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Hardwired in my DNA is a deep refusal to ever be landlocked, aside from maybe a week or two of vacation. I have to live within sniffing if not spitting distance of a large body of water, preferably … more
I just spent an hour scrolling through dozens of images of spiders — some of them much too close-up for comfort — to answer a question that must be at the front of your mind if it’s … more
Making wood furniture was a time and labor intensive job prior to the mid-nineteenth century. All pieces were made by hand. Lambert Hitchcock thought that there must be a better way. He began to mass … more
When I was a kid I knew a girl named Anemone. No matter how carefully I concentrated, placing my tongue against the roof of my mouth just so and squinting to see the spelling against my eyelids, I … more
You probably shouldn’t listen to me. Whatever I said before about July sowings of zinnias coming into bloom within weeks might be true, but I can show you no evidence to support it. At the … more
My plan today was to entertain you with a litany of disappointments. Ways my garden—I—failed this year. And I will. But after taking a long overdue walk around (whenever the sun becomes a … more
You already know I’m not a killer. I let aphids feast on my rosebuds, I shoo mosquitoes unless I feel unfairly plagued, I don’t hate wasps, and I try to redirect ants’ marches … more
Bristol's designation as a Tree City USA reflects the impressive canopy that shades much of the town and town's efforts to protect the variety of trees that line the town's streets. The canopy got … more
I had a friendly debate the other day with a fellow professional gardener that might have devolved into a heated argument if I hadn’t capitulated. We were talking about one of my favorite … more
One of my earliest horticultural memories falls on a perfect June day at the beginning of strawberry season. I remember lying belly down, feet windshield-wipering, eating wild strawberries plucked … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.