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Denise Thornton

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE FOREST FLOOR

I listened to Dr. Don Waller, UW-Madison professor of botany and environmental studies and editor of “The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin’s Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife” give a presentation on long-term changes in Wisconsin forests last week as part of the UW-Arboretum Winter Lecture Series.  He shifted my forest focus from […]

TRASH ELECTRONIC GIZMOS GREENLY

According to a report, “Tackling High Tech Trash,”  by Demos, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization,   Americans now own 3 billion electronic products with a turnover rate of about 400 million units annually.    We now have one computer for every six people on the planet.   This […]

LIVING WITH WASPS

The absolutely most blood-curdling screams I have ever heard in my life occurred when my 8-year-old daughter and the neighbor kids annoyed some mud wasps.  I was outside the house and moving toward the cries before I even knew I was out of my chair. So, though I’ve never been […]

YOU NEED A MOONSTER LIST

Guest post by Doug Hansmann Denise and I are planning to break ground for our new house 16 moons from now. OK, I could have said we’ll start building on May 20, 2012.  It marks the end of the same time period. There is a seemingly endless list of details […]