Historic outhouses underappreciated in Southwest
CORRALES, N.M. — At a time when life could be harsh in the American Southwest, outhouses served more than one important role. They provided structure, protected water resources and created important social norms, a New Mexico professor says.
Many of the aging wooden structures still dot the landscape in the region and across the Great Plains. Richard Melzer, a University of New Mexico-Valencia history professor, wants to see the iconic buildings preserved before they’re gone from the memory and legacy of the Old West.
Starting the fall with Oktobeerfest
BANGOR - October is knocking on our doorstep, and the third annual Oktobeerfest will be one of the first chances to celebrate the beginning of the fall. On Saturday, Oct. 3 from 1 to 6:30 p.m., Pickering Square will be home to live music, food and, as the name implies, plenty of beer to go around. Tickets will be $20 at the gate but only $15 if you buy them in advance. While supplies last, you also get a nifty commemorative pint glass with your ticket.
“We want to invite people to come, have fun and enjoy the fall before it gets too cold,” says Kathy Hardy, the Life Event manager for Townsquare Media Bangor, the company that has organized the event.
‘Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction’
Ever since mankind has grasped the concept of time, we have been trying to predict the future. Whole cottage industries have sprung up around the process of prediction. Knowing what is coming next is a need that borders on the obsessive within our culture.
‘Kitchen Matrix’ helps home cooks get creative
BERKELEY, Calif. — Mark Bittman has an exponential theory of cooking: If you can cook one dish, you can cook thousands.
And his latest cookbook, “Kitchen Matrix,” aims to help home cooks unlock that potential. But he does it minus much of the usual cookbook fodder. You won’t find chatty anecdotes or painstaking instructions spelling out every twist and turn of a recipe. You will get multiple and inventive riffs on single ingredients, as well as classic techniques presented as mix-and-match grids.
To attract wildlife, garden from ground to canopy
To attract wildlife to your garden, plant in layers, year-round, from ground level to tree canopy.
Birds, animals and insects need food, water and shelter to survive. In a garden, that means a mix of flowers, shrubs and trees.
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