Perspectives

It’s the season for evergreens, so let’s look at the botanical meaning of the term and who fits the definition. Most generally we’re talking leaves; needles in the case of pines, spruces and firs. At least some of the leaves remain green and hanging more than a year, so the tree is never bare of...
On behalf of the PFLAG Mt. Horeb Executive Board,  I write a special thank you to the Mount Horeb Community Foundation for their continued support.  Once again the Foundation has awarded our organization a grant, this time supporting our goals for the 2021 year.    PFLAG Mount Horeb is a nonprofit...
I needed to find a turtle, so I reluctantly went on social media for the first time in months. A quick post asking if anyone has a turtle I can borrow, then I’ll sign off before I become mired in the self-righteous indignation, I thought as I opened up the page, like scurrying onto some terrible...
The Mount Horeb Education Association (MHEA) is a professional union of teachers and related staff in our school district. MHEA has been around for decades. We are proud of our work helping kids be successful in our schools. We are writing to defend our reputation.  As the MHASD School Board...
Thanksgiving will be different this year of necessity because COVID-19 is spreading out of control. Instead of feeling bad about it, take the opportunity to try something new. Have virtual visits with your family rather than filling your house with people. My hubby and I have marked holidays...
Why the excitement about finding something uncommon, for the first time? So uncommon is Dendrothele nivosa, it doesn’t have a common common name. If one were to be made up, it might be snow on the bark, or splattered paint fungus. D. nivosa is a fungus that grows on the bark of red cedar trees, and...
I was driving through Mount Vernon recently, when the sun, which looked like it was just up ahead, dipped below the horizon. Like a mammoth blood orange sinking slowly to the bottom of a celestial sea, it was so stunning that it seemed, as it usually does, far more special than most things that...
The online edition of the Mount Horeb Mail shows that our State Assembly rep won with almost 70 percent of the vote in the Village. Congratulations. One question of conscience though:  After the death of George Floyd there was an outpouring of support in Mt Horeb for black lives. Some businesses...
The overwhelming support for the fair maps advisory referendum in Iowa County proves that there is still some precious common ground across the political divide. The margins of victory in the races between candidates in local and national elections come nowhere close to the 73.8% margin of victory...
All the nesting, laying, feeding, and fledging are of little concern right now. It’s the beginning of winter feeding, snow falling, and in the not-so-distant future shadow window boxing on sunny side windows. Cardinals will take food in most ways, ground feeding, and feeder eating when all’s...

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