Category Archives: New England

Earth Day 2011: Trees and Other Necessities

White-throated sparrows are singing in cold, blustery Petersham. Back  in Oklahoma that   would have announced the onset of winter.  Here in the north it ostensibly heralds spring, which at this point is a mere promise; I’m still dressed in down … Continue reading

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A Story Set in Stone

I spent almost all of Sunday drawing a single-boulder slab quarry.  My project here in Harvard Forest is to make drawings of certain things, namely, the abandoned ruins of early New England settlement being reclaimed by nature. Nature tends to … Continue reading

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New England Hearth-Warming

I’m sitting beside a crackling blaze in our Petersham parlor, enjoying the warmth and comfort of one of the three fireplaces in our four room apartment (we’re just using one fireplace. Not to worry). In the 18th century when Higginson … Continue reading

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Returning to the Source

Packing, shipping, tying up loose ends, picking out road tunes, briefing the house-sitter, getting the car serviced. This time next week we’ll be on the road eastward,  perhaps already turning north, heading back to Harvard Forest where old friends and … Continue reading

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The Ghosts in the Forest

Overgrown and hidden deep in the New England woods-housing chipmunks and foxes- are root-tangled foundations, stacked-stone walls, and single-boulder quarries. The New England woods are full of ruins- relics of a people long gone by; a haunting and lovely sight. … Continue reading

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Just Getting Warmed Up Over Here

It’s been a cold and snowy week over here. A blizzard swept in last Tuesday and dropped snow on the prairie, but the biggest drop by far was the temperature; I woke to the local NPR announcer saying with near-glee … Continue reading

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Some of My Favorite Places on Earth

This morning’s spectacular Moon-Venus occultation was a splendid kick-off to this year’s Earth Day. I didn’t see the actual event itself (not knowing about it until afterwards, drat it) but stepped, awestruck, outside in the dark to admire the close … Continue reading

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