Expanding Birnbaum’s Observations

I was just making sure that my escarole ("scarola in Italian") had enough water, early yesterday morning. But an unexpected surprise led me to learn more than a few things. For starters, escarole is more closely related to chicory than to lettuce. Unlike the latter, escarole has toothed leaves and lacks the milky white sap... Continue Reading →

My Green Neighbor’s Ally Seemed to Come Out of Nowhere

Something happened that made me think of a classic scene from Woody Allen's "Annie Hall". Woody is waiting for movie tickets and he's stuck in line with a man behind him pontificating and annoying him. Well, yesterday morning, life was almost like that for a neighbor of mine. She was trying to convince another neighbor... Continue Reading →

Why so Few Tree Species in Quebec?

The total forested area on Earth is 4.06 billion hectares. 90 million of those hectares, of which 92% are publicly owned, are in a province of Canada called Quebec. It's a vast area of trees, twice the total area that's within Sweden's borders. 1 out of every 45 hectares of the world's forests are in... Continue Reading →

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