Carbon Footprints

The Messy Truth About Carbon Footprints September 9, 2021 by Sami Grover How much attention should each of us be paying to our individual carbon footprint? That question is the subject of a contentious debate that’s been raging in climate circles for quite some time. In one camp stand folks like author Rebecca Solnit, whose... Continue Reading →

Tunbridge World’s Fair

SB Sandy and I will be going to the Tunbridge World's Fair on Thursday. It was cancelled last year. This video was made in 2009, twelve years ago, when my primitive videomaking skills were in their infancy. For reasons that I can't explain, we went through a period of two or three years when were... Continue Reading →

Putting the Garden to Bed

Putting the Garden to Bed for Winter by Margaret Haapoja My enthusiasm for gardening wanes by autumn, and I long for the respite winter offers. While putting the garden to bed in the fall isn't as much fun as watching it wake up in the spring, don't let your care for the garden disappear just... Continue Reading →

Try Some Maple Samaras

Maple’s Other Delicacy by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul Helicopters. Keys. Whirligigs. Samaras. Whatever you call the winged seeds released by maple trees, here’s one more word for them: delicious. Like many New Englanders, I have fond childhood memories of dropping maple “helicopters” from a height and watching them twist and twirl down to the ground. My... Continue Reading →

Turn Our Prisons into Gardens

Kris LaMar is a Master Gardener and has been volunteering at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville in the ‘gardening’ component of their Family Preservation Project. This article was published originally in Green Living Journal. More info at They Too Shall Garden Murderers, child sexual predators, heroin dealers, identity theft perpetrators, robbers and burglars. Perhaps not the ‘type’ you... Continue Reading →

How to Write Good

[This is Part 3 of my four-part epic poem Next Year in the Garden. SB SM] Part III–Fall Next year in the garden, as I pull weeds, I won't think that I coined the phrase "Nature abhors a vacuum." (Who did coin that phrase, if not me?). I won't wonder why I planted mustard greens.... Continue Reading →

Masters of Disguise

The Outside Story Ant-mimic Spiders: Masters of Disguise By Rachel Sargent Mirus I put the small brown ant I had mounted (but never identified) under a microscope and peered down at it. Two huge, headlight-like eyes stared back at me. That couldn’t be right; ants don’t have eyes that size and shape. I took the... Continue Reading →

The Prescription

"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned." by Silverback Bill Schubart (Hinesburg SBs) "It’s been one week since my last confession and I accuse myself of having abused myself two times. For these and all the sins I cannot remember, I ask God’s pardon and your absolution, Father.” Leaving the confessional with my absolution and... Continue Reading →

Why We Kiss

MODERN LOVE | ANTHROPOLOGY The reasons humans started kissing (Image credit: Michal Bialozej) By William Park 15th August 2021 Lip-on-lip kissing is not nearly as universal as we might think it is, so can the diverse number of ways that humans kiss reveal what it is about this intimate act that we find important? Less than half of... Continue Reading →


On the Nightstand Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think Stephen Morris [This is a book review from three years ago, when the world was a difference place. I'd love to provoke some discussion on how ideas, circumstances, and attitudes have adjusted since then. SB SM] I’m currently reading a book called Abundance: The... Continue Reading →

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