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Acorns and Other Stuff for the Long Weekend


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Acorns Last year at this time I was wondering where all the acorns went.  So was almost everybody from Maryland to Nova Scotia, and out to the Midwest. This year, I’m almost glad to say, they’re back.  In full force.  More than full force.  We’re being carpet-bombed.  Drive down into the […]

Vilsack continues sales pitch for cap-and-trade as administration’s ‘Rural Tour’ nears an end


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By Al Cross   At the next-to-last scheduled forum on the Obama administration’s Rural Tour, no one mentioned the cap-and-trade bill aimed at limiting climate change — until Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who is making all the tour’s stops, brought it up in a briefing with reporters after a community forum at the Scottsbluff National […]

Mud Time


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: becklectic / flickr “The problem with mud season,” writes Beth Daley in the Sunday, April 19, Boston Globe, ” is not just that it exists, but that there is more of it.” New England winters have warmed on average more than 4 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 40 years, allowing […]

I Told You So


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson photo: brianilona/flickr Last July, writing here about global warming, I said our growing season has lengthened by about two weeks on either end since we came to Western Massachusetts.  I wrote When we moved here in 1985, people who learned we were here to raise sheep and chickens and grow vegetables […]


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