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10 Alternative Labor Day Destinations

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Roadtrippers.com reveals the most popular non-traditional road trips

With millions of Americans expected to hit the road for Labor Day weekend, Roadtrippers.com reveals its list of 10 alternative Labor Day destinations.

AAA Travel projects that 33 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, with 85 percent traveling by car.

The free, web-based app’s top 10 list only features national parks, what Roadtrippers.com calls "hidden gems," with Crater Lake National Park in Washington taking the top spot.

"Roadtrippers contains thousands upon thousands of little-known and must-see places," said Tatiana Parent, Roadtrippers co-founder. "From quirky road-side art and abandoned fairgrounds to the country’s best independent restaurants. Essentially, Roadtrippers allows the alternative thinker to plan a journey based around sights and attractions that they probably didn’t know existed."

Roadtrippers 10 Alternative Labor Day Destinations

DestinationState
10. Everglades National ParkFlorida
9. Acadia National ParkMaine
8. Carlsbad Caverns National ParkNew Mexico
7. Great Sand Dunes, National Park in MoscaColorado
6. Redwood National ParkCalifornia
5. Glacier National ParkMontana
4. Shenandoah National ParkVirginia
3. Cuyahoga Valley National ParkOhio
2. Arches National ParkUtah
1. Crater Lake National ParkOregon

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.


10 Alternative Lawn Styles

The traditional look of turfgrass lawns is being challenged by DIY gardeners who want easier and more environmentally-friendly options. Grass lawns may look and feel nice, but they're a strain on our wallets, our time, and the environment. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to enjoy our front and backyard spaces without grass. Check out these 10 alternative lawn styles for inspiration on how to use that space in a more interesting, and eco-friendly way.

1. Ground Cover

You can still have a nice lawn to walk, or play on by growing ground cover in lieu of grass. Various mosses, creeping thyme, and clover are all popular alternatives to grass that sprawl over an area quickly, and stay low to the ground. Some can be even be cut with the mower to keep things looking neat and tidy, and many will grow faster and easier than grass, especially in tough areas.

They don&rsquot need near as much upkeep, while still covering your yard with greenery that can handle foot traffic and child&rsquos play. Moss adds a lush, vibrant green carpet, whereas clover and thyme come in different colors, and may even display small flowers.

2. Wildflower Garden

Turning your yard into a wildflower garden is great if you are okay with letting things go a little wild. It&rsquos not for everyone, or every space, but a mix of native wildflowers can cover an area in just one season, provide sanctuary and food for birds and pollinators, while looking beautiful, to boot. For best results, mimic your natural surroundings by planting a mix of native grasses and perennial flowers.

Meadows, prairies, and woodlands will all have certain species that thrive in their specific conditions, so stick to those plants when starting yours up. Full-sun wildflower gardens may be more colorful, but shaded areas can be forest-like wonderlands with ferns, shrubs, and shade wildflower combinations.

3. Hardscapes

Hardscape elements like stone features, patios, and extended driveways can be designed to take over your whole yard without the need for any grass or plant-life at all. Many households still want areas for seating or play, but don&rsquot have the time to maintain a yard with grass or plant life.

Integrated patios and driveways can add extra space for entertaining, while mulched areas, rubber pavers, or even driveways are great for kids to play on. Add fire-pits, fountains, or pergolas for extra fun and engagement to the space. A few well-placed planters can provide some vital foliage.

4. Xeriscape Lawns

A xeriscape lawn is a great alternative in climates that experience extreme heat and/ or drought. This design incorporates drought-tolerant and drought-resistant plants like aloe, cacti, and succulents - anything that thrives on very little water. They are usually interspersed with hardscapes like patio stones, gravel, or mulch, which gives a modern, contemporary look to your space.

It&rsquos a very eco-friendly choice, especially where water conservation is important, but good xeriscape design can also look stunning. You&rsquoll wow neighbors, save money on water bills, and help out the planet at the same time.

5. Perennial Pathways

Many homeowners are choosing to fill their yards, especially the front, with native perennials instead of grass. This is a great option if you don&rsquot use your front yard, and want something that looks nice without the need for extra care. While it&rsquos a bit costly at the start, especially if you pay someone to design it, this idea is meant to be low-maintenance once the plants are established.

