Size comparison of Earth and Mars (NASA)

Don’t miss Mars

For the next two weeks, Mars hovers at its closest to us. It’s sort of a big deal. While Venus can come closer, and Jupiter’s more intriguing, Mars is the most Earthlike world…

Cicada damage (photo by Lee Reich)

For the shear fun of it

Are the 6,000 acres of forest preserve behind my farmden mocking me? Almost every day, weather permitting, I grab pruning shears, a lopper and a pruning saw, and head outdoors to snip, lop…

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


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…

Detail from the cover of The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Keeper of the chronicles: Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s letters discussed in Hyde Park

On Thursday, April 3, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum’s Henry A. Wallace Center in Hyde Park will continue its ever-impressive series of author talks by hosting third-generation historian Stephen C….

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…

Farmer Ryan Fitzgerald will discuss the basics of raising backyard chickens this Saturday, March 29,  at the Sustainable Living Fest at High Meadow School in Stone Ridge. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Sustainable Living Fest this Saturday in Stone Ridge

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Sustainable Living Fest, the High Meadow School in Stone Ridge is bringing back the event on Saturday, March 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. The 2014…

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…

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Almanac Weekly’s spring run calendar

March 22 10 a.m.: 2014 Run for the Gold 5K. Village of Montgomery. $30/registration, $20/15 and under. For more information, e-mail acon0876@yahoo.com or erinsherry23@gmail.com. 10 a.m.: St Patrick’s Day/Sprint Thaw 5K. Course layout…

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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  …

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