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"Where the qualities of hardiness, shade tolerance, and reliability collide, we find THE SHADY LADY'S GUIDE TO NORTHEAST GARDENING, by Amy Ziffer—the horticultural equivalent of Match.com."
Iris reticulata, via Wikicommons by Susan Sylvia I promised I wouldn't say anything about the inhuman length and fierceness of this past winter, and how perfectly sublime it is just to see last season's dead grass in my yar...
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Greg Flemming's forthcoming AT THE POINT OF A CUTLASS just snagged a STARRED review in Publishers Weekly!
Flemming relates the story of the capture by pirates of Philip Ashton in 1722, and in the process he reveals a fascinating history of pirates during the first decades of the 18th century, “the golden
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Happy ‪#‎StPatricksDay‬!

May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields...and the music of old Ireland fill your ears. http://bit.ly/1eKxLu9

(Image source: Jimmy Harris, via Wikicommons)
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The capture of the Maersk Alabama is hauntingly similar to another pirate capture nearly 300 years ago...
The following has been re-posted from www.gregflemming.com. by Greg Flemming   As the Somali pirates drew close to the Maersk Alabama in the film Captain Phillips—nominated for Oscars in six categories last Sunday night—the ...
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Time was, you could lunge at a merry-go-round like catching a speeding train—and just as easily be flung several yards from it.
Once upon a time, playgrounds were death traps. All right, maybe not quite that bad, but from the time the first jungle gym was installed about century ago, until 1975, children's safety wasn't exactly the first thing on pare...
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In honor of #NationalPoetryMonth, we do battle with that most unforgiving of forms: the Sestina.
Here we are again, a week into April, a.k.a National Poetry Month, the de facto period of time for everyone who's generally not that excited about poetry to be inordinately, often uncomfortably excited about poetry. Actually,...
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You've never seen insects this way before. And you won't look at them the same way again. http://bit.ly/1g02kAn
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On #StPatricksDay, no matter how gaudy or giddy we may be, on that one day we're all Irish—an idea that, a century ago, might've ignited a bar fight.
The Chicago River runs green once a year. Image courtesy of Bert Kaufmann, via Wikicommons Every year, right about this time, in America and at least the rest of the English-speaking world, everything begins to turn green. (B...
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Vermont's lone abolitionism wasn't quite as absolute in its early years as anybody would like to believe.
Image source: Jim Hood a.k.a. GearedBull, via Wikimedia Commons As well as it touts its (fiercely protected) natural, mountainous beauty, its cheeses and fall foliage, and its excellent skiing, Vermont nearly belies its own...
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The warning signs are everywhere: mobile technology is destroying polite society.
The warning signs are everywhere: mobile technology—that very iPhone you may be using to read this—is destroying polite society. If you haven't stopped to consider the reasons why, you can be sure some arbiter of virtue out t...
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