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In Summer, Fall

By the calendar, strict dividing lines separate Winter from Spring and Summer from Fall. The natural world knows no hard and fast boundaries. In the middle of August I stepped outside this morning to find an acorn on the ground. Looking around, I found many more, and along with them a smattering of fallen [...]

The Acorn to Oak Test: Soil or Fridge?

Outside the house where I live in Maine is a big, tall red oak tree that has been producing acorns in such great number that as squirrels run about the branches they come down like rain — or hail, perhaps. The last person to live in this house seemed to think it important to maintain [...]

Prairie Oaks, a Natural Stop for Road Trip Kids on Ohio I-70

One of the necessities of the long car trip with kids is the rest stop — a place not only for the younguns to decant, but also to run and stretch and get their restless bodies tired out before getting back in the car. The typical rest stop visible from the highways of our country [...]