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Margaret Hartley's Greenpoint
by Margaret Hartley

Greenpoint

A Daily Gazette community blog
Ideas on greener living

Some advice for the holiday rush: Slow down

I love the holidays, I really do. Just don’t make me go shopping.

Dark mornings offer connection to natural world

We’ve reset our clocks to what no longer seems Standard, although for most, mornings are lighter and there are more sunrises to enjoy.

We can all do a little bit to conserve energy


If every person in my glass building closed their curtains, how much energy could we save?

Forget pumpkin spice — it’s real pumpkin season

My daughter came home for a few days last week and while we were out doing errands she bought herself some sort of pumpkin spice coffee.

Forget pumpkin spice — it's real pumpkin season

My daughter came home for a few days last week and while we were out doing errands she bought herself some sort of pumpkin spice coffee. Later she chose a pumpkin ale for our after-dinner game time.

Harvest time makes for happy season

My sister has a vegetable garden for the first time in many years, and she’s been delighted with how much she’s been able to grow in a small space — beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, greens and herbs.

Each day brings an intriguing kind of darkness

When the Jerusalem artichokes bloomed last week, I knew it was all over.

Noticing signs of the summer-to-fall change

Friday was the full moon, the harvest moon. It marks the end of summer and the start of fall, which officially starts on Thursday.

Growing up in the garden stays with a city kid

After I had a friend deliver my daughter a huge load of vegetables, I had pangs of remorse.

Basking in golden summer before yellow bus comes

On the first of July our friend John told us summer was over. We ignored him.

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