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It's here! Indeed it is here — let us acknowledge spring's arrival. Yellow coltsfoot have begun blooming along the roadways, the peepers have cleared their throats and unfurled their song sheets, the bears are leaving muddy footprints along … more
A little before my time, 1872, to be precise, the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture proposed that the 10th day of April be set aside as a tree-planting holiday, and thereby named it Arbor Day, the first such celebration in the nation. more
Just as Passover has eight days, and Christmas has twelve, Earth Day has 365 with an extra day added every four years. Impetus for Earth Day's birth on April 22, 1970, began with Rachel Carson's New York Times bestseller "Silent Spring" in 1962. … more
It was little over four centuries ago that the great Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei first aimed his telescope skyward. It's amazing how many people believe that it was he who invented the telescope, but this was most likely an invention from … more
DANBY — In the midst of a holy weekend, it can be difficult for the less denominational among us to connect with a deeper spirituality. For the multitudes of worshippers who find solace in prayer, faith is often more easily found. For others, … more
I left the frozen Berkshires one Sunday for a week of birding, botanizing and boating and returned to temperatures in the 70s with spring peepers peeping their single, high-pitched notes, repeated about once a second. more
There always seems to be a moment during holidays, such as Easter, when many of us find our minds adrift in reflections of past celebrations. For someone as well ripened as me, that can go back a long way. more
With springtime well under way, stargazers are beginning to retreat from the blinding lights of large cities to enjoy the sky in its true splendor. And what a great time to begin searching for falling or shooting stars, which are known to … more
As warmer weather heads our way, it can be tough to fight the inclination to spend countless carefree hours outdoors. While it's always worthwhile to get outside, a few precautions can go a long way in preventing your exposure to ticks and the … more
"Gardeners, start your tomatoes!" Vroom, vroom. Okay, that refrain may not spur as much exhilaration as a similar call for car racers to start their engines, but it should prompt gardeners to start sowing their tomato seeds this coming week. more
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