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human gut bacteria

Introduction to our Microbiome, the trillions of microbes living in and on the human body

I recently finished a 6-week online course on our microbiome through the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Coursera program, where scientists are sequencing gut bacteria through public participation in the American Gut Project. I first got interested in our microbiome a few years ago after reading “Germs Are Us” in The New Yorker magazine. What stuck in my […]

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Food from my garden

The Joys and Blues of Gardening

I love flowers and anything green. I try to learn the botanical names of at least three new plants a year. However, my main reason for gardening is to grow food. I became a master gardener through the Ohio State University Extension Service in the spring of 2013. But I often feel like a fraud […]

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Huge turnips from my garden

Two-step Roasted Turnips

  I had overlooked several turnips in the garden. Before I could get to them, they had grown as big as oranges. I was not happy because, by then, the greens were too old and prickly to eat, and I thought the root would be fibrous and stringy. I decided a few more days wouldn’t […]

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Early tomatoes

Wendell Berry

Self-identified writer and farmer Wendell Berry has written over forty books on farming and agriculture. He writes essays, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He was born in 1934 and only recently (March, 2014) was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters founded in 1898. When I learned about this oversight I wondered what took […]

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