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Fifty Years and Five Reasons for Hope


By Donna Sinclair A few days ago we held a garden party to celebrate our fiftieth wedding anniversary. We weeded a lot beforehand. Things looked pretty good; perennial geraniums blooming in several colours, astilbe likewise, daylilies, clematis, hosta, rudbeckia. We had invited lots of people, maybe a hundred, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come […]

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Beauty and Time


By Donna Sinclair This piece was an excerpt from The Long View. The maple is dropping tiny red blooms on the deck and the tulips are opening too fast. The shady side yard is a sea of white trilliums and I panic slightly whenever I walk through it. (Do not pick the provincial flower. Big […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! ENVIRONMENT Save the bees with seed bombs A California company is using seed bombs as a strategy to fight the disappearance of bees. Ei Ei Khin and Chris Burley started Seedles with the aim of spreading bee-friendly wildflowers […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! NEWS You could adopt the kittens who shut down the New York subway The mischievous kitties who shut down a stretch of the B and Q lines in Brooklyn yesterday were finally captured, hours after MTA officials […]

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What We Read This Week


Here’s what caught our eye this week! NATURE 15 Photos Celebrating National Wildflower Week It is around this time of year each year that many places across the world experience something incredible: the bloom of colorful wildflowers…Read Full Article From Treehugger ENVIRONMENT Snow In May? The Nation’s Midsection Bundles Up The National Weather Service issued […]

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A Note From Ralph Milton


Our new neighbors next door planted a flower garden in the spring. Their flowers grew, but so did the “volunteer” sunflowers that our previous neighbors had planted the year before. And now we glory in their ecstatic, erotic effulgence. So also do the bees and flies and butterflies and bugs, that farm these flowers. More […]

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A Note From Ralph Milton


Our theme for today is mushrooms. Or toadstools. Is there a difference? It was a small, lonely red specimen sitting in the middle of our lawn, unaware that a tall, old man with a very big lawnmower would soon chop it into smithereens. So I picked it carefully, brought it in the house, and placed […]

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Berries

What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! FOOD 44 Healthiest, Cheapest Fruits and Vegetables Environmental Working Group (EWG), has done it again with the publication of their latest list, Good Food on a Tight Budget. The group known for its cosmetics’ toxins database and […]

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A family plants a tree

A Real Celebration of Earth Day


by Donna Sinclair In my own small way, I love to care for Mother Earth. Today I worked in my still-almost-bare front garden, pulling grass (where does it come from?) ignoring passing cars, envisioning summer. The lupines are just poking through, and the daylilies show their green tips everywhere. Soon the Oriental poppies will blast […]

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Holy Moments


by Donna Sinclair I got these beans at the seed exchange. “Crossbred Romano Bean” is written on the old envelope containing them. “MUST BE SUPPORTED” in large letters, followed by “very good.” I talked to the grower later. “Tall growing,” she added, along with fervent good wishes. The best beans she has ever grown. Eat […]

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