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Pumpkins and goblins, crisp, cool days and nights, and the kaleidoscopic foliage fandango courtesy of our native sugar maples- yes, the marvels of October in New England are something to behold! And let’s not forget the return of a special number 12 who will finally be slinging the pigskin after his four week “vacation”. As the weather cools down on the outside, an inverse response from us heats up inside the kitchen- it’s baking season again. A key component to much of the baking repertoire is vanilla extract, an ingredient where only a teaspoon or two can elevate a simple...

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There is an aura of pensive wistfulness that hovers about the month of September. It is a month steeped in change that compels us to reflect on the passing of the carefree days of summer yet look forward to the crisp, cool, energized days of autumn. It’s back to school, back to work, back to whatever and back to football (sorry Tom, you’ll have to wait until October). September has sparked the artistic Muse in the creation of a myriad of popular songs throughout the years. September Song, the classic standard from the 1938 Broadway Show Knickerbocker Holiday, was recorded...

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This month, athletes from all over the world are converging on Rio de Janeiro to compete in the 31st Summer Olympiad. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is hoping to win an unprecedented triple-double: three straight Olympic gold medals in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Simone Biles of the U.S. is a favorite to capture the all-around title in women’s gymnastics and American swimmers Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps (his 5th Olympics!) will splash for gold in their respective events. Two superstars native to Brazil won’t be competing in the games, but they are unconventional champions in their own right. ...

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At one time in the not-so –distant past my backyard would be teaming with honeybees foraging for pollen and nectar from a variety of wild and cultivated flowers. Now I get excited if I spot one solitary honeybee homing in for a landing on a clover blossom. Some 60 years ago the great folk singer, Pete Seeger, in his classic anti-war song, asked: “Where have all the flowers gone?” The flowers are in bloom but now the question is: where have all the honeybees gone? When we think of bees, we usually associate them with honey (or the threat of...

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“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promises of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”                                                                                              Gertrude Jekyll, renowned British horticulturist, pioneering garden designer, painter & writer  As we approach the...

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