simple yet effective ID of aquatic plants


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“Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.”

Vladimir Nabokov, 1899-1977

Nabokov was born on this day in 1899, 115 years ago. The Russian-American author was a prolific writer and translator, and published novels in Russian, short story collections, plays, and poetry, as well as nine novels in English. Read more about his life and works on University Press Scholarship Online

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Artist: Sylvie Daigneault



Artist: Sylvie Daigneault


Can’t wait to see the peas in a pod.

We keep insisting it’s just a shed, but a feud is brewing between northern family and friends -they are planning an arm wrestling contest to see who gets to winter in the wee cottage.

It is pretty darn cute, can’t wait to hang some plants on the porch!

Picked a pint of peppers for pickling. 

Super easy recipe for small mid-season harvests. Great for burgers and subs.

Approximately 1/2 pound banana peppers, stems and seeds removed

2 c white vinegar

2/3 c white sugar

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp celery seeds

Sterilize two 1/2 pint jars, or one pint jar

Slice peppers crossway into rings

Place peppers into jars, use wooden spoon to gently press peppers down to remove excess space

Bring vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed to a roiling boil

Remove from heat and immediately pour into jars, filling to within 1/2 inch of the lip

Wipe lip with clean cloth to remove any spilled juice

Place lids and screw band finger tight

Wait for the satisfying PING that means the jar is sealed

Refrigerate, leave them alone for two weeks (if you can) for full flavor

Enjoy with in 3 months

*This does NOT meet USDA NCHFP guidelines. If you want to properly can for extended shelf life, see these guidelines


Before & after.
My little farm!


Every year, for the past thirty-five years, the World Bank has published the World Development Indicators (WDI), a fine collection of data on developing countries. The 2013 issue of the WDI is unusually telling. Deep into the report, there is a table that shows the status and the evolution of extreme poverty, that is, of people who live on 1.25 dollars a day or less. Thing about it: $1.25 a day. How would your life look if you had to live on that? To start with, your house – if you had something that could be called a house – would have no electricity, gas, running water, or sewer. So no TV, refrigerator, showers, or toilet for you. How about toothpaste, contraceptives, or motorized transport? You’d surely not spend your $1.25 on any of that. If you got sick – which would be very likely in your sanitary and nutritional condition – you couldn’t afford any medicine. In fact, you’d save your meager cash to buy food, just to keep yourself and your family alive. It would all add up to a miserable existence, wouldn’t it? It is even difficult to imagine that, in the twenty-first century, anyone lives such a nineteenth-century life.

Well, 1.2 billion people do, according to the 2013 WDI… that’s a huge proportion of the world’s seven billion human beings. It makes you wonder what development experts and financiers have been doing all these years. And yet, behind the horror, shame, and urgency of those figures, there is, believe it or not, news of hope.

To read more about how economic growth can be used to “squash extreme poverty,” check out Marcelo M. Giugale’s Economic Development: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Image credit: Barefoot on Red Dirt by FrankOWeaver (2013). Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.