Sanskrit Has a Word for That

from the Princeton University Press [I invented a word once. Actually, it came to me in a dream. The word is "sturdivant," and it is an adjective meaning "at a different time," as in, when describing a garden covered in snow, you'd say "That is our sturdivant garden, because it's not an actual garden when... Continue Reading →

But How About Coffee Grounds?

More “By the Numbers” … Coffee Grounds 20 Uses for Coffee Grounds Instead of dumping coffee grounds into the trash, put them to work around the house. Here are 20 creative ways to use coffee grounds in your home and garden. 1. Deodorize your hands, fridge, closet or car. Put dried grounds in an old... Continue Reading →

Next Year in the Garden

[Yeah, you've seen bits and pieces of this before in Silverback Digest, but here it is in all its epic glory, very appropriate for this time of year when the garden is mostly in the rearview mirror. SB SM] A Year in Review by Stephen Morris Part 1 ... Spring Part I–Spring Next year in... Continue Reading →

Green Living Lives On

How cool is this? I published Green Living for 15 years, following 15 years published by my predecessor, Marshall Glickman. For a dozen of my decade and a half I was joined by Gary Munkhoff and his partner, Susan Place, who published an Oregon-based edition. They are carrying on, looking better with each successive issue.... Continue Reading →

Colonizing the Cosmos

Astor’s Electrical Future By Iwan Rhys Morus During America’s Gilded Age, the future seemed to pulse with electrical possibility. Iwan Rhys Morus follows the interplanetary safari that is John Jacob Astor’s A Journey in Other Worlds, a high-voltage scientific romance in which visions of imperialism haunt a supposedly “perfect” future. PUBLISHED September 14, 2022 “The Combat of... Continue Reading →

Neanderthals died out 40,000 years ago, but there has never been more of their DNA on Earth

Published: August 31, 2022 12.40pm EDT in The Conversation Academic rigor, journalistic flair authors: Peter C. Kjærgaard Professor of Evolutionary History and Director, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen Mark Maslin Professor of Earth System Science, UCL Trine Kellberg Nielsen Associate Professor, Department of Archeology and Heritage Studies, Aarhus University Neanderthals... Continue Reading →

Seven Ages of Tunbridge

The Tunbridge World’s Fair is a metaphor for life. Everyone knows that. That’s why it’s the “World’s” fair, not simply “the best country fair in the Western Hemisphere.” No, Tunbridge is bigger than that. Shakespeare certainly understood this. Not many people know this, but his famous “Seven Ages of Man” speech was inspired by attending... Continue Reading →

Everybody Wins at Lucky Bottle

[Lest anyone doubt my entrepreneurial instincts ... SB SM.] September, 1981 “Embossed beer bottles for sale. Old soda bottles, too,” reads the classified ad. I collect old beer bottles so thought I’d take a look, even though it is a Burlington address. I ask my friend Charlie if he’d like to go for a ride.... Continue Reading →

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