Dedham Public Library Updates

The library has added Creativebug as a database which offers access to thousands of videos and tutorials related to arts, crafts, DIYs, cooking, and more.Ancestry.com is now available from home. Use your library card and start searching millions of National Archives records today.Program videos are shared on the DPL Facebook page everyday; programs range from […]

Seed libraries sow more than good will

This is a way to get free seed, true enough, but there are more reasons to participate. It’s a way to increase use of heirloom and other open-pollinated varieties in a world in which hybrids and seed patents limit seed saving. Also, when the seed you get was donated from a nearby garden, it is […]

Botanical library celebrates 45th anniversary in Golden Gate Park

In Oakland, a nonprofit known as the Plant Exchange has been helping gardeners for 10 years. Their plant exchanges are free, volunteer-staffed events to which people bring unwanted plants and other garden supplies, as well as books, and take home what others have left. In the past couple of years, activities have included fundraising sales […]

Sick and angry: Some public health officers are showing stress of coronavirus

Meanwhile, some officials are feuding with each other. On Wednesday, San Jose officials announced projections of more than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the next 12 weeks. That prompted Santa Clara County officials to shoot back — declaring that “the model shared by the city of San Jose … was not produced, reviewed, or vetted by […]

Remembering Native American Lynching Victims

In November 1897, for example, masked men stormed a Williamsport, North Dakota, jail, dragged three Native American prisoners from their cells and hanged them from a nearby beef windlass — a device used to hoist cattle carcasses. Paul Holy Track, Alex Cadotte and Phillip Ireland had been implicated in the murder of a white family; […]

Social distancing guide: Turn page after page, for free

Open Culture (opencultu re.com): The repository of open-source material lists links that direct you to sites offering free classics. Listing is alphabetical, so don’t be put off if you see the works of Aeschylus at the top. There’s also Kafka, CS Lewis, George Orwell. The site also lists links to free archives, online courses, lectures […]

Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush

But Johnson can also be serious. His historical judgments are generally sound, though there’s more than a whiff of projection here. On the matter of Churchill’s “semi-ideology,” as Johnson rather deftly puts it, he seems both to be describing his hero and writing his own manifesto. To him, Churchill “was radical precisely because he was […]

Keeler: What does a Rockies fan who’s been to every opening day since 1993 do when there isn’t one?

“There’s nothing to do,” Dudley countered. “I’ve got a couple of (recorded) games I can watch. But it’s like you know the outcomes. And that’s the whole magic of sports: It’s always different. You never know what’s going to happen.”

Billie Eilish opens up about surreal stardom at the tender age of 18: ‘People put on a green and black wig and pretend to be me’

Quarantining together: The accomplished siblings said they had been watching a lot of TV, including the 2008 Jim Carrey movie Yes Man, the Netflix show Love is Blind, Hulu’s Hillary Clinton documentary Hillary, and BBC Three’s Fleabag 

Coronavirus live updates: Newsom issues order protecting consumers from price gouging

12:13 p.m. Business, taxpayer groups urge Newsom to extend property tax deadline: The California Taxpayers Association, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California Chamber of Commerce and 75 local business and taxpayer groups urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to extend the April 10 deadline for paying the second installment of this year’s property tax until July 15. In […]