Archive for November 2013

ISON---Comet of the Century?

ISON---Comet of the Century?
They’re  calling it the Thanksgiving comet.  Could  Comet ISON be the comet of the century?  Since it was discovered by a pair of Russian amateur astronomers using the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON) in 2012, inquiring eyes have been on Comet ISON. If the comet survives its close encounter with the sun (perihelion) on November 28th, we... Read more »

Late November night

Late November is an acquired taste. One must grow to love bare trees and brown leaves. There is an austerity, like bitter coffee or black tea. Walking among strangers heading home in the evening, faces barely visible, hunched against the cold, we share the camaraderie of  wind. The wind does not discriminate. It blows through... Read more »

Tornadoes Touch Down in Tazewell County

Sunday,  Chicago had unseasonably mild temperatures, and some wild weather! You know there’s trouble when the Chicago Weather Center Severe Weather Blog is activated.  There was heavy rain, thunder, lightning, hail, flooding, high wind warnings, and wind gusts over 60 mph. The Bears game was delayed due to severe weather. Fortunately, the Stadium full of people... Read more »
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The falling of mulberry leaves

Early Tuesday morning, still dark about 6 a.m., the mulberry leaves were  falling. It was a shower of leaves, one after another, a sudden letting go. Monday, Veterans Day, the sky was overcast gray. It was a somber gray November sky that suits reflection and remembrance. (One could argue that a cold, clear sky is... Read more »

Yes, I scattered milkweed seeds

Yes, I scattered milkweed seeds
Yes, I admit it, I scattered milkweed seeds the other day.  Well, really, just a few. It’s not  illegal, not exactly. But it might be a questionable action in the Village.  Let’s just say, it could be trouble. Diversity is the mantra here, but  there are watering restrictions. Also, compost piles should be raised and... Read more »

The art of raking leaves

The art of raking leaves
There is an art to raking leaves, a state of mind.  It can be a spiritual practice, as well as good exercise. No, a leaf-blower  won’t do. It’s too noisy, and ineffective. It’s ludicrous, and you know it. The point of the leaf blower is to get the job done, not the doing of it.... Read more »
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It's that time again

Remember that hour we lost when we set the clocks ahead  in the spring?  Lost among the long summer days, maybe you’ve forgotten. Well, the reminders are  everywhere, today–Time to change the clocks, again. No more Daylight Saving Time. Fall back, remember. Digital clocks will adjust automatically. And so, in these darkening days of November,... Read more »