Giant House Spider: harmless to humans, helpful to the environment

By Christa LeGrande, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Environmental Division volunteer   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Now that winter is upon us and the days are getting colder, animals of all kinds, including us humans, seek warmer locales to survive the blustery cold.   One such creature we’re likely to find more…

Pilgrim’s progress: Finding Vonnegut in Dresden

DRESDEN, Germany — If you’ve never read Kurt Vonnegut’s book “Slaughterhouse Five” let me sum it up for you in three words — “So it goes.”   The story loosely reconstructs Vonnegut’s time as a World War II prisoner of war — with an emphasis on the word “loosely.”  …

Put down the video games: How one school is turning kids back to nature

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Let’s face it. Kids today don’t get out much. According to research published in the journal Nature, 88 percent of kids spend time online every day and 69 percent play video games or watch television every day.   What’s more, kids ages 10-16 spend only 12.6 minutes…