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 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    August 7, 2014

August: All about abundance

August is all about abundance. I know I’ll soon be seeing tons of photos on Facebook of the bounty coming from people’s gardens. I wish I could post some of the same, but I am not a dedicated...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    June 5, 2014

Listen to night's amphibious song

There are duels in the dark and the adversaries are trying to out-sing one another — a much more civilized form of settling differences than that practiced by human males in times past. The players...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    April 3, 2014

April 22 marks 44th anniversary of Earth Day

On April 22 we will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. But what does that mean? An entire generation has been born and grown to adulthood since that day, and to them it may be a bit of...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    February 6, 2014

Birds know when spring is coming

Pity the poor groundhog. All the hopes of the winter weary are pinned on this lowly rodent to tell them winter will end sooner than later. The groundhog, alternatively known as a woodchuck, is in the...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    January 16, 2014

Silver lining to cold temps

It’s been nearly 20 years since we have faced this kind of extended cold weather. And I don’t ever recall it being compared with the temperature on the surface of Mars, but apparently there are...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    December 5, 2013

Take time to appreciate trees

We travel to see the world anew. And we don’t have to travel all that far to be impressed by living things we encounter. For the Thanksgiving holiday we went to Iowa City where my mom lives, 375...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    October 3, 2013

Celebrating a long-awaited apple

There is an apple sitting on our dining room table in a place of prominence, almost like a piece of art. This is a very special apple and I am treating it as such. Five years ago I planted six honeycr...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    August 1, 2013

Observations of magnificent tadpole life

I have not been able to maintain our little pond this summer as I’d hoped. First, it was the chilly spring weather, and then it was just trying to get flowers potted for the deck and weeding all...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    July 11, 2013

Recognize importance of trees

I am a tree hugger — literally and philosophically. Maybe it began in grade school after having to memorize the poem "Trees," by Joyce Kilmer. It begins, “I think that I shall never see; A poem...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    June 6, 2013

Get into nature with a canoe trip

Several weeks later than planned we have finally begun canoeing the uppermost part of the Mississippi River. Mike had hoped we’d start at the end of April, but I knew "the winter that wouldn’t...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    May 2, 2013

Arrival of birds a welcome sign of spring

In the spring all our senses are tuned for the wonderful changes in our surroundings. And this spring we are desperate for colors, sounds and smells (of flowers and earth). Since the snow just melted...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    April 11, 2013

April showers will bring May flowers

I know, spring is taking it’s time to arrive this year. It reminds me of many other springs, though we have forgotten those in the past few milder years. We get our hopes up with a rise of the red o...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    March 7, 2013

March: month of patience

March is a month that tests our patience. When you live in northern Minnesota and the weather pundits tell you that March 1 is considered meteorological spring, but officially spring doesn’t begin...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    February 7, 2013

Predators crucial to ecosystem

When I ski the trails on our property I am always looking at the tracks. They change daily and with the snow conditions. Many (too many) are made by deer, and there are plenty of squirrel tracks and...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    January 10, 2013

Nature is dynamic, inspiring

For me, there is nothing nicer on a sunny, crisp January day than to put on my cross-country skis and head out on our trails. Each time I am grateful once again for these 20 acres of woods and field...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    December 6, 2012

What is winter without snow?

The fog was so bad we were creeping along, trying to see the white line next to the shoulder of the road. It was Saturday night, December 1, and we were returning from Cambridge, where we’d been at...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    November 15, 2012

Visit place of timelessness regularly

I have always been a fan of science fiction and one of my favorite genres is time travel. I try to imagine what it would be like to go back in time and see what my ancestors looked like and how they...

 
 By Kate Crowley    Opinion    October 11, 2012

Find pleasure in diversity of life

I have to admit that I’m glad for the convenience and connectivity of the internet because it is allowing me to see and hear about the beautiful autumn weather (so far) at home, while we experience...