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In response to: They're Here: Spotted Lanternflies Hatching

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M. Frable:

Ugh, sorry to hear the bad news. However, I'm grateful for your vigilance. You're within the quarantine area, right? if not, you should report the sighting. Good luck.

https://extension.psu.edu/pda-adds-7-counties-to-spotted-lanternfly-quarantine-zone

05/31/18 @ 12:10

In response to: They're Here: Spotted Lanternflies Hatching

Comment from: M.Frable [Visitor]
M.Frable

Found one lonely adult in our pool late last summer, then found a grouping of nymphs last FALL on our pine trees . . . not sure why so late in the year but the thing that drew our eyes in the first place was a constant hovering of yellow jackets on the ground and on a covered wheelbarrow under the trees. After determining there were no nests, we looked up and saw the nymphs! Bees were partaking in the honeydew (black sugary tarlike substance) left behind by nymphs that will destroy the trees. Telltale sign. For sure we've spent the winter searching our property as well, but as you show above, they could nest ANYWHERE! Gonna spend a good deal of time inspecting the yard now!

05/31/18 @ 11:48

In response to: They're Here: Spotted Lanternflies Hatching

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Sharon:

Tree of Heaven can be a little difficult to identify at first because it is similar to black walnut as well as sumac. Check out the links; authorities advise that you remove MOST of the Tree of Heaven. The remaining ones you then treat for the lanternfly, which makes it deadly bait. Look for the tree along the edge of your driveway. I don't have it here because it's too wet.

Tree of Heaven Fact Sheet

Basal Application and Hack & Squirt Technique Explained

Be very careful about glyphosate (Roundup). It's overuse is causing major problems in the environment. By mixing it with a carrier oil you essentially create a "paint," which allows you to target the application. Spring, sadly, is not the best time for treatment.

Excellent presentation describing lanternfly life cycle and potential damage

Good luck!

05/31/18 @ 08:05

In response to: They're Here: Spotted Lanternflies Hatching

Comment from: Sharon [Visitor]
Sharon

Just spotted one the other day while Brian and I were outside doing yard work. At first wasn’t sure what kind of bug it was but then quickly realized what it was!

05/31/18 @ 06:27

In response to: Assault Weapons, Entertainment Violence, and a Culture We Must Change.

Comment from: Janet [Visitor]
Janet

Hi Ruth....YOU nailed it. Our society today is rude, rushed, narcissistic, all for me, etc. quite an article...right on, girl!

04/07/18 @ 09:19

In response to: Assault Weapons, Entertainment Violence, and a Culture We Must Change.

Comment from: JOY CONNELL [Visitor]
JOY CONNELL

Thank you Ruth for a "Call for Peace"! I just read it again and feel an urge to keep trying. Trying to do the decent thing toward my fellow men! I don't believe we are born with hate in our hearts, loathing must be taught. I believe right from wrong is innate to our being.
Yes; we need to STOP and ask ourselves the question; "Where am I going; what am I doing as it relates to the world?" I know I can't change the world but I can alter my thinking to have a positive effect on my circle of friends. It's almost enough that I will be able to feel good about doing good.
The Universe is a wonderous place with an abundence of energy for survival. Humanity however is not content with basics we must conquer and redesign (some of this is human nature) to our benefit. In short we are greedy creatures never satisfied! We are like bulldozers plowing ahead regardless of the circumstances.
Our culture and society are a direct result of the competitive syndrome - everyone in it for themselves and nobody at home. Where our children are left on their own being taught by their devices and excesses of violence. It is no wonder they develop misconceptions on how we are to behave.
It's so easy to get caught up in the commotion in what we view. I started watching Criminal Minds enjoying the genius effort to solve the crime. However it got grizzlier and grizzlier, downright GROSS so I had to stop. Of course I'm left with choices on basic TV of repeated weather and 'fake' news..(a pun)
So where should we turn? Take the high road even if it's not popular or easy. Take pause and examine the results of your work, Take time to be grateful for all the lessons of life and know that if you are still here there is a sacred reason. Trust your heart and trust God! Never stop trying to do better one little step at a time.
But what do I know?

04/05/18 @ 15:36

In response to: Assault Weapons, Entertainment Violence, and a Culture We Must Change.

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Those with a big heart often feel like giving up - don't ever lose Hope! Sometimes that's all we have, sometimes that's all we need!

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04/04/18 @ 20:42

In response to: The Case of the Missing Bat

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rosalisa

You have educated me once again. Thank you for your enlightening, succinct, and thought provoking topics.

