Though many a northerner might beg to differ with Robert Frost’s somewhat flippant statement – “You can’t get too much winter in the winter” – there is a truth to the poet’s words that became evident when I looked into winter vocabulary.
Wintry word origins
According to etymologyonline.com, the word winter likely derives from a combination of Proto-Germanic, Norse, Dutch, and Gaul words which meant “wet” or “white.” The word snow dates from circa 1300, shares linguistic roots with winter and was alternatively spelled “snew” until the 1700s. Continue reading “Sketchbook Snapshot: taking a closer look at winter vocabulary”
I’m delighted to announce that my illustrated column, Drawn to Quebec, has been nominated for a provincial ‘Best Column Writing’ award! Scroll to the bottom for links to all the articles in the series, or keep reading to see what the nomination, from the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph‘s editorial team, says: “Bethann’s illustrated column, Drawn to Quebec, has been a breath of fresh air for the editorial team and our readership. Specifically, she raised our awareness of issues that we didn’t know. Her extensive knowledge of the natural world, combined with years’ of teaching experience, enable her to write in a conversational fashion, including the readers in her articles by using “we” and “our”. This approach has helped not just our readers, but our staff, feel as though they’re being spoken with (not at), and they’re actively participating in discovery and exploration of Quebec City’s nature/culture overlap. Continue reading “Drawn to Quebec: an illustrated newspaper column”
1. Human details tangibly bring a story to life.
Being able to relate to a researcher is key to having an interest in what that person researches. When a science story includes the scientist, a reader can hope for a quirky anecdote, a personal revelation that is highly intriguing, or even a zany description of the scientist’s physical attributes. Continue reading “3 reasons why we should tell stories about scientists, not just science.”
I am probably not alone in this, but one of my first loves is food.
That, and knowing where it comes from. After years studying exactly that question, and spending summer after summer grinding dirt into my knees, I had the happy opportunity to share some of what I’ve learned from numerous online, print and “walking” sources. Think of this series as a ‘pay it forward’ for other enthusiastic gardeners looking for a bit more information about what it’s like to garden where the earth is under several feet of snow half the year. If you have tips or tricks to share, let us know in the comments.