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Susan Pincus ’08 on enjoying herbal infusions

  Many of us are familiar with herbal teas from drinking store-bought tea bags filled with herbs like chamomile or mint. Tea bags are great, but there is so much more to the herbal world: a vast resource of potential plant allies that can be…... » Read more

Marylee Bomboy ’67: Four Easy Ways to Get Started Birdwatching

¶ I never aspired to become a birder; indeed, I never really looked at birds or knew anyone who did until 1980, when I went on a safari to Kenya. My husband and I were excited to see the incredible animals—elephants, rhino, zebra, giraffes, lions—but…... » Read more

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Nobel Prize or New Puppy: The Art of the Class Note

... The class of 1952 just celebrated our sixty-fifth reunion. For sixty-five years the Alumnae Quarterly has arrived in our mailbox every three months! We have progressed from ink wells and blotters to smartphones. We still read our class notes. (As it turns out, class…... » Read more

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The Maven: Rethinking Your Turf

In the 1700s European aristocrats invented a new landscaping feature: the lawn. Intended as a status symbol, lawns leapt across the ocean to estates in America, then spread throughout the country with the rise of the suburbs. Today lawns are a staple of our suburban…... » Read more