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Exploring the Last Green Valley: Beauty found in December evergreens

December 1, 2020

“Each pine is like a great green feather stuck in the ground. Myriad white pine boughs extend themselves horizontally, one above and behind another, each bearing its burden of silvery sunlight…” — from Henry David Thoreau’s journal, Nov. 30, 1851 Today’s column is the third in […]

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The Amazing Cranberry: More Than a Thanksgiving Side Dish

December 1, 2020

There are many seasonal and holiday foods that appear on supermarket shelves throughout the year. Halloween and Valentine’s Day bring out candy. There is lamb for Easter and corn beef and cabbage for Saint Patrick’s Day. Thanksgiving is all about turkey, and I know folks […]

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TLGV’s Offers Walktober Redux – A new Thanksgiving Weekend Tradition for the whole family

November 20, 2020

  The Last Green Valley, Inc. is taking the #OptOutside movement to the next level Thanksgiving Weekend with Walktober Redux – a mini version of our hugely popular autumnal event. With the 2020 holidays looking different for many in the region, TLGV staff and volunteer […]

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The Princess Pine of the Forest

November 17, 2020

No matter the time of year I always discover something fascinating when on a woods walk. Every month of each season the forest gives up its secrets for us to encounter and admire. On Nov. 3 (following an early morning visit to the polls) I […]

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Nature Writers to Inspire the Backyard Naturalist

November 10, 2020

I was very fortunate to grow up on a three-acre wooded hill. Beyond our lot were acres of woods and suburban forest. The neighborhood kids knew all the secret paths and shortcuts leading us to small streams and ponds, deeper woods and a myriad of […]

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Finding Beauty in November

November 5, 2020

“Now the hours of daylight are shortening noticeably. Dusk and dark advance minute by minute as these November nights close down.” – Edwin Way Teale, from “Circle of the Seasons, November 7, The Darker Days” Today’s column is the second in a series about finding […]

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Exploring Burial Grounds in The Last Green Valley

October 27, 2020

“Farewell vain world and friends that weep for me Dust and a shadow these I leave with thee” From the epitaph of Joshua Manning, the great Windham carver, cut by his own hand. One might think the reason for this column is that Halloween is […]

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TLGV Awards More Than $22,000 in Grants

October 27, 2020

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) has awarded more than $22,000 in a new grant program designed to help non-profits build capacity during challenging times. As non-profits strive to advance their mission while not being able to offer their usual programs, events and opportunities, TLGV […]

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The Ephemeral Freshwater Jellyfish

October 21, 2020

“A jellyfish, if you watch it long enough, begins to look like a heart beating. It’s their pulse, the way they contract swiftly, then release. Like a ghost heart — a heart you can see right through, right into some other world where everything you […]

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