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Wishful Thinking

“Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.” ~Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada as translated by Eknath Easwaran I’ve never been one to be dissatisfied with the season at hand. What’s the point? I’ll put my energies to more productive activities, or like Moses napping below,

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Daily Photo: Bella’s New Obsession

Squirrel. Squirrel for a snack. Squirrel for dinner. Squirrel for breakfast. Bella sits transfixed, barely breathing, making plans, figures there are enough squirrels out there to feed the family for quite some time. How to get them… We don’t dislike squirrels, we just know that’s what Bella has on her

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: It’s the Great Backyard Bird Count!

IT’S THE WEEKEND for the Great Backyard Bird Count, one of the largest citizen-science projects for species tracking in the country! If, as I am, you are concerned about all the articles citing declining songbird species and putting the blame on cats in general, especially stray and feral cats, this is

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Join in the Christmas Bird Count

AS PART OF maintaining our Backyard Wildlife Habitats we widen our scope to the urban, suburban and rural areas around us to count birds as part of another citizen-science project, initiated in 1900 in response to an annual sporting hunt that slaughtered game birds and songbirds alike as well as

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Marketplace: On the Wild Side

Something about bright autumn days and the colorful woods makes me think more of wildlife than other times of the year. I see more animals at this time of the year as all are migrating or scurrying around getting ready for winter, though it’s generally the winter season where I

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September 28 is World Rabies Day

It’s not so long ago that rabid animals, especially roaming dogs because they were pets who came into the home and were part of everyday life with humans, presented a great health peril in this country from infection with rabies. Many people died from the disease before treatment was available—a

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Daily Photo: And Then There Was This

This afternoon while working at my desk downstairs I saw the front porch light, set with a motion sensor, come on in the middle of the afternoon. Not too much sun comes in between the big spruce and the maple tree, and if it’s cloudy it’s possible it’s dark enough

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Daily Photo: An Unexpected Visitor

Some people may be laughing very hard right now that I was surprised to find a deer in my back yard, considering they seem to be everywhere as we’ve taken over their habitat and they find our landscaping more than edible. But in the 25 years I’ve been here I’ve

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Why Dandelions Are Essential

I POSTED THIS on my photo blog Today two weeks ago and it had a wonderful reception from readers. It occurred to me that the information here also applies to managing your backyard wildlife habitat as well as “Living Green With Pets” while keeping your yard healthy and pest-reduced without

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Begin in Spring to Control Fleas

FLEAS, LIKE MOST OTHER INSECTS, live everywhere around us and it’s how we manage our surroundings that helps to control their populations. Like managing mosquitoes, for instance, by eliminating still pools of water where they can breed, you can also manage the flea population around your yard without the use

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