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Gardeners should have their own version of Reinhold Niebuhr's famous Serenity Prayer, which is about accepting the things you can't change. At this time of year, especially, we might acknowledge all the upkeep not performed in our gardens and just … more
Astronomers quickly become used to dealing with huge numbers. For example, in any one lecture, I might declare that the sun emits some 400 billion trillion watts of power each second, that our Milky Way Galaxy contains hundreds of billions of … more
Only in The Berkshires, as the saying goes: On Saturday, I watched two golfers, one in shorts, teeing off at the GEAA, and the following day, I couldn't see the golf course because of the whiteout here atop Crane Avenue in Pittsfield. The … more
Wildflowers are among the easiest plants to grow, especially if you copy Mother Nature. For cool climate gardeners, that means spreading seed over the ground after the first killing frost and before the ground hardens. Natural germination inhibitors … more
We've all had those days when nothing seems to move. No matter where we are - the highway, the line at the grocery store or the ATM machine - everything is at a standstill. This happens much too frequently for my taste, so on days like this I … more
Q. Question for you: I saw one male red-winged blackbird in my yard Sunday, Oct. 30. I don't recall seeing them so late in October before. I've looked at several migration maps and information on their migration. What the maps say and most of the … more
From my own observations, I have concluded that our chickadees are pretty smart birds, and as far as memory goes, it is apparently superior. Take, for example, their arrival only minutes after I hung a tubular squirrel-proof feeder that I took in … more
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