Quote of the week: It is my hope that many will attend and remember this extraordinary woman (Barbara Reed-Turner), and that the future caretakers of the Reed-Turner Woodland will continue her work to maintain it as a rare and wonderful hidden gem.

Read my outdoor column for more on the Reed-Turner Woodland and Baltimore orioles. Photo of Baltimore oriole by John Heneghan. All rights reserved.orioleheneghan

Quote of the week: Knowing our history helps us understand ourselves and our ability to survive difficult times — whether during the Civil War of 1861-1865 or the current pandemic — both events give us perspective to help us understand and to have hope.

Quote from Lake County historian Diana Dretske about creating a historical account of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read the story here.influenza-cartoon-national

Quote of the Week: “You have the waves and you have that calming ebb and flow. I feel like it almost sinks in with your heartbeat and it helps calm your inner being. A lot of people are drawn to the water, whether or not they know why.

This story explains why beaches are so important to us during the coronavirus pandemic and which shoreline parks and local beaches are open and which ones are not. Photo below by Sheryl DeVore taken at Diamond Lake Beach.fishermanatbeach

Quote of the week: Those showy yellow flowers of many species of goldenrod have sticky, heavy pollen that clings to insects which carry the pollen to the next flower, so there’s not much chance the pollen will end up in the noses of hay fever sufferers.

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Read why goldenrods don’t cause hay fever and why they are truly an American species, plus which ones to plant in your yard in an article about goldenrods featured in Natural Awakenings by Sheryl DeVore.