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Amanda Bancroft: Winter pond provides peek at surprising passerby

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples One bitterly cold day in February, we decided to check the pond for migrating flocks that might have gotten stranded here during the blizzard. Two dozen

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Pioneer Adventures: Winter storm wasn’t easy off the grid

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Whether we get our electricity, heat and other utilities from a grid system maintained by a city or off the grid maintained by ourselves, winter storms

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To Stack Or Not To Stack?

What some consider art, others call vandalism AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Editor’s Note: Amanda Bancroft is busy dealing with living off-grid in a major winter storm. This column first ran

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Environmental Ups And Downs

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples The journey to move off the utility grid into a solar-powered cabin has so absorbed the bulk of our time over the past three years that

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A Solitary, Resilient Heron

Big birds adapt to changing weather and diet AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Driveways are runways to some with wings. A great blue heron once flew past our cabin windows, just

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Let There Be Light!

Solar lanterns celebrate lengthening of days AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Twilight is even more magical now that solar lanterns are part of our off-grid cabin. As the sunset fades, each

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Let In Light And Air

Candle choices make a difference to environment AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Candles make great ambiance and brighten dark winter days. But some of them are not very cheery when you

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Bluebird Smackdown

Friends at night, birds may squabble by day AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples The bleak wintry landscape of hay-colored hills and bare branches is suddenly interrupted by flashes of deep blue,

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Choosing The ‘Right’ Path

Thought required before creating a new trail AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples There are many paths in life that could be considered the “right” path. Everyone has the right to create

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‘Tis The Season — Or The Monday

Resolutions to improve the world can happen any time AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples New year’s resolutions may not be on many people’s minds this year. Who has time to make