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Why I Garden…And Thoughts on My Italian Ancestors, Farming, the Seasons, and What Not  

I COME FROM A GARDENING FAMILY. My Italian grandfather was a landscaper on the north shore. His vast yard in Kenilworth was a sea of vegetables, flowers, and other greenery. Unlike most people’s yards, not a patch of dirt was to be seen. Every inch of real estate was covered by grass or some type … Continue reading Why I Garden…And Thoughts on My Italian Ancestors, Farming, the Seasons, and What Not  

REI Puts Employees Ahead of Profit and Encourages People to Get Out Into Nature

For the third straight year, outdoor gear and sporting goods retailer REI has announced that it will close its 151 stores in the United States on Black Friday (November 24, the biggest shopping day of the year), process no online sales, and pay its employees to head out to enjoy the great outdoors. In a … Continue reading REI Puts Employees Ahead of Profit and Encourages People to Get Out Into Nature

More Than 20 Halloween-Related Events Available for Kids in Chicagoland Forest Preserves, Parks, Zoos, and Other Nature Areas

Local parks, forest preserves, botanical gardens, zoos, arboretums, and national parks in Chicagoland offer a variety of Halloween activities this weekend through October 31 for kids. They range from scary hikes, spooky stories, hay rides, encounters with fearsome animals such as spiders and bats, pumpkin-carving, and Halloween parties. A small fee is required for some … Continue reading More Than 20 Halloween-Related Events Available for Kids in Chicagoland Forest Preserves, Parks, Zoos, and Other Nature Areas

A Personal Ghost Story, Ghosts of Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs, and 11 Spots for Post-Ghost-Tour Fun

I don’t need Halloween to make me feel frightened. We have our own horror movie running in the White House right now. The administration is slashing regulations that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil in which our food is grown. But this blog post takes a break from nature … Continue reading A Personal Ghost Story, Ghosts of Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs, and 11 Spots for Post-Ghost-Tour Fun

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