A More Interesting Calendar

There are trite ways of obtaining the date: looking at a cell phone, watch or conventional calendar. But if one is willing to sacrifice a little precision for something more in tune with the living world, one can simply observe our natural surroundings for often-ignored cues. I know it's about mid-August from seeing the first ripe blackberries in our garden. Plums are purple but still... Continue Reading →

It’s About Thyme, a Honeybee Protector

From a single symptom such as fever, it is impossible to diagnose a disease. Similarly, the opposite-leaf characteristic alone will not help anyone classify a plant. But throw in a stem with a square cross section, fragrant leaves and flowers with an upper and lower lip, and you probably have a member of the mint... Continue Reading →


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