In the end, you&rsquoll save hundreds on what you&rsquod normally spend maintaining grass a year: no more fertilizer, gas for the lawnmower, or extraneous water bills.

6. Vegetable Garden

Another popular trend is to ditch the grass for a vegetable garden. Why not use soil to grow things you can actually eat? Vegetable or" kitchen" gardens used to be common-place, but along the way, turfgrass became the status quo. Food shortages are still an issue in many places, and growing your own organic fruits and veggies is a healthy choice for any family.

Veggie gardens will still need regular care and watering, but you&rsquoll save on grocery bills, and can incorporate eco-friendly watering systems like rain barrels or drip irrigation. Some homeowner&rsquos associations ban front-yard vegetable gardens (sadly), so check with them first.

7. Rain Garden

The rain garden is similar to a perennial garden, but with an added focus on retaining rain run-off from rooftops and driveways. A rain garden is made by digging a fairly deep depression into the ground and filling it with specific native plants that help soak up the rainfall, with any remainder absorbed back into groundwater systems and aquifers.

Rain gardens can save 30 percent of water runoff from hitting the sewers, while adding an attractive space for native plants to flourish. Contact your local conservation authority as they should have some great resources, including info on local subsidies or rebate programs.

8. Artificial Turf

Artificial turf has come a long way and can be useful if you want a place for the kids to play, or a lawn that &ldquolooks&rdquo green. There is very little maintenance needed, just the cost upfront which can be around $5-$20 per square foot, depending on the type, and whether you install it yourself.

The benefits are: no watering, mowing, maintenance, or grass stains. The cons are that this is a synthetic product that gets hot, and isn&rsquot always recyclable. Look for eco-friendly options made from sustainable materials for certain landscapes, using artificial turf is still a &ldquogreener&rdquo option than turfgrass.

9. Backyard Pond

A pond will use 50 percent less water than a grass lawn of the same size. Adding a waterfall can help raise that number to 70 percent. The other benefit, is that healthy ponds can add a biodiverse ecosystem to your yard. Fish, birds, pollinators, and microscopic organisms thrive around a body of water, and can be a healthy addition to your landscape.

There is some maintenance needed to keep a pond free from bad algae and bacteria, however, once you've completed the challenging installation, the labor is not as intensive as a lawn, and is pesticide-free. The added visual appeal can make the cost worth it, since they increase the value of your home.

10. Alternative Grass

One of the best alternatives to grass is&hellipgrass! The variety normally found on lawns is a kind of non-native turfgrass, but choosing native, drought-tolerant, low, or &ldquono-mow&rdquo grasses won&rsquot require mowing, fertilizer, or extra watering. Creeping red fescue, for example, is beautiful left un-mown, and displays illustrious, low-mound, silky strands.

There are other fescue blends that will stay lower to the ground and are good for foot-traffic. Ornamental grasses are drought-tolerant and maintenance-free options, as well. You can easily blend a no-mow fescue or other ground cover with ornamental varieties to create a stunning, alternative grass display.

Americans love their lawns, and while they can look beautiful, the amount of water and maintenance required to keep them healthy is hard to justify in this day and age. With so many options available, these alternative styles prove that you can be a steward of the environment, save some cash, and still have a beautiful lawn to be proud of at the end of the day.

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Alt-labor: a new union movement or the same old song?

On a crisp and sunny morning on the day after Thanksgiving, a group of protesters gathered in front of a large Walmart in Michigan’s Sterling Heights, calling for wage increases and better working conditions for the superstore's employees. Mary Johnson, a retiree and member of international activist group the Raging Grannies, stood next to Dan Lombardo, a plumber wearing old-fashioned overalls, who was carrying a sign stating “Walmart equals poverty.” Mothering Justice founder Danielle Atkinson, in a vibrant purple coat, turned up with her entire family. Even Mary Kay Henry, the International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who was back in the Detroit area for the holiday, was there.

But as police cars drew up, scattering the protesters, it seemed there was one cohort of people missing: the protest had not included a single Walmart worker.

Over the last couple of years, in a bid to survive, unions have been fighting back against crumbling membership rates, testing out new strategies and pouring logistical and financial resources into non-union, alternative forms of organizing, at the heart of which are campaigns to raise the minimum wage. In the interest of reaching a new cohort of younger and more diverse workers, immediate ambitions to increase membership levels have fallen by the wayside.

