03 May '11, 1pm

Discarded Detroit couches get pin-up treatment

Discarded Detroit couches get pin-up treatment

Street couches in New York City and other places have been literally vilified — considered eyesores or thought responsible for spreading bedbugs — and you will rarely see such a dangerous offender left alone on the street for long. Here in Detroit, I like to see that these abandoned couches have a life beyond being discarded. During warm weather, people congregate on and around them in empty lots full of wildflowers and leftover domestic ruins, using them at their most fundamental — as a place to sit. The value judgment passed by those who leave these couches — on both the object and on Detroit itself — is clear: here is something worthless. But to those who remain loyal and engaged with this city, there is a different perspective. Having shrunk so dramatically with the flight of those chasing the false prosperity of the auto industry, this remaining Detroit population is ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/discarded-detr...

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Plants poisonous to dogs

Plants poisonous to dogs

mnn.com 02 May '11, 11pm

– The toxicity of grapes to dogs was once thought to be an urban legend, but it's true; even a small serving can cause vom...

What Your Dog’s Tail is Telling You

What Your Dog’s Tail is Telling You

care2.com 02 May '11, 11pm

Probably the most obvious, and most misunderstood, form of tail language is the wag. Even people who have spent their enti...