Demented by what we breathe

by Bill Schlesinger Each day we breathe more than 10 cubic meters of air—more if we are exercising—so it stands to reason that stuff in the air can enter our…

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Spirited Quartet Salonnières at Millbrook’s Music Barn

Quartet Salonnières by Antonia Shoumatoff This performance at the Music Barn on Deep Hollow Road in Millbrook, owned by Stephen and Belinda Kaye, featured the charming Quartet Salonnières, a group…

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Hi-test Pesticides

by Bill Schlesinger In the pursuit of food security and abundance for the world’s rising population, it seems we are fouling our own nest.  Pesticides are big business.  One recent…

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A Walk in Spring

by Bill Keller I skied these woods when snow was deep, learned about its slopes and shadows, the openings between the trees that were sketchpads for my double lines. Threading…

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PARTY OF PICTURES

By Thomas McGonigle          “and the party will go on for a thousand years,”  he was saying Every year in March there is a St. Patrick’s Day Party on West…

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A Midwinter Day

by Philip Brady   There were snowdrops in the graveyard today, First growth of the season, or maybe last. Nature has its own calculating way With calendar for future times…

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In Hot Water with Covid and Climate

An oft-told story in the world of climate change considers the behavior of frogs in hot water. Put a frog in a pan of hot water and it will jump…

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Shopping in Troubled Times

Go to the mall or shop on-line—a nagging question for those who want to minimize their environmental footprint. And, of course, now with the social distancing recommended to combat the…

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Three Lives at the Thorn Preserve

By the stream, a mindless bird, a drab but red-eyed vireo, spends his days warbling  ornate, candid messages. He broadcasts them into the wood, no thought of being understood. A…

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