here at Ursa Major. How do you approach the topic without scaring people away? How do you educate without coming across as judgmental or condescending? We found a few examples recently of how illustration can be utilized as a tool for tackling some pretty icky topics. When digesting information, do you prefer a graphic or a written article? Maybe a combination of the two? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Favorite XC Trails in VT

Christine Mitchell Adams February 18, 2015

We asked our own Nordic pro, Ollie B., to share his favorite XC trail systems in Vermont. He also reveals his favorite trails at each one - and he doesn’t do that for just anyone. Here at Ursa Major we like to work hard and play hard, so we’ve included where to head post ski for a rejuvenating brew and bite. Now, get out there and have fun!

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