Bike Train Bus to the Beach

August 8, 2017

I often take the train to the plane when flying to some far away vacation location but the car is the mode of choice for shorter distances. Why not the train or the bus? Because it never occurs to me – it is far easier to just hop in the car and go. Last week […]

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A Little Bit of Country on South Street

June 27, 2017

We have lots of garden areas at our house in South Philly but no real area to grow veggies so, we were excited when we got the news that a garden plot had opened up at the South Street Community Garden and that we were invited to join the active group who garden there.  Brimming […]

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Divert trash $$$ to school $$$!

June 23, 2017

Want to reduce you waste footprint? Focus on the amount of food waste that you generate and follow this great hierarchy for consciously reducing the amount that you send to the landfill.   Once you tackle food, start looking at the rest of your waste stream and challenge yourself to amassing only One-Bag-A-Week of landfill bound […]

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Sick House Sick You

June 19, 2017

My nextdoor neighbor was rarely sick – until he moved.  Laughingly I told him it was because he had abandoned the neighborhood – he was in fact, a fink.  About a week later I went to visit his brand new, just finished townhouse. I walked in the door, took a deep breath, and thought, hmmm, […]

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Don’t Just Talk About Recycling – DO IT!

February 24, 2017

Sitting in my favorite coffee shop I hear… Boy says to girl: “You like the idea of recycling but you don’t actually participate” Girl says: ‘WHAT!” Boy says: “You claim to use recycled bags but you always come home with plastic!” Girl says: “Ugh” and leaves. Boy looks bewildered and orders coffee. Ouch! There are […]

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The Making of a Meadow – End of Year

February 9, 2017

The Year: Overall Success Overall, the quickie meadow was a success; the family and their visitors loved the color, vibrancy, and feel of the meadow. It sheltered wildlife and provided breeding habitat and food sources for many pollinators including Monarchs, native bees and honeybees. The paths that wind through the grass make it a place […]

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The Making of a Meadow – Fall

February 2, 2017

October: A Surprise The planned third mowing was supposed to happen the second week of October. And then I started to see more Monarchs, Swallowtails, other orange and yellow butterflies and moths, grasshoppers, Praying Mantises, Bumblebees, Honeybees, Wasps, and Finches.  The construction-road portion of the meadow was flowering like mad, and the existing meadow flowers […]

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The Making of a Meadow – Summer

January 23, 2017

July: The Meadow Becomes a Garden The paths are a success! The family walks them every day and says that, “Those paths make the meadow a garden. It is really beautiful – a place to get away.” The existing field was clearly dominated by cool season grasses that went dormant in the heat of the […]

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An Inaugrural Message

January 20, 2017
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The Making of a Meadow – Spring

January 16, 2017

The meadow is ever changing with spring bringing new life and optimism. April: Order Seeds, Wait and Maintain April came and went and construction was still not complete; the construction road was still full of construction material, rocks, and debris and it was still hard as a rock.  Fewer tufts of grass grew in spots […]

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