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Miss Floribunda: Butterfly gardens

July 12, 2019

I’m at my wit’s end. I’ve got this dippy neighbor whose garden is just a mess of weeds, and it attracts all kinds of nasty things. Well, some are nice butterflies, but others look like bees and wasps and some big blue and green bugs with wings that I’m afraid could fly over [read more]

From the Editor: When ‘work bliss’ can lead to burnout

July 12, 2019

By MARIA D. JAMES — What happens when passion leads to burnout? That’s the question Jennifer Moss attempted to answer in her July 1 online article for the Harvard Business Review. Moss, a workplace expert and award-winning author of the book Unlocking Happiness at Work, challenges the advice [read more]

Then & Now: Popcorn and a silver ladle

July 11, 2019

By RANDY FLETCHER — Tiffany, Gorham, Wood & Hughes, and Gale are just a few of the names as important to a silver connoisseur as Gucci, Prada, Channel and Wang are to a fashionista. I don’t consider myself either a silver connoisseur or a fashionista, but I am fascinated by some of the odd [read more]

Zero Waste of Time: Zero Waste entertaining this summer

June 14, 2019

By Juliette Fradin — Easier than it sounds, cheaper than you think Summertime is often a busy season filled with sunshine and the company of good friends. Your favorite warm weather moments might include picnics, outdoor concerts, farmers markets, backyard parties or warm nights on the porch with [read more]

Nature Nearby: Hearing fewer croaks?

June 14, 2019

By FRED SEITZ — I often listen at the edge of Magruder Park in the early evening. While the sounds of traffic and loud music have frequently competed with the natural sounds in the park, Mom Nature’s voice seems more muted now than in previous springs and early summers. In past years, I’ve [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Flowers for shade

June 14, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, I know where you live! Now that I have your attention, I want you to know this is not a threat. But I do know where you live because someone pointed your yard out to me, and I also know that you are gardening all wrong but getting away with it. Your yard is full of trees and [read more]

My Two Cents: A horrible Hyattsville Day happening

May 31, 2019

Update: As of May 30, police have charged four teenagers in the incident described below. By ROSE BYRNE — Actually, a letter to my Hyattsville neighbors. Did you know this happened on Hyattsville Day [April 27]? As I sat on my Hamilton Street porch on Sunday afternoon with neighbors, the mood was [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Roses, permaculture, and weed control

May 17, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, Like “Lazy on Livingston Street” last month, I, too, hate to weed, especially in my rose bed. I don’t mind the sweat of gardening, or even a few tears, but weeding thorny roses involves an unacceptable amount of blood. I always come out looking as if [read more]

Nature Nearby: Fireflies light up our nights

May 17, 2019

By FRED SEITZ — On a warm evening a few weeks ago, my wife and I walked down to Magruder Park in hopes of seeing the Lyrid meteor shower, which occurs every year in April. Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy, plus local light pollution prevented us from seeing the meteors. (The Lyrids were [read more]
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