So the pragmatism sets in: to command the numbers they need to create a presence at protests, unions are helping organize workers who are not paying members and have little prospect of becoming so in the near future.

There's a name for it that harkens more to the music industry than the labor movement: alternative labor, or " alt-labor".

Los Angeles police move in to arrest people during a protest for wages outside Walmart. Photograph: Lu Photograph: LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

Leading the “alt-labor” initiatives have been two organizing clusters: Our Walmart, created by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and the Fight for 15 movement. The former group's demands include a $25,000 a year minimum salary for all Walmart workers but have given up on hopes for unionization. Then there's the Fight For 15 movement, created by the SEIU. That targets the fast-food industry, with demands for a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to form a union-and an appeal to millennials.

Alt-labor as a phenomenon – filling in gaps where unions have failed to organize – is not new. In the last two decades, workers in the restaurant, retail, agriculture and domestic work industries have been fighting for their rights through non-union foundation funded worker centers, grassroots, community organizations, including the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and the Coalition for Immokalee Workers, who have had a number of landmark victories.

What is new is the extent of big labor unions’ involvement and investment into alt-labor, and the creation of their own alt-labor spinoffs.

The labor movement is trying to reinvent itself, by necessity. The United States labor movement is in crisis. Unions today represent just 11.3% of American workers, down from 28.3% in 1954. Worse for the old bosses of labor, 93% of the private sector is currently non-union – a reflection of a number of trends, including the gradual spreading of anti-worker, pro-employer legislation and policies, an idea that unions are bad for business, the outsourcing of jobs and labor’s failure to adapt to an increasingly service-based economy.

Demonstrators protesting over wages and treatment for fast-food workers near a McDonald's in Seattle. Photograph: Elaine Thompson/ASSOCIATED PRESS Photograph: Elaine Thompson/ASSOCIATED PRESS

“The labor movement is on a learning curve,” says Bob Bruno, a professor at the University of Illinois, who directs its Chicago-based labor education program.

Unions have remained vastly absent from the retail and restaurant industries, Walmart and fast food chains included. Walmart currently employs 1.3 million people in America, while the 10 largest fast food chains employ 2.2 million Americans.

“As income inequality grows greater and greater, it becomes more and more obvious that you’ve got larger sectors of the workforce that are now huddling round the minimum wage,” Bruno says. “The labor movement is coming to a realization that these are workers that they need to be attentive to and think about finding ways of supporting.”

In many ways, Our Walmart and the Fight For 15 movements are not new forms of labor, but labor from scratch – organizing members who have never been members of unions before – one worker at a time, one work place at a time.

When Nancy Salgado, 27, who has been a McDonald’s employee in Chicago since the age of 16, received a phone call from her sister last summer, urging her to join the Fight For 15 movement, she says she didn’t believe any of what her sister was telling her was true.

“I wasn’t aware that I had rights, I wasn’t aware that anybody cared about fast-food workers or anybody cared about how much I was making.”

Now Salgado, who makes $8.25 an hour and has two young children she is the sole provider for, says she won’t stop protesting, striking and mobilizing more of her colleagues until she earns the right to organize without retaliation, form a union and negotiate a raise.

Damon Silvers, director for policy and special counsel at the AFL-CIO, a national trade union center representing 11 million workers, says the future of the labor movements is not so much tied to whether or not unions will survive, but whether the rights of working people will.

Low-wage workers rallied on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to raise the minimum wage. Photograph: AP Photograph: AP

“The critical thing right now in the American economy and the American workforce is for working people to rediscover that they have power collectively to shape their own economic future,” Silvers says.

But with only a minority of workers taking part in protests (and in the case of Sterling Heights, none at all) there is no doubt this is a public awareness campaign too. Less kind commentators have called Walmart and fast-food industry-geared protests a march on the media.

Striking hardly threatens the daily functioning of businesses in highly volatile, low-skill industries where employees can be fired or have their hours cut from one day to the next with little protection. It does however serve to draw attention to broader economic issues, including stark income inequality, and the reality of living on the minimum wage.

“Often, fast-food workers are out of sight, out of mind,” says Amy Traub, a senior policy analyst at Demos.

Jessica Davis, 25, also a McDonald’s employee, says she first learned about unions and workers’ rights just four months ago, when she was approached by an organizer on a work break. Before then, she says she assumed she was at the mercy of her manager.

Today, Davis, who has had her hours cut in half since she joined Fight For 15, dedicates time at work convincing colleagues to join the fight with her.

“I tell them they can cut your days for anything they want, why not have them cut your days for something you believe in, for something where you can stand up and say 'They cut my days for this, this is not right.'”

A McDonald's restaurant in Brooklyn. Photograph: Keith Bedford/Reuters Photograph: KEITH BEDFORD/REUTERS

While similar stories of worker empowerment are happening across the country through on the ground organizers at least partially financed by UFCW for Walmart and SEIU for fast-food outlets, it should come as no surprise that Salgado and Davis’ originally lacked any knowledge of their rights as workers. That kind of lack of awareness is what motivates alt-labor organizers.

Last September, economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty found that 95% of the wealth generated since the 2008 financial crash went to the top 1% of American earners, with economic recovery holding a very different meaning for those at the top of the American economic ladder than it did for those at the bottom.

In a report released last October, the National Employment Law Project estimated McDonald’s 707,850 employees were forced to rely on $1.2bn in public assistance despite the company making $5.46bn in profits, and paying its CEO $13.7m.

Traub argues the fast food and Walmart strikes and the personal stories that accompany them have brought increased visibility to theoretical arguments, propping up major campaigns to raise the minimum wage in more official settings, such as the recent Democrat-sponsored congressional bill to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016.

But opponents abound, selling their skepticism: are these campaigns a succession of media-stunts set up by big labor as a last resort to advance their interests, or is the effort to build a new movement actually taking place on the ground?

Among the most vocal denouncing alt-labor practices is the Center for Union Facts, run by renowned conservative public relations expert Richard Berman.

Berman’s websites, laborpains.org and workercenters.com, among others, seek to expose alt-labor organizations’ ties to unions, with the implication that the old labor movement is pulling the puppet strings.

A Walmart in Virginia. Photograph: MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA Photograph: MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA

“No campaigns supported by unions – either implicitly or explicitly – to raise the minimum wage are worker-led battles,” Berman says. “They are coordinated attacks led by national labor unions against long-time industry foes.”

Berman’s point about worker involvement is a sensitive topic within labor and alt-labor.

When asked, Our Walmart and the Fight For 15 movement did not hide their union affiliations – though the ties are definitely downplayed. Presumably in an effort to appear as grassroots-led as possible, SEIU’s Fight For 15 movement has a different name in each city, and has no central website. Neither organization’s budget has been made accessible, which keeps opposition scrutiny at bay.

More concretely, one question remains: if the larger unions continue to dissolve, the sources of financial support for alt-labor are likely to go with them. The financial future of alt-labor is thus up in the air. Could fast-food workers feasibly become the dues-paying GM workers of the future?

If convincing workers to take part in protests still represents an uphill battle, the central, core ambitions of the protests – raising the minimum wage and tangibly addressing inequality – are bringing a variety of sympathetic community members and organizations together. With a new cause to rally around, the question arises: could a new kind of American, far from the factory floor, represent the future and survival of the labor movement?

Back at the Walmart gathering in Sterling Heights, with police officers growing increasingly impatient from their cars, the remaining, diverse set of protesters had gathered for a group photo. They exchanged jokes and, later, phone numbers. Current Walmart store employees may have been absent from the protest, but the cause of raising the minimum wage and tackling inequality was clearly forming new friendships, connections and alliances.


Middle Eastern Influences on Dominican Cuisine

The Spanish brought the strong influence of Middle Eastern cuisine from their history of the 700-year Moorish invasion .

Along with the Moorish influence, many Arabs also migrated to the Dominican Republic.

They found work as agricultural laborers and merchants in the 1900s .

The Arabic influences on Dominican cuisine include:

    is a Lebanese based dish of savory rice flavored with almonds and raisins. The Dominicans often eat this dish around Christmas time. which is a middle eastern dish of rice and toasted noodles. or Quipes are the Dominican version of Lebanese ‘kibbeh,’ a deep-fried bulgur roll dish usually with a meat filling. The Dominican version substitutes the less popular lamb meat with beef and does not use the mint and spices in the traditional middle eastern equivalent.

