The Function of Design

The Function of Design

(March 23, 2017) In previous columns, I've addressed sustainability issues in landscape design. Here I'd like to focus on several functional issues. Welcoming Entries It's a good idea to provide a gracious way...

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The Weirdness of English

Part 2 of 2

(March 16, 2017) Last time, we saw how the precursor of English, Proto-Germanic, was an oddball among other languages derived from the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) spoken by nomads in present-day Ukraine around 6,000...

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Second Skin

Building Greenland kayaks in Ferndale

(March 16, 2017) Nestled in the back of Mind's Eye Manufactory & Coffee Lounge in downtown Ferndale, behind the counter where barristas serve up lattes and muffins, lies a wall of windows...

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Still Standing: The legacy of Women's Grove

(March 16, 2017) The instant I stepped out of my car and into Women’s Grove, I was hit by the scent of rain-soaked earth and redwood bark — a smell that I will...

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Think Outside the Garden Box

(March 9, 2017) Whether we realize it or not, all of us are designers. And all design is ecological design in that it either hurts or helps nature, regardless of the intent. As...

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Shoo, Fly

Pussy willows and unwanted fellows

(March 9, 2017) Willows on the River It was sunny when I went to get my hiking boots but by the time I got dressed and out the door, it was 49 degrees...

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Paddling Forward

The steady work of resistance

(March 2, 2017) With the smell of coffee wafting from a nearby restaurant, we place our paddle boards on the glassy surface of Humboldt Bay. Earlier that morning, my husband had woken me...

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A Starting Place: Resources to #Resist

(March 2, 2017) Here are the numbers Humboldt County residents need to call our representatives: Senator Dianne Feinstein Washington, D.C. Office: (202)224-3841 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510 San Francisco Office:...

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The Weirdness of English

Part 1 of 2

(March 2, 2017) English is a mutt of a language, the bastard tongue of a bastard tongue, to use popular linguist John McWhorter's phrase. He was addressing the fact that the language you're...

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Greening the Garden

(February 23, 2017) My column last month focused on how sustainable landscaping promotes biodiversity. Following are several other important components of sustainable landscaping. Conserve water In this era of water shortages, a sustainable...

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Sheep Dates

(February 16, 2017) The chronology of sheep, aka sheep dates, starts around the same time as the great change from nomadic hunting and gathering to settled agriculture, around 10,000 years ago. Sheep...

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Logging On

(March 20, 2017) Redwood Acres Fairgrounds transformed into the 79th annual Redwood Region Logging Conference in Eureka this weekend. The sounds of saw mills and chainsaw carvers at work and the...

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TL;DR: The Cannabis Issue

(March 19, 2017) Busy week? We get it. Here are some highlights from this week's cover package to get you caught up. Humboldt County's biggest industry is in flux as it moves from...

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HumBug: In the Key of Bee

(March 19, 2017) We've finally had three days of warmish weather and the garden is abuzz with the sounds of busy bees. If you listen carefully, you can hear each species with...

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