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Ravensbeard Wildlife Center will get a new home

Ravensbeard Wildlife Center will get a new home

At the age of 40, Kalish was commuting into Manhattan when she decided corporate life wasn’t for her. She spent the next few years raising her two sons by the Hudson River, enjoying nature, watching birds migrate. When her kids left home, she found another fulfilling mission: rescuing broken and abandoned birds, helping them heal and, then, thrilling to the moment when they could fly away.

Avoiding toxic chemicals with DIY extermination

Avoiding toxic chemicals with DIY extermination

Spring often brings a trail of small ants into the kitchen. They are easily dealt. I place sprigs of fresh mint or tansy leaves from the garden, placed at strategic points along the anrs’ path. (Note: Tansy is not good for cats or small children.) Apparently, the strong odor of these plants confuses the ants’ sense of smell, which pilots their peregrinations. The ants may crawl over the leaves at first, but by the end of the day they are always gone.

Brussels sprouts should not be spurned

Brussels sprouts should not be spurned

Just as peas are the vegetable of spring and tomatoes are the vegetable of summer, so Brussels sprouts are the vegetable of fall. They need a long season to grow, starting life in early spring, growing through the summer, and then flourishing  in cool weather, ideally with a few frosts. This seasonality brings out the best in them, flavor-wise.

What’s this got to do with the price of wood in China?

What’s this got to do with the price of wood in China?

The story of lumber’s startling rise to a blazing-hot commodity begins just a month before. In March 2020 the price of lumber sank to a dismal $231 per 1000 board feet while the pandemic captured national headlines. New-home construction abruptly fell off. Supply chains behaved uncertainly, as industry attempted and failed to forecast future demand.