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Of all the books I've read during my 43-year astronomy career, my favorite isn't even an astronomy book; it's actually the inspirational and romantic autobiography of the late amateur astronomer and comet discoverer extraordinaire Leslie Peltier.In … more
The abrupt change in weather this past week was welcomed but was it too abrupt? I suppose it depends on whether you prefer wearing woolies or wearing shorts and T-shirt. As far as plant life is concerned, I don't see any serious effect right now … more
Maybe you've already planted your tomatoes. I have not. I'm waiting until June 10. By then, even in my cold Zone 4 garden, I know there will be no more frost and the ground will be above 60 degrees. And the stars, moon and planets will be aligned … more
Jack had his beanstalk and Harvard and Yale have their ivy, but I think your mom would find clematis or climbing hydrangea to be a vine that is divine.I recall my own mother being fond of morning glory vine. Every spring she would sow seeds of … more
Look back into history and you'll find that just about every indigenous culture on Earth developed its own unique set of constellations, and many were passed down to later generations. Modern Western stargazers inherited those created primarily by … more
Before I continue, this column is in answer to Linda, who reads us in The Bennington Banner, and writes, "Please write a column about the statistics of bird deaths caused by house cats. It must rate [them] up there with glass fatalities." Let me say … more
Lawns? My philosophy is this: If it's green and you can mow it, it's a lawn. Dandelions? Who cares? Their blossoms are cheerful. Creeping Charlie, plantain? Pests, but not awful. And so on. I love a lawn with some biodiversity. But bare and thin … more
My mail boxes produced wonderful results last Monday. First, rather than all being bills, our USPS box also had the latest copy of Massachusetts Wildlife magazine's Special Issue featuring SWAP, and my email, the latest MassWildlife Monthly for May … more
Yay, I say! It's May! Even a chilly and wet week could not dampen my spirits. May has always been my favorite month. The early morning light, melodic chirping of songbirds, and steady progression of spring flowers easing into bloom summon joy and … more
May has arrived, and with it comes some beautiful evening weather to help us enjoy our night sky. This week, the full moon occurs on Wednesday, May 10, and, as the full moon always does, it will rise above the eastern horizon as the sun sets behind … more
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