Bobcats on the Go

The Outside Story By Susie Spikol There comes a time in every mammal mother’s life when her young leave. For some, this comes in a matter of weeks, for others it might be years. As I follow bobcat tracks through snow on a mid-winter day, dispersal is on my mind. My 18-year-old son is preparing... Continue Reading →

Wander of Wanders

Deborah McDermott Deborah McDermott is a recently retired newspaper journalist, and has spent a lifetime crafting and editing words for a large audience. She is asking your indulgence to follow her as she embarks on a new life in Ireland and Europe, and she is particularly interested in reaching older women and men who have... Continue Reading →

Scratching the Travel Itch … YES!

The editors of YES! Magazine have come up with some great ideas for matching your travels with your values. Share a meal in a local household. and Mealsharing.comconnect travelers with people in host countries who love to entertain. Prices vary. Eight other guests and I recently paid $49 each, staying past midnight sharing food, wine, and conversation in... Continue Reading →

Lichens in Winter

Rachel Mirus In a February forest, evergreens provide welcome color. But look more closely on the bark of trees, both conifers and hardwoods, and you’ll find other bright hues, from sunny yellows to blue-greens. These are lichens, common but often overlooked members of the winter woods. Lichens have varied and intricate growth patterns, but with... Continue Reading →

Another Hairy Creature

By Susan Shea The Hairy Woodpecker: Insect Hunter Extraordinaire A woodpecker frequently visits our feeder, alighting on the wooden supporting post and hopping up the post to the suet. Its medium size and striking markings – black wings spotted with white, a large white patch on the back, and a red spot on the back... Continue Reading →


A New Twist on Fire in the Cave SB SM She started making the construction noises in the summer, when the grass was still green and we were eating from the garden. No chevrons of geese were yet overhead, and yet she was making the noises of hammers and nails and money fluttering off in... Continue Reading →

The Tiny Cottage of Vance and Al

We're living in times where small is beautiful, a phrase coined by E.F. Schumacher to make the argument that the bigger-is-better philosophy of unchecked capitalism is fraught with dangerous downsides. Were he alive today, he would point to climate change, the current pandemic, and the increasing disparity in the distribution of wealth as proof. Acceptance... Continue Reading →

Valentines Day in the Jungle

We know that Silverbacks maintain harems, but what about Silverbacks and Silverbelles of the human variety? Does Love Always Come Before Marriage? By William Jankowiak and Alex Nelson Love and marriage aren’t the same thing: Passionate love is a feeling, and marriage is a social contract. But over time and around the world, the two... Continue Reading →

Frost Flowers and Hair Ice

Laurie D. Morrissey If you are out walking on an early winter morning, you might be lucky enough to see some of nature’s most beautiful and ephemeral sights: hair ice and frost flowers, both snow-white and delicate against the dull forest floor. Recently, a friend sent me a photo of hair ice, seemingly sprouting from... Continue Reading →

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