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Why Was Iowa The “Lumber King of the World?”

Why Was Iowa The “Lumber King of the World?”

Iowa is one of the states with the fewest trees, yet in the late 1800s we were the Lumber Kings of the World!  And, Clinton, Iowa's minor league baseball team proudly retains that name - Lumber Kings!  Why?  Read The Green Gazette (9-29-2019, Living L-09 and 10) to...

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Why Do Millipedes Always Lose Races?

Why Do Millipedes Always Lose Races?

Many people discovered one of the oldest types of animals in their yards and homes this year.  Millipedes. Usually common they have been especially visible in this humid rainy summer and fall. Millipedes have been around for millions of years doing the world a...

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Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?

Are You Prepared for a Power Outage?

Note: The below references to companies are Winding Pathways' own experiences with quality products. What Are Common Causes of Power Outages? Usually, people lose electric power because of a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or a windstorm that blows down trees. We were...

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Is Greta Thunberg Wrong?

Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Swedish girl, overcame challenges posed by autism to sail across the ocean and encourage people everywhere to work to reduce damage to the atmosphere and resulting climate change. She is inspiring, but is she wrong? Greta’s commitment...

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Why Is An Acorn Crop Erratic?

Why Is An Acorn Crop Erratic?

Delicious, Erratic Acorns Our back deck at Winding Pathways is an outstanding vantage point for watching butterflies, birds, and even our evening aerialist bats. The deck is perched over a deep, cool ravine with a stately black oak hovering above. That can be a...

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When do Birds Fly South?

When do Birds Fly South?

Swapping Birds All summer we’ve watched and listened to wren couples who built nests and raised young in our yard.  An Indigo Bunting welcomed each summer morning with his song and serenaded the evening until dark.  Early this spring, we marveled at the brilliantly...

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How Does a Broody Hen Teach Her Babies?

How Does a Broody Hen Teach Her Babies?

We were delighted when our Lavender Orpington hen started acting strangely. She fluffed up her feathers, spent most of her time in a nest box, and gave us a stern warning call if we came too close. She was broody. A broody hen simply wants to be a mother. Her ambition...

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Walking Labyrinths

Walking Labyrinths

Spring and summer have been great for walking labyrinths. Catch up with what has happened at the Phoenix Harmony Labyrinth since snowmelt. On your travels check out The Labyrinth Locator to find labyrinths along your path. Read more on the wonderment tab of Winding...

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Fireflies and Milkweed Walk

Fireflies and Milkweed Walk

Lights twinkled in the yard and labyrinth. The faint perfume of milkweed wafted up in the still, hot, early summer air. Calling. Calling. We had arrived home at dusk after a long journey home from the East. Still in “travel mode” we unpacked the car and put away most...

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