Breaking News: Cambridge Young Women Quilt for Sustainability

Sprouts of Hope, an offshoot of Jane Goodall‘s Roots and Shoots comprised of a handful of girls who are now at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School,  is presenting their “Imagine a Sustainable Life Quilt” to the City of Cambridge today at City Hall, making Mayor Davis and all of us here in the people’sContinue reading “Breaking News: Cambridge Young Women Quilt for Sustainability”

February 11 and February 16 Environmental Events in Greater Cambridge

Climate Change in the Mystic River Watershed: Vulnerabilities & Adaptation StrategiesJoin the Mystic River Watershed Association for a special presentation by Paul Kirshen, PhD, Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire on February 11th. Dr. Kirshen will address the impacts of Climate ChangeContinue reading “February 11 and February 16 Environmental Events in Greater Cambridge”

Alewife Reservation Guided Walks

ALEWIFE WINTER WILDLIFE WALKS 2013 of Friends of Alewife Reservation February 16, 1-3 pm. This walk will take us to the less-visited south side of the park to the vicinity of Lily Pond. Along the way we will discuss remediation of the storm water project. We will also observe the strategies of predators and preyContinue reading “Alewife Reservation Guided Walks”

Fungi at Fresh Pond Reservation

Behind Neville Place, built in the early 1920s as a hospital for the aged, there’s a mixed forest of beeches, oaks, a few birches, maples, on relatively flat ground. The old folks’ home is still a home to quite a few old folks, whom Ranger Jean has been galvanizing into tree study. The posters onContinue reading “Fungi at Fresh Pond Reservation”

November/December Events

Coming up at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Thursday evenings, (11/15, 11/29, and 12/13)…I’ll be there! Woodlands and Waters, Forests and Faucets: A Look at Massachusetts’ Woods, Water Bodies, and Water Supplies for the Boston Metro Area Lecture by Betsy Colburn, Harvard Forest THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 6:00 PM Betsy Colburn,  Aquatic Ecologist atContinue reading “November/December Events”

Will you be having dental floss with your garlic mustard today, sir?

Kids really don’t want lectures. They don’t want to learn stuff. They do learn stuff, though, because it is in the nature of their being to suck up information like a marsh. Back in the fall of 2012, when I was muddling through the particular big muddy of what to do with a gaggle ofContinue reading “Will you be having dental floss with your garlic mustard today, sir?”

Drink This Pearl

Drink This Pearl

No, this is no Alice in Wonderland admonition.

Among doctors, “pearl” is shorthand for “pearl of wisdom.” The ones that are the most commonsensical are the most valuable. Is Drinking Water Week—we’re in the middle of it right now—something to “celebrate” as its sponsor, American Water Works Association, suggests? The availability of potable water is disastrously inadequate in so many places. I’m not keen on doing much celebrating. I do, however, feel grateful to the people who manage my local watershed; to my Cambridge, Mass. neighbors who don’t pour awful things into the storm drains, and to everyone who stays off the roads and walks or bikes or takes the T and thereby makes non-point-source pollution of the water a little bit better

Drink this pearl—a beautiful rant by Dr. Bernard Lown. Enjoy with chaser of tap water.