Wimoweh … Follow the Money

[This is Part III of as series based on a story written by Rian Milan the appeared in the May 25, 2000 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. Editor's note: This is a much longer than usual post for Silverback Digest, and most people probably are not interested enough to read the whole piece. It appears... Continue Reading →

Brown Creepers: Denizens of the Bark

By Lee Emmons On certain afternoons, if I time it just right, I may spot a brown creeper (Certhia americana) on the trunk of a tree in my front yard. Moving stealthily, almost imperceptibly up the tree, the brown creeper hunts for food amongst the bark. I watch this avian mission with a sense of... Continue Reading →

The Woodchucks Guide Mycorrhizal Fungi

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Ron Krupp, who is the author of “The Woodchuck’s Guide to Gardening” and “The Woodchuck Returns to Gardening.”  and is working on his third Vermont garden book called, “The Woodchuck’s Guide to Landscape Plants and Ornamentals.”  Dr. Rich Bartlett, the head of the UVM Plant and Soil Science Department,... Continue Reading →

Gratitude for Little Gifts

A Haitian friend of Reginale, a 28-year-old mother with AIDS, combs her hair in a gesture of true friendship and love. Chilton St. Hospice, Cambridge, MA, 1994. Jon Chase photo [Yesterday we published a tribute to Silverback M. Dickey Drysdale who has left The Jungle for the Great Newsroom in the sky. Today we take... Continue Reading →

The Boss Takes a Vacation

[Editor's note: The following is the Foreword from the 2011 book The Wrath of Irene, a staff-written account of Tropical Storm Irene, published by The Public Press in 2011. A foreword is a (usually short) piece of writing sometimes placed at the beginning of a book written by someone other than the primary author of... Continue Reading →

Anti-vaxxers in 18th Century

PUBLISHED April 28, 2021 in PublicDomainReview.org Illustration of the cow-poxed, ox-faced boy, an example of some proclaimed bovine side effects of the smallpox vaccine, as featured in Dr William Rowley's Cow-Pox Inoculation (1805) — Source. The ox-faced boy who stared out from the opening page of Dr William Rowley’s pamphlet possessed strangely elongated eyes, one bloodshot and one... Continue Reading →

April, 2013

[Truck Day to Duck Day is the name of a website that I created in that year to chronicle the events that occurred in Boston between February and October, 2013. While its basic structure is tied to the baseball season, the subject matter more broadly describes the dramatic events that took place in Boston that... Continue Reading →

Am I the Tool? Bill Schubart

[This article appeared originally in Vtdigger.org and is used by permission of the author.) by Bill Schubart Am I the Tool? I love to work with my hands. I love tools – the simpler the better. The ratio of a tool’s utility to its simplicity defines a tool’s excellence for me. A simple hand tool... Continue Reading →

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