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I've spent more than three fun decades working in some of the great planetariums of our nation, and as springtime approaches each year, I always think back to those great school field trips to Philadelphia's Fels Planetarium.These exposed me to a … more
Winter may not be the most aerobic season for a gardener, but the index finger gets a good workout as the catalogues arrive in the mail. They're irresistible to flip through, with their bright colors and extravagant claims of flavor and bounty.There … more
It's amazing how stargazing often takes me back to my childhood, when I first gazed upon the night sky with wonder. more
The period Mark Twain dubbed "the Gilded Age" was one of extreme wealth and ostentation, of robber barons amassing great fortunes, of glaring chasms between rich and poor. more
It is always exciting to see something new, and if it moves with the alacrity of a gray squirrel, and looks like a gray squirrel except for its color, then is it a gray squirrel even if it is black? more
Among the stars of the night sky lie constellations that derive from real and imaginary people, animals and objects, but rarely can anyone trace the images they represent. Take, for example, the flying steed known as Pegasus. I defy anyone to look … more
Q: I am retired, and somewhat new at bird watching (and not that much better with a computer). I wonder if there is a good Internet source to learn about birds seen in the Green Mountains. — Helen, Vermont visitor more
Washington's birthday is a good time to think about cherry trees. But rather than questioning whether George really chopped down the tree and then admitted to it, I find myself wondering what kind of a cherry it could have been.(The story, … more
It was during the early years of the 17th century that the Italian astronomer Galileo turned his new optic tube skyward.Many people believe that Galileo invented the telescope, but this just isn't so. The optical tool most likely came from Holland … more
Q: Your column on last Sunday uses the term "red-bellied" nuthatches. My Peterson guide uses the term "red-breasted." — Joe, RoxanneA: My mistake. I was watching a red-bellied woodpecker at our suet feeder outside my office window as I was … more
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