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Thump. Thud. Something was hitting our window! It was a bright red cardinal flying at his reflected image in the glass – which he perceived to be an intruder in his territory. The bird kept it up for an hour, until I covered the window. On other occasions that spring, this cardinal attacked …

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LOS ANGELES — Kristen Bell is hosting a Nickelodeon special with a “kid’s-eye view” of the coronavirus pandemic to address youngsters’ concerns and help families weather the crisis, the channel said Friday.

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This is such a disorienting time, when all our lives have been turned upside down and shaken. One of the ways my own family is coping is by spending time outside every day. We stage nature treasure hunts in the woods behind our house. The kids work as a team, with points awarded for the numb…

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A couple of weeks ago my aunt passed away at the age of 91. Ninety-one is very old, no matter how you frame it, and she had a good, long run. She had a stroke several years ago that necessitated a move to a skilled nursing facility, but before this shock of a decade ago, her trips to the doc…

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I am hoping this is the one and only time I write about COVID-19 in my column. I was going to avoid it at all costs as it is all that fills the airwaves lately. But it has changed our lives in such dramatic ways almost overnight that I feel I must. It is bringing out the very worst in people…

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These are difficult times we are in and heading towards. By now, everyone should be practicing social distancing or maybe even self-quarantine. If things continue to trend upwards, we may even find ourselves with shelter-in-place orders as some cities and states currently are.

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In a matter of just a few days we have been thrust into a brave new world of self-reliance, self-quarantines with a multitude of worries while families huddle together in their homes for a few weeks. The experts have said that we must remember to exercise our bodies and our minds as we are q…

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March is New Hampshire Maple Month, with a weekend in the middle celebrated as New Hampshire Maple Weekend. Sugarhouses are open, sap (or water if no run) is being boiled, donuts are consumed, and the general public gets a chance to see how maple syrup is made.

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I am fascinated by bird names because they preserve our opinion of a species. Some names are pejorative, registering our low opinion. Several European species of hawk, for example, are called “buzzards,” while in the U.S. we largely reserve this appellation for vultures. The name is derived …

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We are running out of space for our garbage. I find this a horrifying and daunting. In just a matter of years, we may have very few places to send out trash for disposal. I understand the thought of incinerators is anathema to many, but I also wonder if the technology of such sites has impro…

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“Five species of warbler, Cape May, myrtle , black-throated green, blackburnian, and bay-breasted, are sometimes found together in the breeding season in relatively homogeneous mature boreal forests. These species are congeneric, have roughly similar sizes and shapes, and all are mainly inse…

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We in America have the benefit of being one of the richest countries in the world accompanied with the ability to feed ourselves well. But something is amiss in many cases. Nearly a third of adults in the U.S. are overweight but are at the same time undernourished. In many cases with our foo…

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