September 14, 2013 |
It took a while, but goldenrod is finally in rehab. Yes, you'll still see the wild ones scrambling through roadside ditches, unruly plumes of vivid yellow that scream "I am so out of control!" And yes, people with hay fever still recoil from it, mistaking it for ragweed. But it's ragweed pollen, not goldenrod, that causes all those allergic sniffles in late summer and early fall. The rap is so unfair - and so yesterday. Goldenrod is moving from pariah to player in the garden world, its reputation redeemed by converging trends: Gardening for wildlife.
July 29, 2013 |
One in a series of occasional articles about the regional effects of climate change and how we're coping. Even though she'd been walking in the woods for only a few minutes, Jen McIntyre was in distress. Tears were running down her cheeks. She couldn't breathe through her nose. "I feel like this is our new reality," McIntyre said recently of the allergies that have begun to plague her. McIntyre, 43, of Mount Airy, never had allergies, aside from reactions to the odd dog or horse.
July 28, 2013
Sufferers can track pollen counts on an iPhone app, iPollenCount, and at the website for the National Allergy Bureau: www.aaaai.org/global/nab-pollen-counts.aspx . Avoid peak times for pollen exposure (hot, dry, windy days, often between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). If you must be outside, a dust mask may help. Wash your clothes more often. Shower and wash your hair before going to bed. Even wiping your hair, skin, and equipment before coming inside can help. Don't dry clothes outside on high-pollen days.
June 6, 2013
DURING my morning commute on SEPTA, I overheard several people discussing how their allergies have never been worse than they are this week. I can personally attest to that, as my own allergies flare daily. While this may seem like a normal spike in pollen we see this time of year, several studies have found that global warming is responsible for the increases in pollen and air pollution that are causing us all to suffer. The warmer temperatures and higher CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere allow plants to pollinate sooner and to pollinate for longer periods of time.
April 4, 2013 |
In some seasons, pollen is up. In others, down. And then there are those - like this one - that are all over the place, with cold following warmth following cold following warmth, nipping the buds every time they start to, well, bud. Tuesday's tree-pollen counts locally were the highest so far this season, but still less than a sixth of last year's high, and a potentially suppressing rain was predicted for Friday. Counts are rising late this spring. "Last year was a mild but quite moist winter, and the season started earlier and lasted longer," said S. Michael Phillips, director of clinical allergies and immunology at the University of Pennsylvania.
March 2, 2012 |
This mild winter evidently is something to sneeze at. Seduced by three months of gentle weather, trees throughout the Philadelphia area have begun emitting their pollen well ahead of schedule as they begin their annual reproductive frenzy. It is all happening so quickly that Donald Dvorin, an allergist who is the region's official pollen tracker, will start posting his daily counts next week, about 10 days earlier than usual. Dvorin said his decision was prompted by his patients - allergy-sufferers ambushed by the microscopic grains.
March 1, 2012 |
This mild winter evidently is something to sneeze at. Seduced by three months of gentle weather, trees throughout the Philadelphia area have begun emitting their pollen well ahead of schedule as they begin their annual reproductive frenzy. It's all happening so quickly that Dr. Donald Dvorin, an allergist who is the region's official pollen tracker, will start posting his daily counts next week, about 10 days earlier than usual. Dvorin said his decision was prompted by his patients - allergy-sufferers ambushed by the microscopic grains.
April 12, 2010 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Turns out, there really was more than one story line out there among all the dogwoods and pollen this week. And ultimately, the one that will live on was pretty indelible as well. Probably just a little more heart tugging, too. For Phil Mickelson, it has always been about family. So this was mostly about emotion. Some 11 months ago, his wife, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, so was his mother, Mary. In June, Lefty played in the U.S. Open, his first tournament since they received the news.
December 29, 2007 |
I'VE NEVER been one to make New Year's resolutions. I prefer my failures in small increments, so I make my resolutions weekly, and they usually come at the urging of my wife. How does it work, you ask? Well, sometimes she corners me at dinner, mere moments after the children have welcomed me home like a conquering hero. "Solomon, when are you gonna vacuum the inside of that car?" she'll ask, knowing that I must commit to doing it, or risk shattering the little ones' view of their father.
October 4, 2007 |
One morning last week, a new product was being touted on the chalkboard on the sidewalk in front of Le Petit Mitron, the anomalous patisserie francaise across from the R-5 SEPTA station in the borough of Narberth. Henceforth, in addition to its celebrated croissants, its quiches and fresh-baked French pastries, it would be carrying the local honey of one Scott T. Bartow - "exclusivly. " The word had been slightly truncated, perhaps to fit as the chalk-writer ran out of room.