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Sandy Kurtz

Walking And Talking Turkey

Whenever you go to a foreign country, you inevitably make comparisons. After all, the U.S. is exceptional, right? Superiority verification is needed. For this column, searching for how others measure up on environmental ... more »

Jun 10, 2015 1:50 PM Shades of Green

Back to Nature at Your House

April showers bring May flowers. That old adage surely applies this year given all that rain we witnessed last month. A local farmer once told me never to plant anything before May 1. So—now’s the time! more »

May 13, 2015 1:46 PM Shades of Green

Tie A Ribbon To The Tree of Life

Radical hope comes to mind for me when spring arrives and life resurrects itself. How amazing is it that, against all odds, green shoots peek out and baby animals appear? What beauty there is in an Appalachian spring! more »

Apr 8, 2015 4:42 PM Shades of Green

Going Solar in the Scenic City

Drive down Lee Highway and turn onto Jubilee Drive. Soon, you’ll come to a solar array of 7,490 panels. This is the Chattanooga Airport’s 3-megawatt solar farm that currently produces enough energy to satisfy ... more »

Mar 11, 2015 4:48 PM Shades of Green

Time Once Again to Get Real

Once again, the holiday question arises: real or plastic? Is it best to purchase a living tree, a cut tree, or an artificial one you drag out for the next seven-to-nine years before sending it to the landfill? more »

Dec 10, 2014 5:14 PM Shades of Green

Keepers of the Garden Step Up with Solar

People of faith, it’s time to step up. If we are keepers of the Garden and the Garden is suffering, then action is required. Installing solar panels to reduce carbon footprints and help clean air for others is one moral thing to do. more »

May 15, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Future Shaped By Our Choices Now

If you expected a tropical disease epidemic to hit your community, what options would you have? If you saw the Southeastern US forest ecosystem weaken with loss of fragile plant and animal species, would you want to stop it and if so, how? more »

Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green

The Art of Wild Love

In fact, for most species, there is innate sexual desire. Romantic courting and love seem optional to many, but the merging of DNA and genes is necessary for any species to continue to exist. That drive is strong. more »

Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Green Reason for the Holiday Season

In Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul was observed in honor of the god Thor. Fires were lit to symbolize the warmth of the returning sun. Ancient Incas honored the sun god with a special festival during winter solstice. more »

Dec 12, 2013 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Earth-Friendly Holidays

Further, separating wants from needs will help save the Earth. How badly does one need an indoor flameless marshmallow roaster for $69.95, heated outdoor cat bowls ($49.95), or an automatic flameless LED candle ($39.95) from Hammacher Schlemmer? more »

Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM Shades of Green