The Outside Story

The Outside Story

By Brett Amy Thelan I once heard of a biologist with a clever party trick: regardless of where or when a given party was taking place, he claimed that he could produce a wild salamander in 15 minutes or less, and more often than not, he delivered. I suspect he never tried this at any… Read More »

Tracy Stolese: Offering gifts with style

Tracy Stolese: Offering gifts with style

In 2008, Tracy Stolese took a leap of faith. She had spent the previous 13 years as sales manager for Hall Communications, which owns WIZN, the Buzz, and several other radio stations. “I was turning 40 and got the bug that I really wanted to try owning my own business,” she said. “Arabesque presented itself.”… Read More »

American Goldfinch: Common bird with uncommon habits

American Goldfinch: Common bird with uncommon habits

  By Barbara Mackay I love the fact that there is always something new to observe in nature. Take goldfinches, for example. I have often watched them devour milkweed seeds from an acrobatic, upside-down position. Recently, I spotted several bright yellow males perched atop dandelion stems, plucking the seedheads at a frenzied pace. Previously, I… Read More »

Kindness in the waiting rooms

By Jan F. Demers “Get in the van! We are going!” She gave her friend — who had avoided doctors for years — little choice. She had listened to the other tell of pain and had seen her gait change. The result of the van trip: The doctor found a tumor in her friend’s back,… Read More »

Hatching a Monarch among us

Hatching a Monarch among us

By Elise Tillinghast Earlier this summer, my daughter persuaded me to bring home a monarch egg. I had misgivings. This wasn’t my first butterfly rodeo, and previous experience was discouraging. Two summers past, a friend gave us several black swallowtail caterpillars. One lived to adulthood, but all the siblings wasted away, taking on the form… Read More »