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Shelley Pederson: Gardening can be great stress reliever during strange times

“We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, and the light moves.” ... Read more

4 days ago by Submitted.

Al Batt: How old was the oldest duck you’ve ever seen?

My neighbor Crandall stops by. “How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. I bought a new garden hose. I buy a new one every year.” “Why ... Read more

4 days ago by Al Batt.

Shelley Pederson: Being out in the great outdoors is not canceled

‘Awake, thou wintry earth — Fling off thy sadness!’ — Thomas Blackburn Spring fever anyone? The good news is gardening is not canceled. The bad news ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Submitted.

Al Batt: Why didn’t Ben Franklin want eagle for U.S. emblem?

My neighbor Crandall stops by. “How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. I had a tough year today. I’m going to stop playing cards ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Al Batt.

Al Batt: Is there a most recognizable bird in the world? If so, what is it?

My neighbor Crandall stops by. “How are you doing?” I ask. “I’m a dollar or two ahead, so I put a down payment on a free lunch. ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Al Batt.

Shelley Pederson: Finally, it is the month of spring

“March is a month of considerable frustration — it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

Al Batt: Why are they called cedar waxwings? Do bluebirds mate for life?

My neighbor Crandall stops by. “How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. I’m still waiting to see if my morning coffee intake uses its ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Al Batt.

Al Batt: How did myth of hummingbirds migrating on backs of geese start?

My neighbor Crandall stops by. “How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. I’ll remember your birthday this year because it falls on garbage day. ... Read more

1 month ago by Al Batt.

Bev Jackson Cotter: I still believe snow is beautiful, even now

Do I dare write a column about how beautiful snow is? I know that some of you are already grumbling, what does she mean beautiful? Doesn’t ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Shelley Pederson: Bee is for bee balm, a beautiful pollinator plant

I love to watch the little bee, Long before the winter cold. She pounces on each petal, Like a hunter, quick and bold. Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

Al Batt: The different owls that can be found at Sax-Zim Bog in Minnesota

My neighbor Crandall stops by. “How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. All my life I wanted fame and fortune. I’ve given up on ... Read more

1 month ago by Al Batt.

Al Batt: Why do dogs want to turn around in circles before they lay down?

My neighbor Crandall stops by. “How are you doing?” I ask. Read more

2 months ago by Al Batt.

Al Batt: Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but will nest in weakened material

My neighbor Crandall stops by. “How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. I’m already suffering from election fatigue. I’ve stopped watching reality TV shows. ... Read more

2 months ago by Al Batt.

Shelley Pederson: Hang in there, spring is coming

In my mind, clematis climbs, And morning glories do entwine. Woodland phlox and scarlet pinks, Replace the frost, if I just blink. Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

Al Batt: It’s hard to find owls because they are excellent at blending in

My neighbor Crandall stops by. “How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. I’ve come to the realization that the only way I’m ever going ... Read more

2 months ago by Al Batt.

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