Oaks and Jays

Oaks and Jays

By Katie Finch A friend once asked for advice about painting a seasonal mural. She wanted to know what plants and animals best represented each season in our region? There are so many options! Evergreens and red cardinals in winter, flowers and frogs for spring,...
The Flavor of Nature

The Flavor of Nature

By Jeff Tome Nature is one of my favorite things to eat. I fully realize that that sounds a little bit like I want to sit on the sidewalk and eat mud pies with a side of grass and worms, but I don’t. We sometimes forget that all of our food comes from the earth. Even...
Firewood Friendships

Firewood Friendships

Reprint of a 2015 article by Sarah Hatfield I pulled in the driveway and the sky seemed to switch personalities from slight irritation to a bucket of anger upturned. The rain came in curtains and torrents, the wind chaotic. I watched through my sunroof as the tops of...
Seasonal Decorating

Seasonal Decorating

Chelsea Jandreau If you have stepped into a store lately, you have probably noticed the encroaching fall-themed decorations. The appearance of reds and oranges, pumpkins and apples, and an assortment of ghosts and other spooky-themed decor brings with it a set of...
Nature Calms

Nature Calms

By Jeff Tome Gentle waves lapped the shore with a soothing rhythm as we walked along the edge of Lake Erie. Loons were diving into the water and bobbing back up. Gulls screamed overhead and dove down to grab fish lurking just under the surface. The beach was almost...
Documenting Nature

Documenting Nature

By Katie Finch Last week I found a Mourning Cloak butterfly while cleaning up the yard. It was tucked among the bottom logs in a stack of firewood. If it hadn’t flapped its wings I would have never seen it. The coloring of the underside of the wing was the perfect...