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Got Water?

Got Water? By: Steve Roark Water is the world’s most healthy and inexpensive beverage. It can increase energy and endurance, prevent kidney stones, aid digestion, and regulate body temperature.  Yet few of us consume as much as we should. It … Continue reading

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Blackgum

Blackgum By: Steve Roark Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica), also called tupelo gum and sour gum, can be found in almost any woodland in our area.  It grows on a wide range of conditions, from wet areas to dry ridge tops. Probably … Continue reading

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The Sounds of Nature

The Sounds of Nature By Steve Roark When it comes to appreciating the natural world, getting out and seeing it is how it’s most often done.  We go on vacations or road trips to see beautiful things like forests, mountains, … Continue reading

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The Past and Present of Elms

The Past and Present of Elms By Steve Roark Elm trees have been appreciated by humans for many generations, primarily as a stoic large urban tree lining streets and shading landscapes.  During the 18th and 19th centuries it was one … Continue reading

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Firefly Light Show

Firefly Light Show By Steve Roark A peaceful form of summer entertainment is sitting out in the yard watching fireflies do their light show at dusk. And who hasn’t as a child stalked and captured “lightnin bugs” in a jar?  … Continue reading

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Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light By: Steve Roark Light is something we don’t think about  much, but almost everything that’s alive on the planet needs light for sight and energy.  Human eats cow, cow eats grass, grass grows on light… you … Continue reading

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Earthworms

Earthworms By: Steve Roark Since I enjoy an occasional fishing trip and dabble with a garden, I thought I knew a fair bit about worms.  Little did I realize what amazingly beneficial little guys they are. The two most common … Continue reading

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