10/30/17 @ 18:18

In response to: The Case of the Missing Bat

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Karen and Joy: I'm glad that I was able to sway your opinions of the bat, even if just a little.

And Joy, admittedly, my first reaction to a bat in the bedroom would very likely be to hide under a pillow.

:)

10/30/17 @ 17:48

In response to: The Case of the Missing Bat

Comment from: Joy Connell [Visitor]
Joy Connell
4 stars

You did it again; got my attention and just maybe sympthetic awareness on a subject - 'I rather not go there'!
Haloween seems appropriate for these little fellows since they are definitely scary (to most of us) Yes ignorance is bliss and don't know what to say about "old wives tales". But once we see the LIGHT it is hard to hide under a pillow - so please keep doing what your doing.
Enlightenment feels good........Joy

10/30/17 @ 10:16

In response to: The Case of the Missing Bat

Comment from: Karen [Visitor]
Karen

Hi Ruth - excellent article - and I just thought they were ugly and liked to nose dive kids at dusk (which happened all summer in my back yard when I was young!) I had no idea the good they do the environment

10/30/17 @ 08:55

In response to: The Ruins of Ego

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Sven:

First, please accept my sincere apologies for the very late reply to your post. I had a bit of a glitch and was not receiving proper notification.

Second, thank you for the quote (and comment). That about sums it up.

Last, yes, recite that statement whenever you feel the weight of things today is too much to handle!

Sincerely,

Ruth

10/02/17 @ 11:25

In response to: The Ruins of Ego

Comment from: Sven [Visitor]
Sven
5 stars

This is really profound and beautiful on many levels. I so relate to the modesty part and while it seems counterintuitive that that's Ego acting out, it feels 100% true. I'm reminded of Charles Bukowski's somewhat harsh but resonating quote: 'The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.'

Perhaps simply daring to recite that statement with full conviction is a first step to healing?

09/22/17 @ 01:50

In response to: Standing inside what could be.

Comment from: Mike M [Visitor]
Mike M
5 stars

Great article Ruth!!! I LOVE this line...

"the seeds and roots and flesh of the victims endlessly transferred to the lives of the future"

As one who loves nature and also as a woodworker, I have a vast appreciation for our forests, Creating things out of wood gives me a hands on connection to the trees who's bounty I now repurpose.

06/10/17 @ 11:00

In response to: Standing inside what could be.

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Thank you, Steve. I often think of you when we travel, wishing we would take more of those talked-about camping trips together with you. In the meantime, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

06/10/17 @ 10:28

In response to: Standing inside what could be.

Comment from: Steve [Visitor]
Steve
5 stars

Nice column, I always like your insight into the surrounding world.

06/10/17 @ 07:49

In response to: Cracks in the Sidewalk

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Janet, Elly, Joy, and Judy: I truly appreciate your encouragement, and I'm glad to hear this was well received. It wasn't easy to write. I'm not wanting to offend, but neither am I wanting to continue to keep quiet.

It's comforting to know you feel the same. We're all in this together. :)

04/03/17 @ 10:46

In response to: Cracks in the Sidewalk

Comment from: Judy [Visitor]
Judy
5 stars

"I cannot understand you until I’ve truly been you, and I cannot be anything other than who I am." That has always summed it up for me. Thanks for writing this, you've outdone yourself yet again! I label myself as human and really, that's all that should matter. It also doesn't make me any better than a non-human, just a different species.

03/29/17 @ 13:23

In response to: Cracks in the Sidewalk

Comment from: Joy Connell [Visitor]
Joy Connell
5 stars

Lots and lots of good material in this dissertation! Yes; and I think you could go on and on - why not?Why not turn this into a book? We all need to ponder these uprisings more deliberately, to understand each persons position. We do need to take a stand from time to time regarding things harmful to our happiness and very existence. We are all human but individual just the same!
Personally; my life's agenda was to becoming something; something others would recognize and appreciate. It took forever to understand that being myself was all I needed to be successful. In fact it is our differences that make us essential to the whole once acceptance is uncovered.
Oh I wish there was a way for everyone to be happy and come together in acceptance - I wish that loving my neighbor was a reality and that contentment wasn't such a lonely place. I know this though; there is Harmony underneath the cracks in the sidewalk and Truth is the Key........

03/23/17 @ 18:36

In response to: Cracks in the Sidewalk

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elly_sadorf
5 stars

Ruth,
With all the political junk out there today, I was feeling saturated. This writing is a breath of fresh air - it contains common sense and shows a desire to just live and let live. We all need to stop labeling and judging others. This was the best thing I have read in years!!

03/23/17 @ 09:51