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Friday, February 16, 2007


This week's Valentine's Day nor'easter comes on the heels of the anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978. Are we long overdue for the next nor'easter, maybe to rival '78? Never has a recent snowstorm been so discussed or remembered. Many storms have surpassed that storm's snowfall, but the triple punch of wind, coastal flooding, and drifts over three feet, mixed ...more

Last month, it seemed that my personal productivity level had somehow gone off the charts. Whereas I usually begin the day with about two dozen unchecked items left on my To Do list from the day before, late in January it began to seem that I was somehow getting everything on my list done, day after day. Acquaintances who assume that writers are technophobes ...more

Come February, when the winter blues have you down, there is a remedy of sorts, just 14 miles away. Take Route 119 west to Groton, known to many as home to such prestigious private schools as Lawrence Academy and The Groton School. It is also home to some fine shopping and delicious dining. ...more

Name. The Varnished Conk is a bracket mushroom called Ganoderma lucidum. In February last year I wrote about its relative Ganoderma applanatum, the Artist's Conk. The name Ganoderma means shiny skin and while the Artist's Conk is the dullard of the family, the Varnished Conk lives up to its name. The shininess is ...more

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito