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A parade of solar system bodies comes to opposition this month. At opposition, an object is directly opposite the sun meaning it is lit “face-on” and shining at its brightest. It also means the object is in the sky all night, rising at sunset, reaching its highest point in our sky around mid…

In May of 1977 we moved into our first home in Sierra Vista. Being a young, first time home-owner and a totally inexperienced gardener, I was outside trying to figure a starting point to polish up a yard that had been long forgotten before we moved in. My new next door neighbor, longtime gar…

One of this writer’s favorite pastimes is people watching. Unfortunately, the lengthy shutdown of our country and the world deprived her of that pleasurable activity.

Darwin identified fifteen species of finches on the Galapagos Islands back in the 1800’s. Galapagos finches have been the subject of several research projects over the years because Darwin identified so much variation in color and morphology among the resident finch population. Do you know t…

Limoncello is a vibrantly colored digestif that goes down easy on a hot summer’s day. Although the sweet liqueur is most often served chilled in a shot glass, it is meant to be sipped slowly after your meal.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. If the experience of sheltering in a pandemic has taught us anything, it is the outscaled importance of that other 10%.

Think of it as trickle-down karma. Children are the payback for what past generations endured with their children.

Of course my GPS is failing, I thought.

It was an evening in early April when I drove away from Bisbee, the sun-baked blacktop rolling underneath my rental car as I passed through a blur of chaparral, then grasslands, into the wildness of the Sonoran desert. The southwestern sky was prototypical red. A long drive ahead, I was soon…