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What’s Growing in Your Garden?

Thanks to a long winter in Maine, it took a long time this year before I could turn the soil and get plants started. Now that the days have turned reliably warm, I’ve got peppers, tomatoes, carrots, garlic, beans and zuchinni in the works, to be surrounded by wildflowers if everything germinates well.

My aesthetic [...]

Guess What? That “Cold” Winter 2013-2014 Showed (Yes!) Global Warming

“What global warming?”

If you live in the United States, you probably heard this sarcastic phrase last winter, uttered by people who noticed that in the United States, this winter was pretty cold:

Minority Report: Conservative News and Opinions:

“As I write this entry, it is 1 degree Fahrenheit in Morton Grove, Illinois, below zero [...]

Spring in the Garden after a Long Winter

I don’t have to tell you that we had a long winter (although a review of global climate data will tell us that such a winter was typical a generation ago). I just want to share two of the little subtle joys coming with the remarkably quick spring. Just two weeks ago we had snow [...]

It Was So Cold…

It was so cold this morning that my thumb froze, instantly stuck onto the plastic handle of my snow shovel. I know, I should have worn gloves.

How cold is it where you are?

It Was An Extremely Hot Year for Planet Earth

Even as you may be feeling chilly while waiting for the bus to arrive, the surface area of Arctic sea ice is actually at historically very low levels. As for 2013… [...]

The Winter Outside is Delightful

We’ve only just begun to receive our latest snowstorm up here in Maine, but the first few inches delight me, with the promise of feet to come. I’ll have some work to do to make my immediate environment livable, but after a winter that wasn’t last year I’m refreshed. It’s good to have [...]

Sharing a Holiday Tradition of Krampus at Elementary School

This year, my daughter’s third-grade class was asked to bring in parents to share family holiday traditions. One of the things my extended family has enjoyed doing over the past four years is singing this “Here Comes Krampus” song when we get together between the solstice and the new year. And so with posterboard in [...]

St. John’s Wort and I, Bent

As winter turned to spring a year ago, I looked at the flattened form of a St. John’s Wort bush I had planted the year before. Leafless and listless, it seemed utterly broken by the weight of the season’s snow. Looking at that plant laid so low, I was sure that I’d have to dig [...]

CBS News Terrorist Threat Turned Out To Be Total Bull

There wasn’t a single terrorist attack in the United States over the winter holidays. There was no threat looming over our country, other than the one invented by Bob Orr and his so-called terrorism experts. [...]

Krampus The Misunderstood Winter Holiday Spirit

As a trickster, Krampus exists outside of simple divisions between good and evil. Krampus isn’t a goodie goodie like Santa Claus, but that doesn’t mean he’s evil. [...]

Tiger Mauling Threat Looms Over U.S. Holidays

By what measure is domestic terror a growing threat? By the measure of how much our constitutional rights, such as the protection from unreasonable search and seizure, are undermined by fear (terror) run rampant. [...]