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2010-09-01 14:47:14

"My job was to locate the previously marked study trees. . .and record data on the activity of treated blister rust cankers," wrote Charles "Terry " Shaw. "The work took [me] in rickety four-wheel drive vehicles to remote locations scattered across the white pine forests of northern Idaho." Shaw, now editor of a recently published special issue of Forest Pathology, described how 44 years ago, he and other young forestry students collected data about a destructive forest disease for senior...

2008-10-05 00:00:11

L ast week's mouth-watering articles in Weekend will have convinced many folk to plant apple trees in their gardens. These and other fruit trees make excellent choices because they are relatively small (size is governed by choice of rootstock) and pay at least double rent by flowering in spring and producing a crop of fruit that is both ornamental and edible. Those of us fascinated by wildlife will also be pleased that fruit trees attract a wide range of insects and birds. Now, while the...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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