Author Archives: AD

Garden tips: Spring? or Snowdrops!

My favorite season is by far spring. Although I appreciate (and am learning to even more with every new year) the winter, I am definitely one of the members of the population that develops a little bit of SAD. Luckily, … Continue reading

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Dewey Simplified

A summarized reflection on John Dewey’s 1909 Moral Principles in Education. Dewey is one of the most referenced names in education. His book Moral Principles in Education is one of his most well known works and is a valuable resource for … Continue reading

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Pollinators of PA

Honeybees are super important for Pennsylvania’s agriculture and our food sources, but there are more pollinators than just the honeybee in Pennsylvania. European honey bee The most important pollinator (for our modern agricultural system) is the European honey bee. These … Continue reading

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Follow my other blog on… GRADUATE SCHOOL

When I graduated college, I didn’t know what to do with my life. I just earned a degree in agricultural sciences from a well known land grant university and I still felt as lost as I did out of high … Continue reading

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PA Naturalist Gardening Buddies : The Eastern American Toad

Have a lot of insect problems in your garden? Perhaps you should dream for a resident Eastern American Toad. Scientific Name: Anaxyrus americanus Habitat: Eastern United States and Canada, adaptable to almost any condition: meadows, forests, agricultural lands, suburban yards, rocky … Continue reading

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The Upbringing of a Nature Child

I don’t remember the first time I fell in love with nature because I have always seen myself as part of it. I grew up in a family where everything was outside, whether that was family gatherings, work, or play. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Break Through – The Death of Environmentalism and the Politics of Possibility

The doom and gloom of present day environmentalists has created a culture of fear and anxiety not conducive to progress on issues as large and complex as global warming. Environmental policy experts Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger contest this status … Continue reading

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We are ALL good people

“We have bigger problems to deal with here… How can you be so selfish and only work for the privledged people… Where is your connection to place… How are you so close-minded… This is bad, this is good”. Correction IT’S … Continue reading

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Lichen real life?

I have kept a journal my entire life. It was never something I wrote in every day, just when I felt like it. A journal is typically something I have thought of as personal. I never wrote in my journal … Continue reading

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Cheap and Easy Vegan Fall Pumpkin Soup

Last night I attended a showing of an extremely touching documentary called A Place at the Table that highlighted hunger and poverty in America. The film focused a lot of attention on children and how the innutritious meals available in … Continue reading

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