Why I Garden #3

Indian Popcorn on the stalk

Indian Popcorn maturing on the stalk

Lane Sharing is Caring

Shared Lane Marking - Sharrow

For those of us who ride a bicycle through town either for pleasure, exercise or just getting around we know what an adventure cycling can be. A small segment of the automobile-driving population seems to not know what to do about cyclists. Some motorists either give us a huge berth or near to none at all and many seem either puzzled or strangely frightened by bike riders. An even smaller, but frightening, minority of car drivers are actually hostile to cyclists. Which begs the question, how can automobile and bike drivers learn to get along?

Public Lands Day 2007

Public Lands Day at Cochiti Lake with BSA Troop 53

I hope everyone enjoyed a part of our incredible public lands on September 29, 2007 - National Public Lands Day. My fiancée and I joined up with Boy Scouts of America Troop 53 from Santa Fe, New Mexico at Cochiti Lake Recreation Area. Park Ranger Greg Carpenter arranged all of the tools and materials and we helped build a wall to enhance the Pay Station and Information sign leading to the Boat Launch at Cochiti Lake.

A Dark and Starry Night

Santa Fe City Lights at Dusk

Do you remember when it was dark at night? I mean REALLY dark. Step outside your door an hour after sunset and you'll see what I mean. Between the neighbor's always-on security lights, the glaring streetlights, and the 24 hour stores around the block the night time sky isn't all that dark anymore. If you live in a city or even most towns it has become difficult if not impossible to see most of the stars anymore.

Disposable Vs. Reusable

Coffee Mug

How do you like your coffee?

Leading a more sustainable life makes our daily choices a bit more complex. For instance, when you have a cup of coffee have you thought about what that cup is made from? Choosing a cup seems to be a simple decision, but like good coffee it's a subject that's dark and hard to see through to the bottom.

Pajarito Ski Area's 50th Birthday

Ski Pajarito

A little bird told me that one of New Mexico's favorite ski areas is having a birthday. Yes, Pajarito Mountain ('little bird' in Spanish), just outside of Los Alamos, New Mexico is celebrating its 50th anniversary. If you haven't skied at Pajarito Mountain you may not know what you're missing. The ski area, which is definitely NOT a resort, isn't big, stylish or chic. But, Pajarito has great bump skiing, tight trees and a relaxed, family atmosphere that you won't find at any corporate-owned destination resort.

Why I Garden #2

Purple Aster

Purple Aster - Aster Bigelovii

Freakonomics asks What Should We Do About Global Warming?

Freakonomics

Freakonomics asks What Should We Do About Global Warming?

If you haven't yet read the book Freakonomics, I strongly recommend it. The authors of Freakonomics re-ask and answer many questions that many of us thought were answered. Those freaky questions include:
- Why do people cheat?
- Why do most drug dealers live with their moms?
- Why has crime gone down over the past 30 years?

Come See the Stars with Intermezzo

Big Dipper

Intermezzo Star Gazing Party: A Fusion of Art and Nature

How many stars have been discovered at The Santa Fe Opera? Come count them yourself at Intermezzo's Fall Star Gazing Party. Enjoy an evening with Intermezzo of The Santa Fe Opera observing some of nature’s most beautiful celestial creations with noted astrophotographer Peter Lipscomb on the Opera grounds, Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 pm.

Step Lightly and Emit Less CO2

Footprint

One of the terms that is bandied about a lot recently is Carbon Footprint. A person's carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 they are responsible for producing each year. If you intend to live a more sustainable life then reducing your carbon footprint is a good way to measure that. The first question to answer is "What is my carbon footprint." Thanks to the wonders of the Internet CarbonFootprint.com can help you measure your CO2 output.

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