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8:35 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: January 1 - 7, 2013

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the First Week of Deep Winter.

I had been reading predictions about the end of the world (on the occasion of the alignment of this December’s solstice with the Galactic equator, a once-in-twenty-six-thousand-years event, foretold by the ancient Mayans). All that foolishness, along with the longest nights of the year, had somehow set me off balance, and I decided to go and see for myself what was happening in the real world of the woods.

I walked along the river, the water higher than it had been in months.

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Nature
8:35 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: December 25 - 31, 2012

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Poor Will's Almanack for the final week of Early Winter.

In a warm winter morning not long ago, in soft rain, the grass outside my door was lush and bright, the last Osage leaves golden above the shed. Along the west wall of the house, wild onions were getting lanky, motherwort was bushy, one Queen Anne’s lace plant have grown back two-feet tall.

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Health, Science & The Environment
4:06 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

OSU To Participate in Autism Drug Study

Ohio State University is participating in a large clinical research program to determine if an Alzheimer's disease medication can be used to treat children with autism.  The Columbus Dispatch reports that children with autism from central Ohio can enroll in the program at OSU's Nisonger Center.  The study is evaluating social interaction and communication among autistic children.

Health, Science & The Environment
4:04 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Ohioans Often Take Double Hit From Tree Pest

The invasive emerald ash borer is spreading across Ohio, ruining trees and costing taxpayers.

The exotic Asian beetle has been in Ohio nearly a decade, and Ohio State University expert Joe Boggs says it is spreading like a wild fire.  The toll is mounting, too.  Besides causing local governments to divert funds for eradication efforts, homeowners are paying for treatments and private contractors, and the loss of ash trees.

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Nature
8:35 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: December 18 - 24, 2012

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Poor Will's Almanack for the third week of Early Winter.

In one of Aldo Leopold’s journals, that famous naturalist observed that the rate at which solar energy flows to and through living things not only affects the rate at which plants sprout, grow, flower, and die, but might also have some influence over human lives and the course of human events.

Seasonal affective disorder, a recently named malady that appears to be tied to a lack of sunlight, is one example of an event in human physiology that is tied to solar intensity.

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