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January 6, 2010
Dogs - scaled.DSCF1649

I have a dog, the first dog I have ever owned. I didn't grow up with dogs and I never yearned for one until a year or so ago when I started wishing for a hiking companion. Mine is a poodle, probably a decade old, who was found wandering the streets of North Haven, Connecticut, in October. He...

January 10, 2010

The price of solar photovoltaic energy in the United States has come down in the past 10 years, but it's still way too expensive for most people—about 30 cents per kilowatt hour. Electricity on average in the U.S. is about 10 cents...

Against Keeping Chickens - Desktop chicken

On my chest of drawers sits a stuffed chick. My daughter gave it to me to fulfill my desire to keep chickens, because my family has urged me not to take this on. The realities of raising actual chicks to laying hens would require starting with 40 or so chicks, cooking them mash every day,...

December 31, 2009
People Using Less Oil - k8247-15i

The New York Times's Jad Mouawad has reported that despite fears that the United States would need more oil refineries, people are using so much less oil now than they were only two years ago that refineries have shut down in Delaware, New Jersey, California, and New Mexico.


December 17, 2009

As Americans become more accustomed to pictures of dead bodies in the media, we are told less and less of the details of ordinary citizens' deaths. Only major newspapers, like The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, and the Los Angeles Times, still pay writers to report obituaries.


“As one follows the main highways or railroads between Boston and Washington, D.C., one hardly loses sight of built-up areas, tightly woven residential communities, or powerful concentrations of manufacturing plants. Flying this same route one discovers, on the other hand, that behind the...

Connecticut Woodlands magazine summer 2011

Editor’s Note
A forgotten book
One spring morning, I wrenched myself away from the kitchen table and went on a run. You know how that is. Work beckons but if you don’t get some exercise now, you’ll start snapping at people. It was starting to rain. I loped onto my 3...

October 29, 2012

The largest hurricane in our lifetimes is about to crash into my home state of New Jersey. Here's a ">map showing the progress.

August 21, 2015
Back from the Mountains - 11889642_10153590332619433_1052328457657306392_n

Early this week, my husband, two daughters, and one of the daughter's boyfriend hiked up to Mount Garfield in the White Mountains and stayed at Garfield Ridge Campsite. Sixteen mountains in the United States are named after the president who was assassinated one year into his presidency in...

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