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Dec. 31, 2012
Happy 2013 - HermitLake_after_CPR_vertical

Wishing you a year of productive and honest work. 

November 20, 2012
Not for the holiday wreath - scaled.bittersweet

A friend asked me once for cuttings of Oriental bittersweet from my front yard. She wanted to make a holiday wreath with it. "Ugh! Has that grown back again?" was my response. But this was several years ago. Now moving, growing, and selling Oriental bittersweet is against state law....

November 7, 2012

President Obama, in his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning:

"We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened up by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet."


October 29, 2012
Full moon over flooding river  - IMG_0206

The wind has been whipping around my small riverfront town for five or six hours. We have to assume this is the edge of Sandy, once a hurricane and now a post-tropical cyclone. The photo here shows a full moon over the flooded boat ramp and parking lot of the Deep River, Connecticut town landing...

October 18, 2012
Lubbock, Texas - Scaled_IMG_0128

This grass might not look like much, but it's a special grass planted because droughts have become more frequent in western Texas. Here at the Matador Ranch, one of the many enterprises of the Koch companies, land managers took new steps after a horrible drought in 2011. They sold off half...

September 26, 2012
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Memory - 26_mystery_dam

I have been thinking this week about our thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, 25 years ago. Just had to post this photo of my husband, Nat Eddy, and me standing on the trail where it crossed a dam (can't recall which one, but it was in Virginia). We had been married for two years. About three...

September 12, 2012
Groundbreaking without realizing it - Prater couple_Ann_Weathersby_NYTimes

An incredible piece of reporting on the underreported domestic side of the economic bust. These women are about my age. I'm struck by how unaware they are of how social...

August 21, 2012
Actor's Kilimanjaro quest, etc. - 13260188

Thumbing through the latest New York Times style magazine, I stumbled upon a piece by actor Andrew McCarthy, about his climb of Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, as a test of his ability to be loyal and consistent. He leaves behind a fiancee who is planning their wedding (McCarthy...

August 10, 2012
Alaska anyone? - Cover_SF2012

The new Appalachia journal is out. Five writers tell why they went to Alaska and why they stayed or didn't. Subscribe here.

North to Alaska: One erstwhile Northeasterner’s ongoing journey toward

July 22, 2012
Somewhere new - 0722121245

I'm spending the week at a family cottage in southwestern New Hampshire, near Mount Monadnock, supposedly the second-most most climbed mountain in the world, behind Mount Fuji. Monadnock commands attention from a very wide radius around here: it's the Mount Fuji of lower elevations....

From a reader of Energy Independence - Pic from reader

I received this note from a Canadian reader of my book, Energy Independence:

"I just finished your 2009 updated version, and I must say I liked it a lot. Obvious you are a word professional, as it flows so nicely, is...

July 9, 2012
It's all fine for them. They wear ear protection. - 800px-Workers_with_leaf_blowers,_Georgia_Tech_Facilities_f

The neighborhoods now have roared to life with motorized blowers (see the photo) and hedge clippers. Many workers who use them wear ear protection. It's all fine for them, but what about the second-hand noise, the distractions everyone around these must accept? Frequent exposure to loud...

July 2, 2012
Back on the ridges, three days - Carter Range trip 2012_Hightview

Almost three weeks ago I went by myself on a three-day hiking trip in the Carter-Moriah Range of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Black flies outnumbered people. But I noticed when I dropped off the ridge, down the Rainbow Trail into the Wild River Wilderness, that wild animals know how to...

June 21, 2012

Why does a certain train line that begins with an "A" cost more the later they sell their tickets? Tonight the one-way cost for a ride from Old Saybrook, Connecticut to Boston was $39 at 8:30 p.m. I had to stop the reservation process because some dear friends had invited us to dinner...

June 4, 2012
Moody skies over Pattagansett River - scaled.DSCF6121

One good aspect of my journalist friend Judy Benson's yearly furlough from The Day, where we met when I was working there, is that we go kayaking once a year. On a Monday we left the business world behind for a half-day as we dipped the blades into the Fourmile River, Long Island Sound, and...

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