It's a King Tide Party and You're Invited

It's a King Tide Party and You're Invited

In my 2D Design class, we've learned about more than creating good design. We also learned something about nature's designs and the impact we humans can have when we try to intervene.

Our professor, Jan Piribeck, is involved in the Envisioning Change project, which aims to visualize sea level change in Portland and the Casco Bay region over about a 200- year period — from 1900 to 2100. Read more ...

The middle ground of "Green"

The middle ground of "Green"

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I try to live lightly on the earth, minimizing my carbon footprint, and by extension that of my family.


Yes, I know, I'm kind of a zealot.  


The Difference Between West Nile Virus and EEE

The Difference Between West Nile Virus and EEE


Maine health officials have confirmed that a pool of mosquitos collected on July 16 in the town of Alfred tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). A health alert issued by the Maine Center for Disease Control states that, "This is the earliest in the season that Maine has identified EEE, previously the earliest detection was in the beginning of August." Read more ...

Find Sunburn Relief in Your Kitchen

Find Sunburn Relief in Your Kitchen
Best advice — don’t get a sunburn.

If you didn’t follow my best advice and are suffering from a mild to moderate sunburn, relief could be as close as your kitchen. Try one of these home remedies. Read more ...

Seed saving and plant propagation

Join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at Rogers Farm on July 23rd for Seed Saving and Plant Propagation at 6PM.
Laura Budde, Food Corps Maine Fellow, will discuss the art and science behind saving seeds and Kate Garland will demonstrate how to propagate certain shrubs by taking cuttings.
No reservation is needed and the event will be held rain or shine.
Visit the garden any Tuesday evening from 5:30 – 6:30PM June through August. Meet the Master Gardeners who make the magic happen at Rogers Farm! Bring your questions and expand your garden knowledge.
The next summer event will be held on August 20th for the 3rd annual Art in the Garden at 6PM.
For more information or to request a disability accommodation (please allow two weeks for a disability request), call 207.942.7396.
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UMaine Students Share Perspective of Preservation

Many Mainers earn their livelihoods from harvesting bounty — including blueberries and lobsters — from the land and sea.

And Samuel Belknap and Kourtney Collum, the first students to enroll in the University of Maine's new anthropology and environmental policy doctoral program, want to preserve those storied traditions, as well as the state's natural resources.

Belknap and Collum say the doctorate program, which focuses on “understanding human society and culture in cross-cultural perspective and their pivotal role in implementing successful environmental policy,” is an ideal fit for their interests.

“It is so applicable and has an interdisciplinary framework,” says Collum. “I can look at issues holistically.”

Collum favors a multifaceted approach. She double-majored in anthropology and environmental studies at Western Michigan University, and earned her master's in forest resources at UMaine.

Tips on Controlling Asthma

Tips on Controlling Asthma

Did you know that every year more people develop asthma? Or that Maine is on the top ten list of number of adults with asthma? More than 100,000 adults in Maine have asthma and more than 22,000 children.

Years ago, an allergist explained to me that trying to breathe during an asthma episode is like trying to breathe through a straw when the end has been pinched shut. That image stuck. Read more ...