It's time to bring this year's garden season to an end. There's really nothing left to do inside the garden besides pick a few carrots, so I need focus the remaining weeks before snowfall on raking leaves, tending grapes, and whatever else I can manage to do to get ahead for next year. But, before I do … Continue reading 2015 Gardens in Review
How much time do you spend outside? If you're like most people—including me—it's probably not all that much. Last fall I made a small challenge for myself, code name Project Get Out, to spend a half-hour outside each day, even in crappy fall weather, which is the worst. I'm going to do it again this … Continue reading GO: Get Outside!
Last year when I identified all the trees in our woods, I was most excited to find an elm tree in the southwest corner of our property, close to the road. As it turns out, I overlooked another bigger elm tree on the southeast corner of our property, so we have at least two. Now … Continue reading More Trees, Please!
I only recently learned that solar noon—the time of day when the sun is at its highest—is at about 2 pm in the summer at my house. When I found this out, I could only think: Duh! That makes perfect sense if I'd ever thought about it. But I didn't even think about it, even though it's … Continue reading The Height of the Sun
As I hit my late 20s and early 30s, it seemed like there were some pretty big changes in the lives of my friends. The obvious change was all the babies: my Facebook feed is almost nothing but baby pics some days. But there were other additions to my friends’ households as well: livestock. Mostly … Continue reading No Cows Allowed!
The other morning I went for a walk to the lake. And then it was so nice that I kept walking. I turned north and walked the gravel road along the lake shore. The houses turned to cottages and then there were no buildings and the road was just a trail that ran along the … Continue reading An Unusual Breakfast
After a long streak of no-travel, I had a long streak with travel. Three weeks of travel in a four-week period, seven states, lots and lots of meetings. It was fun, but it was exhausting. The highlight? Experiencing early spring in three different locations. Spring #1: Walden Pond During my trip across much of New England, I … Continue reading Three Versions of Spring
What might your office or apartment have in common with a NASA spaceship? Unfortunately the answer may be poor air quality. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health: Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up and stick around in greater amounts than we humans should be … Continue reading 9 Air-Cleaning Houseplants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill