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by Margaret Hartley


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Ideas on greener living

Hand-fed animals friendly — and have minds of their own

We like to hand feed and handle the animals as much as possible, to keep them tame and friendly. We talk to them a lot too, and are convinced that the more they hear, the more they understand.

Icy yards, tropical greenhouses: I’m waiting for the thaw

I swear, as soon as that skating rink on my vegetable garden melts, I’m planting my peas.

Saving the world, one bean, one frying pan at a time

Useful things that last a hundred years — that’s way better than trying to figure out how to recycle stuff that breaks.

Winter's too confusing. Bring on spring

Onions in the windows! The planting season has begun.

Fuel prices drop, but use of alternatives still rising

In the past couple of weeks, oil dropped to its lowest level in 12 years. And despite the price drop, use of alternative fuels keeps growing, and that’s encouraging.

Have we reached "peak stuff?"

"Peak stuff" is not a new term, but it’s pretty apt for a typical Western lifestyle, with our basements and attics stuffed with perfectly good stuff we have no daily need for.

Clear skies, planetary lineup make for great show

If the forecasts were correct, there should be more snow right now than cities south of us know how to handle, and no new snow here after a weekend nor’easter missed us. Our sparse snow means our local full-moon ski events — including one planned for yesterday at Wilton Wildlife ...

Children pay the price when water is unsafe

The cost of making Flint’s water clean will be high, but finite. The cost to Flint’s children — and their parents and children — is unknown. But it’s way too high.

Despite temporary thaw, it might finally be winter

My son and I were happy that winter finally began. The household Floridian was not happy, but plenty of others were.

New Year is time for fresh start, real or symbolic

The New Year is symbolic, and I guess that’s why we aim to start it right.

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