Not all oils are created equal

Certain oils are safer and more effective than others. With an influx of essential oils on the internet – and likewise an increased volume of potentially unsafe, low-quality products – it’s important to talk to your midwife or doctor if you’re interested in trying aromatherapy during pregnancy or delivery. We want you to be comfortable with your birth plan, and we’ll help you identify traditional and alternative relaxation and pain management techniques that can work for you.

One particular caution is to use essential oils in the way they’re intended. Some are safe to use right on the skin while others should be used only in a diffuser. We advise patients to avoid oils that seem “off the beaten path” unless specifically prescribed by a doctor. When we don’t have a lot of data or research about an oil, it’s better to play it safe and avoid it than to run the risk of an adverse reaction to its ingredients.

Interested in using aromatherapy during labor and delivery? Call us at 214-645-8300 or request an appointment online.


Creating Value From the Alternative Workforce

For years, organizations have viewed contract, freelance, and gig employment as alternative talent options to more traditional full-time jobs. That view is rapidly changing, as this flexible workforce has joined the mainstream.

With pockets of skills shortages hitting many industries and ongoing low birth rates in many countries, 1 leveraging and managing this diverse talent segment will become essential to business growth in the years ahead. Given its growing importance, C-suite executives will need to be able to manage these alternative workforces as a strategic asset, one that can add value to the organization.

Originally conceived of as contract work, these non-traditional positions include work performed by outsourced teams, contractors, freelancers (typically paid by the hour), gig workers (those paid by the task), and the crowd (outsourced networks). Once considered a workforce primarily for information technology (IT) or other technical or repeatable tasks, alternative workers increasingly perform a broad range of activities. In Deloitte’s 2019 Global Human Capital Trends study, 33% of respondents report extensively using alternative arrangements for IT, 25% for operations, 15% for marketing, and 13% for finance.

The signs of growth are widespread. The number of self-employed workers in the U.S. is projected to reach 42 million people by 2020. In the European Union, freelancers are the fastest-growing labor group, with their number doubling between 2000 and 2014 growth in freelancing has been faster than overall employment growth in the U.K., France, and the Netherlands. 2 Even some full-time employees are eyeing the potential advantages: Deloitte’s latest millennial study finds that 64% of full-time workers want to do “side hustles” to make extra money.

For organizations looking to grow and to access critical skills, managing alternative forms of employment has become critical. Many countries are seeing declining birth rates, reducing the size of the labor pool. 3 Forty-five percent of surveyed employers worldwide say they are having trouble filling open positions, the largest such percentage since at least 2006, according to one survey. Among companies with more than 250 employees, the percentage struggling to find qualified candidates rises to 67%. 4

At the same time, demographic changes are reshaping the supply of labor. Older workers are retiring later or reentering the workforce others are spending time caring for children and aging parents and some individuals are going back to school. These trends are creating more depth and scale across the range of alternative talent pools. 5

Strategic Challenges and Opportunities

How fully are organizations capitalizing on the alternative workforce today? Deloitte’s Global Human Capital survey results suggest that many could be doing more. Forty-one percent of survey respondents say they consider this issue important or very important, yet only 28% believe they are ready or very ready to address it.

Most organizations look at alternative work arrangements as a transactional solution, one geared more toward “filling slots” rather than as a strategically important source of talent, according to the research. For example, only 8% of respondents say they had established processes to manage and develop alternative workforce sources fully 54% of respondents say they either managed alternative workers inconsistently or have few or no processes for managing them at all.

The survey also finds that using alternative workers can enhance organizational performance. Such efforts enable organizations to put the right talent where and when it’s most needed to get results, in a labor market where traditionally on-balance-sheet talent is becoming ever harder to find.

Consider how the German company Robert Bosch GmbH created an entire subsidiary—Bosch Management Support GmbH—to manage its on-call contingent workforce of more than 1,700 former and retired Bosch employees worldwide. These “senior experts” are brought in to consult and work on projects at Bosch on an as-needed basis, often at short notice, in functions as varied as research and development, production, purchasing, finance, and sales and marketing. Bosch claims a 92% satisfaction rate among these workers’ customers, who value them both for the work they perform and for the coaching and development opportunities they bring to younger Bosch associates. 6

Engaging alternative workers strategically, however, is harder than it looks. Doing so effectively requires moving beyond “managing” contractors and freelancers to “optimizing” and “leveraging” this workforce deliberately and well. Even among companies with policies and standards, a strategic, enterprisewide approach is rare. What is needed is a wholesale rewiring of how many organizations manage and interact with alternative labor—one that allows them to connect the appropriate talent with the appropriate roles no matter how that talent is sourced.

