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    Growing pains

    A quaint village, with its bookstore and post office, its village green by the train tracks, doesn’t happen by accident. It may look like it just fell out of a snow globe, but a community that has managed to retain its character circa 2017 is in fact the product of countless hours of zoning and planning board meetings – and...

  • Un-photo of the week

    Un-photo of the week

    Please save me from one more picture of the sunset over the Moodna Creek or trumpeter swans on Washington Lake. This Sierra Club...

    • Apr 27, 2017 03:15 pm
  • Blow up your bubble

    Blow up your bubble

    We often prefer places and people we know, sidestepping the anxiety and chore of the unfamiliar. In this new political climate,...

    • Feb 24, 2017 02:27 pm
  • Where does your god live?

    Where does your god live?

    A few weeks ago, I was in a discussion, sponsored by the Warwick Historical Society, about Sacred Spaces: what they are, where...

    • Jan 4, 2017 12:13 pm
  • An extra twist of the eccentric

    An extra twist of the eccentric

    WE OFTEN LEARN about ourselves by looking at how others have put their lives together.

    It’s the stuff of basic...

    • Oct 26, 2016 10:21 am
  • You can’t go home again

    You can’t go home again

    ON A HIKE, I overheard bits of a conversation: “non-native, eradicate, alien, threatening, new laws, protect.” I...

    • Aug 31, 2016 02:52 pm
  • Radical beaver moves in, gets evicted

    Radical beaver moves in, gets evicted

    Visitors to Sugar Loaf, NY for the last three years have likely noticed that between the bypass and behind the hamlet of Sugar...

    • Jul 1, 2016 12:00 pm
  • Radical beaver moves in, gets evicted

    Radical beaver moves in, gets evicted

    Visitors to Sugar Loaf, NY for the last three years have likely noticed that between the bypass and behind the hamlet of Sugar...

    • Jul 1, 2016 12:00 pm
  • The friction of place

    The friction of place

    Wickham Woodlands are those 600 acres of new Warwick parkland which include a pristine lake, wetlands, trails and many species of...

    • Apr 29, 2016 02:36 pm
  • To build a nest

    To build a nest

    It’s quite a surprise, and an honor, to watch some special place actually get made. I saw a robin build her nest in the...

    • Mar 1, 2016 11:30 am
  • Countless crows

    Countless crows

    It may not be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but it’s as close as you get in Orange County. From late November...

    • Dec 24, 2015 11:44 am
  • Mini-mall nature

    Mini-mall nature

    There are the parks, preserves and woodlands. Hikes, trails and wetland walks. We are proud of our open spaces, viewsheds and...

    • Oct 29, 2015 04:11 pm
  • Long live the crone

    Long live the crone

    I recently had a tree taken down in my backyard. It was a big old Norway maple. It was there when we moved in 25 years ago and it...

    • Aug 20, 2015 03:00 pm
  • The colors of the cosmos

    The colors of the cosmos

    Thin Places just appear sometimes. All you have to do is be ready to see them. We notice because it’s a change, maybe a...

    • Jun 24, 2015 01:26 pm
  • Backyard archeology

    Backyard archeology

    May compels us to dig. We till, turn, mulch, plant, transplant, work in, out, under.

    • Apr 24, 2015 03:28 pm
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