Environment

It's a King Tide Party and You're Invited

It's a King Tide Party and You're Invited

In my 2D Design class, we've learned about more than creating good design. We also learned something about nature's designs and the impact we humans can have when we try to intervene.

Our professor, Jan Piribeck, is involved in the Envisioning Change project, which aims to visualize sea level change in Portland and the Casco Bay region over about a 200- year period — from 1900 to 2100. Read more ...

The middle ground of "Green"

The middle ground of "Green"

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I try to live lightly on the earth, minimizing my carbon footprint, and by extension that of my family.

 

Yes, I know, I'm kind of a zealot.  

 

The Difference Between West Nile Virus and EEE

The Difference Between West Nile Virus and EEE

INFECTED MOSQUITOS IN MAINE

Maine health officials have confirmed that a pool of mosquitos collected on July 16 in the town of Alfred tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). A health alert issued by the Maine Center for Disease Control states that, "This is the earliest in the season that Maine has identified EEE, previously the earliest detection was in the beginning of August." Read more ...

Find Sunburn Relief in Your Kitchen

Find Sunburn Relief in Your Kitchen
Best advice — don’t get a sunburn.

If you didn’t follow my best advice and are suffering from a mild to moderate sunburn, relief could be as close as your kitchen. Try one of these home remedies. Read more ...

University of Maine Conducts Comprehensive Economic Impact Study for Boothbay Region Land Trust

University of Maine Conducts Comprehensive Economic Impact Study for  Boothbay Region Land Trust

Study finds Boothbay Region Land Trust’s preserve users spend $3.9 million annually in the local area..

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME, July 1, 2013--The study by the University of Maine’s School of Economics was funded by a private grant to the land trust.  It included 500 hours of fieldwork and surveys of both visitors to the Boothbay region and local residents. It showed 63,832 visits to the trust’s preserves and hiking trails between April and November 2012. This translates into 13,081 unique users.

“We saw a lot of cars with out-of-state license plates, from all over the Northeast,” said Todd Gabe, professor of economics at the University of Maine. “The visitors we spoke with really loved the trails.”

Tips on Controlling Asthma

Tips on Controlling Asthma

Did you know that every year more people develop asthma? Or that Maine is on the top ten list of number of adults with asthma? More than 100,000 adults in Maine have asthma and more than 22,000 children.

Years ago, an allergist explained to me that trying to breathe during an asthma episode is like trying to breathe through a straw when the end has been pinched shut. That image stuck. Read more ...

Walking in the Woods

Walking in the Woods

Walking in the woods with my sister Debi. Something we both look forward to all year round.  Serene, peaceful. Take a few moments to walk with us and leave all your worries behind. See more pictures.