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December 2019

Monday Mystery Answered

On Monday I wrote:

Screen Shot 2019-10-15 at 6.17.32 PMSaw this on eBay for $500.

Why might it be a steal?

(The answer is in my ghost story, "Phantoms of the Ramapos." You can download the free e-book, set in 1938 in Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus and Mahwah here.)

The answer: The five-dollar bill might be a steal because it (theoretically) could have been part of the $10,511.77, stolen from the First National Bank of Allendale in downtown Allendale on April 7, 1938. The money was never recovered but the phantoms live on.  (The building was most recently a Bank of America branch.)

You can also download "Phantoms" as a pdf here:

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My Column: Feed Birds in Winter or All Year?

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My new column in The Record's Better Living section today addresses that age-old question: Should you feed wild birds only in winter or year-round?

(The photo of the Red-bellied Woodpecker is by Barbara Dilger. Thanks, Barbara!)

The short answer: it's complicated. The column addresses the reasons why and not, with a loScreen Shot 2019-12-11 at 5.48.05 PMok at the definitive book on the subject of feeding birds, "Birds at My Table: Why We Feed Wild Birds and Why It Matters," by Darryl Jones of Australia.  

After reading the book, I sent Darryl some followup questions, He responded:

"I've been a back yard birder for 30 years but only feeding seriously for about five.

I live in the subtropics so there's no actual winter. So feeding is year-round but always from a low intervention perspective.

I am not trying to provide all the nutrients required just a potentially useful snack.

It would be different if we had a brutal winter but we are experiencing a terrible extended drought and so our modest provisions may be important.

You can download the column here:

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