Lose power much?

Lose power much? We seem to lose power a lot more here than when we lived in upstate New York.  We seem to have lost power routinely several times a year since we moved here nearly 20 years ago. Twice I remember losing power in upstate NY during the 30 years we lived there, once, […]

What’s up with our oceans?

What is happening to our ocean?  I never recall these weird changes with the ocean when we were younger, do you?  Were we missing something? Let’s look at what we all know is happening. We’ve heard a lot of talk about sea level rise. Portland has seen some of its streets near the Old Port […]

Banned from the game?

Roundup and its main ingredient, glyphosate now have yet another strike against them. You would think this stuff would be out of the game by now, but Roundup is still the most used product of its kind in America and in the world. The newest strike? Roundup can severely impair your immune system, brain function […]

Did the winter cold kill the bugs?

Remember that cold snap? Those week long Arctic temperatures when it was below zero and a ‘warm up’ was 12 or 13?  How could you forget it? Were you one of the unlucky ones who lost power and had no way to keep warm? You might think little good could come out of those long […]

Are we turning into plastic people?

Did you ever stop to realize how many products in your house now come in plastic?  I realized this when I saw that a lot of what I haul to the transfer station to recycle is plastic. Look in our fridge and you’d see a plastic V-8 bottle, jam bottle, yogurt containers, lettuce containers, a […]

Should you or shouldn’t you?

Here is something you might have missed while celebrating the New Year.  Did you know that Maine garden centers can no longer sell plants that are considered to be invasive here? So what are these  invasive plants you can’t buy anymore? We finally found the list after some wandering around on maine.gov; that website is […]

Beat the winter this week!

Here’s a way to beat the winter this week. If you have a big garden, own some woods, grow vegetables and flowers that you sell at a farmers’ market, or just like to garden, then you might want to drop by the 2018 Maine State Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta at the Civic Center starting Tuesday, […]

Start from where you are

The end of another year and I reflect on what we have done this past year, especially what we have done for others. I know one of the greatest gifts we can give our children and those we love and everyone, for that matter, is to leave the Earth as free from our own trash […]

A Maine Christmas the way life used to be

What was Christmas like in Maine years ago when few had electricity?  Were Maine Christmas celebrations different back then? Robert Tristan Coffin, Maine Pulitzer Prize winning poet, looked back on his boyhood Christmases around 1900 when every aunt, uncle, cousin, his brothers and sisters celebrated Christmas at his family’s saltwater Harpswell farm. They cut their […]

A family present for spring, summer and fall

Want an offbeat gift that will make your life and your family’s easier next spring, summer and fall? Then you might want to think about this. If your neighbors use a lawn or garden service, you may want to know what is being sprayed or dumped on their lawns and gardens and when that’s going […]