Category Earthcare

Future for Maples: Not So Sweet

We are late to the late winter tradition of tapping maples for sap and then syrup. This is only our second season, after learning that you don’t have to have a sugar maples to get sweet returns for your efforts.…

The HIV of Bananas

We’d miss them–even as we complain all winter about having nothing but bananas to go on our morning cereal. But much of the world’s population relies on bananas for more than a supplement to bran flakes in the morning. Millions…

Well Nuts. Almonds at Risk

In conversation the other day, somebody told about their increasing reliance on almond flour as a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. I suggested they stock up and begin looking for alternatives. The cost of almonds is likely to spike as…

Reclaiming the Overview Effect

Some of you out there–of a certain age–may have experienced some degree of the “Overview Effect” vicariously through the astronauts of the early 70s. Some of them were permanently changed by what they saw from space. I was, too. I’d…

Coppice and Pollard

No, that is not a local law firm. Don’t call if you’ve been injured in the workplace. Or suffered whiplash. These terms refer to woodlot management practices that have fallen into disuse, as have woodlots for most Americans. Both these…

Planet, Breathing

From all human generations, we are the first to see the wind. It has propelled explorers, and hampered them. It has blended hot and cold to a more-or-less just right place for human habitation, even while it rearranges our lawn furniture;…

Debriefing: Attempt to Educate

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The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat. If you’ve ever attempted to “teach” to any audience, you know the mixed emotions that the end of class (or another presentation) brings you. Yesterday I experienced both, with perhaps a tad…

The Road Show Must Go On

So I’m soon off to Blacksburg to run the parking permit gauntlet, then actually find a slot for the Subaru in the Great Academic Ant Hill of Virginia Tech. I’ll be heading off, once parked, to McBryde Hall. I know…