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A Glimpse of Nature -- Common Milkweed

Two weeks ago, I shared an image of an eastern tiger swallowtail perched on a plant.  The butterfly got the spotlight.  Butterflies always get the spotlight.  Today we’re going to give some attention to the extraordinary plant:  common milkweed.  Most of the time when I read about milkweed, people describe it as a necessary evil to support monarch butterflies.  The pitch goes something like this:  “milkweed is unattractive but we must allow it to live, or even plant a few in our gardens, if we want to prevent monarchs from going extinct.”  I just don’t get it.  I love milkweed!

Early Voting in Easton

On March 16th the governor signed legislation – An Act further providing Early Voting by Mail – that allows registered voters to qualify to vote by mail for 2021 elections held on or before June 30th.

Easton is currently accepting vote by mail applications. Here are some details and links for vote by mail as well as voting on election day. Early voting in person is not offered for this election.

Where Madness Lies: An Author Talk with Sylvia True

Sylvia True talks about her second novel, Where Madness Lies, a story about hope and redemption, about what we pass on, both genetically and culturally. It is about the high price of repression, and how one woman, who lost nearly everything, must be willing to reveal the failures of the past in order to save future generations. With chilling echoes of our time, The novel is based on a true story of the author’s own family.

Master Class Online - Amazing Journey: The Story of the National Black Doll Museum

Debra Britt tells the history of the National Black Doll Museum, a rare non-profit institution established in 2004. As one of the founders of this one-of-a-kind institution, she presents and discusses her experiences, describes the Museum's unique collection, and explain the development of exhibitions. She also provides insight into her unique educational and community outreach programs, funding challenges, and her commitment to the communities she serves.

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