Tag: winter

Jan 13

Old Friends

A few months before the holidays, I made plans to meet-up with a few old friends for dinner. For many people the holiday season is usually too busy with family and sometimes work related celebrations, so we set the date for early in the new year. My old childhood pal, Quinn, with whom I share …

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Jan 07

The night sky in winter.

The night sky in winter seems more majestic than any other time of year. On a clear winter night, if you can stand the cold, it is a great time to get out and look up! Follow this link to read about what’s up in the night skies of January. Here is a lesser known …

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Jan 06

Bitter cold start to the new year.

  This first week of the new year has been quite cold. We’ve had sub-freezing temperatures for more than a week and a bit of snow. The snow was mostly blown into drifts, as the winds were intense for several days in a row. Wind combined with very cold temperatures pose serious risk to …

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Dec 30

Out With the Old…

As the New Year approaches, it’s time to reflect on the past 12 months and hopefully something can be learned from the experience. It is also a good time to lay plans for the coming year’s goals and activities. What are your goals for 2018? Do you have plans to travel? How about new …

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Dec 10

2017 – End of the Year Review

  This year’s travels — Early in the year – Atlanta, I enjoyed the time with young Mr. Pi, though I did catch a nasty bug on that trip.   Jinan in Springtime, as always it was great to meet with so many of my friends and students.     In conjunction with the Jinan visit, …

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Nov 29

Sunset doesn’t last all evening.

Long ago, before Heavy Metal, Punk Rock and all the rest of the cacophony out there today…. There was a band called the Beatles. They came from England and they had a profound impact on the world music scene. Their sound was new, fresh and innovative… it was different than anything that had come before. …

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Mar 16

Springtime in the Poconos

Springtime also known as the Vernal Equinox does not officially arrive until Monday, March 20th at 4:30 PM EDT.   The end of the winter season and particularly the month of March in my region is unpredictable as it relates to the weather. We had an unusually mild February. Unusual because February is most often …

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Mar 08

Making Stew

The fundamentals of making stew are easy and when properly executed the final dish is rich, savory and well suited to cold nights of autumn and winter. Stews can be served over rice or noodles or with a crusty bread. Their consistency can be thick from the natural starch of potatoes in the recipe or …

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Feb 19

The Great Backyard Bird Count

This weekend in my part of the world we experienced some unseasonably mild temperatures and a couple of exceptionally sunny, warm and pleasant days. Daytime highs hit 60F (15.5C) with a light breeze and full sunshine it is my favorite type of weather. Not too hot and not too cold. In this region of the …

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Jan 08

Fasting for Health

Over the past few years I’ve noticed that my metabolism has slowed down. For most people this is common as we grow older. It becomes more and more difficult to keep off the extra weight. This is especially true during the winter months, when the colder weather keeps us from getting outside and actively burning …

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