Environment

Walking in the Woods

Walking in the Woods

Walking in the woods with my sister Debi. Something we both look forward to all year round.  Serene, peaceful. Take a few moments to walk with us and leave all your worries behind. See more pictures.

DNA Profiling. Not the Criminal Kind

DNA Profiling. Not the Criminal Kind

You know how law enforcement agencies often use a database of DNA profiles to identify crime suspects? Well, scientists are also building a DNA database of all the different species of plants and animals around the world. If you’re interested, you might be able to help them out this summer — and get to spend some time in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. Read more.

Earth Day 2013: How to get rid of e-waste

Earth Day 2013: How to get rid of e-waste

 

The Atwood family has a hard time getting rid of stuff. We still have our first computer — an iMac Plus. Yes, we are loyal Apple fans. We took our daughters to DC during April vacation back in the 90s and our computer was already on display in the Smithsonian. By then we’d moved up to a newer version. We still have them both. We also still have the computers we bought the girls when they were in high school — they’ve long since graduated from college. We have them all, mostly because we didn’t know what to do with them. We just put them away with all the other things we’ve accumulated over the years. (Did you notice that container of doll stuff under the computer? It’s full!) Out of sight, out of mind.

University of Maine offering "The Edible Landscape"

University of Maine offering "The Edible Landscape"

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has announced that The Edible Landscape will be held on August 21 at Rogers Farm, Bennoch Road, Stillwater at 6pm.  Many landscape plants are edible ... but how many burdock roots and chokecherries will you really eat? Dr. Lois Berg Stack, UMaine Cooperative Extension Ornamental Specialist, will talk about edible landscapes for real gardeners: plants that add beauty to the landscape and provide food for the table; and how to balance food, beauty and labor in the context of your gardening and cooking activities. This program is free and no registration is required.  Rain or shine.  For more information or to request special accommodations please call Kate Garland at 207-942-7396 or within Maine at 1-800-287-1485. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.

Beware of Bears!

Beware of Bears!

We took a little camping trip to the White Mountain National Forest.  WONDERFUL trip... but the warnings about bears were everywhere!  Just a little bit scary!

I brought along Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.  What a great read.  I laughed til I was crying, but I also lamented, along with Bryson, the fragility of our wilderness and the ways that American life have removed us so much from, well, nature.

And now I notice Appalachian Trail stuff everywhere - Bill Green's "Green Outdoors" story tonight is about the AT, and this past weekend the AT celebrated its 75th birthday!  So timely!  READ MORE

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

I like post-apocalyptic fiction.  At least in theory.

Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel is The Age of Miracles, in which the Earth’s rotation slows down... a lot. Little do we realize that all life is dependent on that consistent 24-hour day. At 26 hours it’s disruptive but not awful; at 46 hours, it’s quite a lot worse. When the day is 60 hours long… and longer… it is toxic to all life on Earth. The unrelenting daylight is toxic, and so is the darkness.

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