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October brings bittersweet memories

Thursday, October 7, 2010

“If you want a happy ending, it depends on where you stop your story.” — Orson Welles By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy Columnist The steel gray skies of autumn have most definitely arrived with the turn of the October calendar. The once-green fields of endless soybeans of early September slowly turned golden, and now […]

A pond is not always just a pond

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Since the earliest civilizations, societies have wrestled with a love/hate relationship with the “almighty agua.” We are no exception. In countless ways, we are absolutely dependent on this magical and ever-changing substance. Water fills our cells, flows through our veins and in short, enables us to live. Yet water can also bring us severe hardship, […]

Forensic ornithology is an interesting science

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I made a new friend last weekend at the annual Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) Fall Birding Festival. Marcy Heacker and I spoke to the group on Saturday evening. Marcy works at the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Birds where she identifies feather fragments as a forensic ornithologist at the Feather Identification Laboratory. Usually her work involves bird […]

The history of the Nixon & Co. of Alliance, Ohio

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The other day my friend, Ed Brenner, asked if I knew anything about a Nixon Co. from Alliance, Ohio. I confessed that I didn’t and Ed told me that he’d recently viewed a large collection of cast iron implement seats, among which was one with “Nixon & Co.” and “Alliance, Ohio,” cast into it. Not […]

Looking to ‘lots of good years ahead…’

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Such a dear letter in response to my column about being temporarily “out of order” and finally back on schedule feeling much better than before. The handwriting was exquisite. The name was not familiar, as the writer was from Kent, and I’ll not use her name since I don’t have her permission. But she certainly […]

Things that nag in the night

Thursday, October 7, 2010

As we head into the heart of the haunting season, I have a confession to make. As if my life weren’t colorful enough, I live in a haunted house. I know you’re jealous. Our house is 106 years old. Everyone knows that any building more than 100 years old is required, by after-life law, to […]

The old gray mare has loped

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be. You know the one — she galloped in and got you all excited about how fast she was, then ran out of steam. No, she looks like a nag you were a fool to bet the farm on. She looked like Secretariat’s great-granddaughter, but […]

On the road to France, where buckets of butter and veal fill their stomachs

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

When the lovely Catherine and I travel, we often follow a plan that is purposely vague. Sure, we know where we’re going, but the route we drive, fly or canoe to reach it often could be described as “north out of Des Moines” or “turn right at Amarillo.” This year’s big adventure, however, defied footloose: […]

Goldenrod unfairly fingered as allergy culprit

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Though most wildflowers have faded by late September, goldenrod is just taking center stage. More than 100 species of goldenrod (genus Solidago) brighten North American meadows in late summer and early fall. They are the bright yellow flowers that turn open fields into seas of gold. My hayfield came into full bloom about a week […]

Too much of a good thing?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

One of the prides of my life is being complimented with the opinion that I take really great photos. I credit this to a few things. I have loved photography since forever. Not the technical aspect of it so much because ugh, math, work, pass. I have just always loved the aspect of capturing a […]

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