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Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921 (photo by Ferdinand Schmutzer)

Spacetime

First, be sure to check out Mars this week. It has just gotten extremely bright, obvious and pale orange, while retrograding to hover now just above the blue star Spica in Virgo. Their…

Sweet fern seeds (photo by Lee Reich)

Sweet fern is easier to grow from rhizomes than from seeds

Did the cheery-looking box of Mickey Mouse adhesive bandages that my friend Bill handed me actually contain adhesive bandages? No. Instead, fuzzy green buds spilled out. An illicit drug? No again. Those “buds” were sweet…

Hetta glögg

Chug a glögg

Do you want to try a different kind of tipple? Rhinecliff’s own Hetta, released in November, offers a versatile new/old beverage with a modern spin on it. Either warmed, while the chill yet…

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Kids’ Almanac (March 27-April 3)

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” – Colette   I would love to hear your family’s antics for April Fools’ Day! This April 1, I’m doing a one-two breakfast…

Lee, dispensing oil (photo by Lee Reich)

Full scale warfare

Over the past few weeks, excitement was steadily mounting on the windowsill. First came the stalk that poked up from the bases of whorls of leathery leaves. Then, buds started fattening up along…

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Are you feeling blocked?

By now, even the mass media will have reported that the other night – Wednesday night at 2:06 a.m. – the bright star Regulus in Leo was eclipsed by an asteroid. This occultation…

Inside Another Fork in Milan (photo by Mike Moran)

Another Fork in Milan offers gourmet fare in a relaxed setting

The wildly imaginative fare of chef Jamie Parry might tease your tastebuds with a dish like salmon with chamomile broth, golden beets, baby artichokes and Ligurian olive oil ($24). Not afraid to use…

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Kids’ Almanac (Mar. 20-27)

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens  …

Rose geranium cuttings (photo by Lee Reich)

Propagating what you prune

I have to admit a certain addiction for propagating plants. You would think that, what with sowing cabbage and Brussels sprouts seeds for transplants last week, starting tomato transplants in early April, grafting…

Woodstock’s Mescal Hornbeck Community Center on Rock City Road (photo by Dion Ogust)

March: Quick-change month

March – the only month that is also a verb – implies action. This year it overachieves, with snappy animation during the next few weeks. Consider: March brings the year’s fastest sunlight gain,…

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