In 1942, when this photograph of an elderly Mennonite couple was shot in Pennsylvania, science and medicine were transforming the idea of old age by extending life expectancies and curing chronic disease.
Credit U.S. government photographer Marjory Collins
Poor Will’s Almanack for the Third Week of Deep Winter.
The moon turned new just a few days ago, and now that moon, the Cranefly Moon, watches over the swarms of tiny craneflies – that look a little like mosquitoes – and which are common at this time of year.
February’s moon is the Lenten Rose Moon. The Lenten Rose or hellebore, opens as aconites and snowdrops blossom. Maple sap runs when hellebores bloom, and most of the nation's lambs are born.
It’s been a particularly rough flu season across the country. Boston declared a public health emergency as hospitals are overwhelmed with flu cases. The illness is talking a toll here, too, and WYSO’s Emily McCord reports that public officials it’s not too late to protect yourself.
Ohio Governor John Kasich was lauded Wednesday by dozens of state legislators and parents of children with autism. They celebrated the Governor's order that, starting next year, will require health insurance policies in Ohio to cover autism treatment.
Michael Wasmer has a daughter with autism. He said the governor's move would help families with autistic children AFFORD the thousands of dollars worth of annual treatment that can bring those kids into the mainstream.
Poor Will’s Almanack for the Second Week of Deep Winter.
Although winter may seem long and gray, its progress unravels the warmth of spring, and the year’s natural calendar contains markers which offer reassurance that the passage of Gregorian days will really and truly bring change.
Just a few days from now, on January 11, the sun rises earlier all along the 40th Parallel for the first time since the middle of June.
On January 26: Cardinals begin their spring mating songs before sunrise, and deep winter ends.