The Battle Of Blair Mountain: Still Fighting

When it comes to battlefields, we all know Bunker Hill, Lexington and Concord, Gettysburg, Ft. Sumter, and more recently, Pearl Harbor and Ground Zero. But there’s a much lesser-known historical battle site that’s right in our backyard, and its tale is as...

Heat: It’s Nothing New

So I was sauteing chicken on the driveway yesterday when one of my kids comes around the corner from the deck where he’s smacking wasp nests out of the grill and he says to me, “Mom, I think it’s the hottest day that’s ever been.” I was...
Food Fight: The Victory Garden

Food Fight: The Victory Garden

It’s easy to draw parallels between today and the 1930’s, given the Great Depression/Recession, and the fact that much of our infrastructure–built as part of an effort during the big Depression-Era push to get Americans working–is now reaching...

Me and Murphy: A Tale of Solar Ovens

I admit it. It is I who is responsible for all the severe weather most of the country’s been experiencing. I’m sure of it. See, the kids and I have been working on making a solar oven. Solar ovens are not difficult to make. In fact, anybody with a box and...
A World Without Gas

A World Without Gas

A hundred million years ago, something died. Actually, a lot of somethings died. After they died, rocks fell on them, and more rocks fell on those rocks. Eventually, all those rocks created enough pressure and, along with the heat of the dead things decaying, this...

The New Green and The Old “Make-Do”

In spite of the increase in visibility over recent years, the “Green” movement has been chugging along for decades. Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s environmental classic, “Silent Spring,” in which Carson raised...

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