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Feeding wildlife isn’t the kind deed it appears to be

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Wouldn’t it be nice if every good intention resulted in good things happening? There should be some physical law stating such, up there with the law

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Who knew glitter could be harmful? But it can

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples This is a glittery season, with sparkly ornaments, cards, lights and stars twinkling in a clear night sky. Glitter accompanies the art supplies in craft arsenals,

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Light is returning, and so is power

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples The winter solstice was Dec. 22, so we are now past the shortest day of the year, and the light is returning with incrementally increasing days.

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Carol of the birds has Arkansas connections

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Ever wondered why there are so many birds in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” What species is the song referencing? Can we see those

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Natural food coloring an experiment in progress

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Sometimes we seek a return to the simpler ways of the past using the values of the present, in hope for a healthier future. But sometimes,

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Tiny birds use big brains to survive winter

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Like many of our native birds — cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, vultures, and owls, to name a few — chickadees don’t migrate. Despite their small size,

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Pumpkin bread thrives on substitutions

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Even though I’ve been an alternative baker for half a decade, it’s a rare gem of a recipe that can handle the kinds of substitutions required

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Terra Studios makes best choice for the world right now

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Terra Studios recently announced that they will be suspending glass blowing demonstrations and ceasing production of their classic Bluebirds of Happiness until technology is available to

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Time To Reach Out

Season may be lonely one for people without people AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples This holiday season, in between family gatherings and special programs, gift-giving and volunteering, feasting, decorating and celebrating,

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New energy grid would share what’s available

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples There have been many times when the structure of society has dramatically changed. Where once there were mud roads upon which horses pulled wagons, now there