Category Archives: Environment

Water, air, land quality; preservation and protection of natural resources

Beetle Mania

“We are infested with ladybugs, thousands, all over the house outside, coming in through every crack!” It was a text message from my daughter. Naturally, it was at a time when I was so busy at the office I could … Continue reading

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Bringing In Fall

Are you in the mood for fall yet? I begin to start thinking autumn when the leaves need to be raked, and the days get a little nippy. It is “sweater weather.” Soon it will be time for cleaning out … Continue reading

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Old Sol Interview

With the recent heat wave and all the concern about beating the heat, we decided to go to the source and interview the deity in charge of heat – Old Sol himself. 1. What sort of job do you have, … Continue reading

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Plight of the Firefly

The Analytical Luminescent Lab in Baltimore put out a bounty on fireflies. Yes, it’s true. They are buying bug scalps. Well, okay, it isn’t the scalp they are interested in. It’s the opposite part – the flasher. While entomologists (big … Continue reading

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Tree Hugging

  Probably most people remember a tree that was important to them in some way, either in childhood, or because of some special event in life. My special tree was a walnut tree in the yard of the house I … Continue reading

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It’s a Dirty Business

It seemed like a good idea when we bought our home in a distant suburb. Plenty of space, no rubbing elbows with neighbors, peace and quiet, fresh country air. That was before I found out about septic tanks. I’ve been … Continue reading

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The Lightning Bugs

Firefly season is here. Every year about May or June, people start looking for information on fireflies, or “lightning bugs” as we commonly call them here in the South. What it is about fireflies that seems to capture the imagination … Continue reading

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A Day at the Park

Oh, look, squirrels! Aren’t they cute? City dwellers don’t see a lot of wildlife, so even the sight of so mundane a creature as a gray squirrel in a city park is reason for a mild excitement of sorts. They … Continue reading

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I Might Be a Redneck

Do you have junk around the house that you want to get rid of? Does the trash man refuse to take it because it is too big to fit in the trashcan? Since I am probably one of the few … Continue reading

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