From the Forest

Trees tracking time


Well, I see that the calendar changed from December 2019 to January 2020. I thought we’d be riding hover boards to work by now. In any case, after the New Year is when I begin paying attention to the weather forecast, mainly the “highs” and “lows.” Temperature matters when it comes to sap flow. Sap gathered in late winter is […]

The underrated bat


When I was a kid in the 1980s there seemed to be an abundance of “Army-Navy” surplus stores. It seemed every small city – or large town for that matter – had an Army-Navy store. I guess this makes sense, since the 1980s were a hop, skip, and a jump away from some very large wars, namely World War II […]

You Can’t Get a Buck for Buck


I was at a German restaurant in Ulster County many years ago. On the menu was jaeger schnitzel. Apparently, in German, “jaeger schnitzel” translates into “hunter’s cutlets” traditionally made from either venison (deer meat) or boar. Today, jaeger schnitzel normally includes beef or sometimes even chicken. On the Specials Menu was written “New Zealand Venison Jaeger Schnitzel.” Coincidentally, I had […]

Where’s the Wood?


The “local movement.” It’s a big thing these days, or at least on paper. There is the “Buy Local” movement, followed by “Think Locally, Act Globally” bumper-sticker, and even a “Locavore” tribe of people found combing local forests and fields for wild edibles. Hey, I’m one of them. Normally, I’m in support of anything that makes people more self-sufficient and […]


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