Part of the answer lies in connecting the various parts of the enterprise involved in hiring alternative workers. This includes procurement, IT, and, increasingly, HR.

At many organizations, HR is stepping up to the challenge. Seventy-five percent of this year’s survey respondents indicate that HR supports sourcing alternative workers 66% report HR is involved in training them, 65% say HR negotiates work arrangements, and 63% report HR is involved in benefits management.

In addition, investments to expand HR strategies to the alternative workforce are also rising. More than half of the respondents to the Global Human Capital survey (51%) report that their organization has specific plans to address recruitment strategies for the alternative workforce. In another encouraging sign, 31% of respondents now have learning and development plans for alternative workers, 23% survey them for feedback, and 22% award them bonuses and other types of incentive pay.

A parallel step for organizations to consider is to take advantage of the growing portfolio of alternative workforce management tools that are coming on the market. For example, in 2018, Workday acquired Rallyteam, a gig work platform. 7 This type of alternative workforce management tool is designed to fill a gap in the market and enable new connections among those managing various workforce segments and types, thereby providing a total workforce view.

Alternative Workers, Mainstream Respect

It’s also important for businesses to consider issues of inclusion, diversity, fairness, and trust when constructing organizational systems for alternative work. Alternative workers can have different backgrounds and cultures than many traditional workers, and these individuals are often accessed in different ways. It’s important that the entire workforce, both alternative and traditional, be treated with respect with regard to culture, inclusion, and work assignments—and that perceptions on all sides reflect these values.

Risks and challenges like these are not insurmountable, and the alternative workforce is now a critical mainstay of the workforce for a growing number of employers. Organizations that take this workforce seriously can build strategies and programs to access and engage talented people wherever they may sit in the labor pool, driving business growth and extending the diversity of the workforce.


Seattle’s protest is the latest in a long history of experimental living

After a week of clashes between Seattle police and Black Lives Matter and antiracism protesters, police abandoned the East Precinct and protesters moved in, establishing what they’ve called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) or the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). For weeks, protesters have occupied the six-block area and turned the space into their own cop-free activist commune, complete with a “No Cop Co-op,” two medical stations, bathrooms and even community vegetable gardens.

Some media outlets have deemed the CHAZ/CHOP a “Mad Max” film come alive, or an “ugly anarchist hell.” However, Seattle’s experiment in cop-free cooperative living is actually the latest iteration of America’s long history of communal experimentation. Since the 19th century, groups have periodically turned to communalism when they have lost faith in America’s institutions. When it appears that incremental policy reform and elections are incapable of solving society’s needs, Americans have participated in alternative institution building to achieve immediate and comprehensive change.

While most of America’s communal experiments failed to last more than a few years, they introduced people to the possibility of a better future. They displayed the efficacy of alternative modes of governance, labor systems and public safety — even if they were short-lived.

In 1630, Puritan leader John Winthrop led a wave of followers across the Atlantic to settle and colonize their own “city upon a hill” that would restore order to society and craft a community that abided by God’s law — the beginning of America’s deep-seated tradition of communal experimentation. The Puritan colonists attempted to forge a Godly model community for their fellow English Protestants in what they deemed the “new world.”

Over the 17th and 18th centuries, continued waves of European Protestant dissenters followed in the footsteps of their Puritan forebears. The American Colonies’ heightened sense of religious freedom encouraged groups such as the Quakers, Shakers, Moravians and Labadists to settle and colonize areas of New England, New York, Pennsylvania and the old Northwest. These religious outsiders transplanted their communal tendencies to the Colonies and provided a successful example of small-scale communal experimentation that would inspire reformers in the 1800s.

The high point of American communal experimentation was the 1840s, when groups of secular reformers transformed the previously pious act of building such communities into a viable political reform strategy for enacting comprehensive societal change in the face of industrialization. These utopians argued that America’s institutions had failed them and were incapable of further reform because of capitalists’ control over the nation’s political system and monopoly over the means of production. The only solution to counter the evils of industrialization and rampant individualism was to build alternative institutions that were free of capitalism’s inherent evils.


Top 10 Best Labor Day Dessert Recipes for the End of Summer

Celebrate—or mourn—the end of summer with some of the best Labor Day dessert recipes we have to offer. Before the kids have to go back to class, be sure to bask in the last of these sunny, warm days. There's still plenty of time to enjoy these creamy, citrusy or fruity delights at your backyard barbecue! These Labor Day dessert recipes are just what you need to stay in a summery mood before the days get shorter and leaves fall to the ground.


Whiskey Smash

If you’re looking to start mixing drinks with the darker spirits of fall while it’s still hot enough to require something light and refreshing, the Whiskey Smash is your perfect middle point. Bourbon gets lightened with simple syrup and mint leaves, while a little muddled lemon adds brightness and acidity. Even if you think you’ll never drink whiskey in the warmer months, try it—you may be surprised.


10 Labor Day Recipes

1. Zucchini Patties Recipe with Lemon-Yogurt Sauce

Zucchini is a popular summer vegetable that is quite versatile. This recipe for zucchini patties with lemon-yogurt sauce is testament to that. The patties have a crispy outside and soft inside and are complemented by a zesty yogurt sauce that cleanses the palate while you munch away.

2. Mix Melons Sorbet Recipe

This sorbet recipe is a deliciously sweet and light way to enjoy melons while you still can and cool down while the weather is still hot. Enjoy this recipe as a sorbet or in the form of frozen ice cream bars.

3. Cold Pasta Salad with Green Beans, Red Peppers and Feta

Cool down and fill up with this pasta salad recipe that is served cold and accented with the wholesomeness of veggies and cheese. You can adapt the recipe according to the veggies you already have on hand and spice it up with seasonings and herbs you enjoy.

4. Grilled Veggie Burger

It’s still summer after all, and soon you’ll start to miss the ease of grilling outdoors. But just because the grill excites meat eaters beyond measure doesn’t mean there is no room left for the vegan to enjoy it. Next to regular burgers, always prepare a vegan burger option for those who don’t want to eat meat and animal byproducts. This grilled veggie burger recipe is based in black beans and quinoa. It is dense, is full of spices and will even satisfy meat lovers too!

5. Fruit Kebabs

Who says you need to pull out all the stops to make dessert? Fruits do the trick all on their own. But don’t just serve fruit in a bowl and call it a day. Instead, chop them and place them on skewers to make fruit kebabs!

6. Sweet Corn Recipe with Miso Butter and Scallions

Cooked corn on the cob is only as good as the butter spread on it. This sweet corn recipe with miso butter and scallions speaks for itself, adding a more complex twist to a classic picnic treat.

7. Trail Mix

If you’re going on a picnic for labor day or inviting friends and neighbors over, it’s always good to have appetizers to munch on to keep the hunger at bay. Trail mix is an easy solution. This trail mix recipe adapts to you, not you to it, so you can pick and choose which nuts, seeds, dried fruits and superfoods you like and then pair them appropriately to create a crave-worthy snack.

8. Blueberry Pancake Cake Recipe

Start the day off on a festive foot with this blueberry pancake recipe. Stack the pancakes up and indulge!

9. Roasted Artichokes with Lemon Anchovy Caper Vinaigrette

Get a little sophisticated and try your hand at roasting artichokes and pairing them with a savory sauce. This artichoke recipe with lemon anchovy caper vinaigrette is fit for small crowds and an easy way to introduce yourself to the world of artichokes.

10. Summer Sangria

Nothing boozes up a crowd quite like sangria. All you need for this red sangria recipe are a few bottles of wine and a basket of fruits. The result is a feast for the eyes.


This coastal stretch of South Carolina is teeming with natural beauty and mouthwatering food, says Choquet. Suck down a raspberry milkshake at Husk, then pay a visit to Angel Oak, a 65-foot live oak tree that’s around 300 years old. For accommodation, Choquet likes Montage Palmetto Bluff, an 𠇊mazing getaway” set on 20,000 acres with tons of family-friendly activities like lawn games, scavenger hunts and nature trails.

The famous estuary is the ultimate New England escape, says Choquet. Wander around historic Chestertown or catch a passenger-only ferry to Smith Island, where you can hear old-timey Elizabethan accents and devour Smith Island Cake (the state dessert). Choquet suggests staying at the pet-friendly Hyatt Regency, equipped with an indoor pool and River Marsh Marina.



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