Odds & Sods

Upcoming Theme Weeks announced for Silverback Digest: Week of March 8 ... "A Deep Dive into Dolly" Parton Week Week of March 15 ... Cutest Grandkid Contest (send your best pics) Week of March 22 ... Mud Season Special And in other News of the Jungle ... SB Todd's (Wall St. Silverbacks) son Craig will... Continue Reading →

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 →

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. Eatwith.com 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 →

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