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This is the darkest time of the year: not only are the days short, clouds obscure the sun much of the time. Many of us find the gloom oppressive, especially when there is neither enough snow to ski, nor ice to skate on. And for gardeners, there is little we can (or wish to) do outside. So, w…

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If you have ever heard the words, “There’s no accounting for taste,” muttered in your presence, the speaker was probably intending an insult. But not to worry, the expression simply means that it is impossible to explain why different people like different things, especially those things tha…

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The dickcissel (Spiza americana) is one of those sparrow-like open-country birds that used to be more widespread in the Northeast. Clearance of the deciduous woodlands of eastern North America by European settlers began, of course, as soon as they got here in numbers in the early 17th centur…

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