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One night about two weeks ago, my husband and I hauled our boys abruptly out of bed as the particular snow falling from the sky was something not to be missed. I had driven home from work that evening in a shook-up snow globe snowfall and I needed … more
Among the stars of the night sky lie constellations that derive from real and imaginary people, animals and objects, but rarely can anyone trace the images they represent. Take, for example, the flying steed known as Pegasus. I defy anyone to look … more
Washington's birthday is a good time to think about cherry trees. But rather than questioning whether George really chopped down the tree and then admitted to it, I find myself wondering what kind of a cherry it could have been.(The story, … more
Vermont winters are notorious for their variable conditions, with cycles of rain and subzero temperatures consuming most of November through March. For the many cross country skiers in the area, this can make it especially difficult to choose the … more
If you're looking for a celestial challenge this week, you're in luck. On the night of Friday, Feb. 10, you might want to pay close attention to the full moon as it rises in the east shortly after sunset. If you do, you will be treated to a … more
Over the decades, taste has drained out of supermarket tomatoes. Harry J. Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida, thinks he can put it back in within a couple of years.In this week's issue of the journal Science, … more
Q: We watch the birds at our feeders with much pleasure. Our question is, how and where do birds sleep in this cold weather? We feel sorry for them.— Beverly, EgremontA: There really is no reason to feel sorry for them; winter songbirds are … more
Here we are perfectly balanced between winter solstice and spring equinox. When you look over your shoulder, are you saddened by how quickly these winter days have flown by? Maddened that you haven't yet spent enough time in your ice shanty pulling … more
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