Greening the Garden

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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Give Up

Love and dating in your 30s and beyond

(February 9, 2017) When you reach a certain age and are still unattached, saying the words "I believe in love," sounds affected and masochistic. Love is a rough deal, and if —...

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Dawn Redwoods: Alive and Kicking!

(February 2, 2017) "If a man has to have a memorial or a monument to commemorate his life and his work, nothing could be more fitting than a living Dawn Redwood." — Andrew...

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Sowing Seeds of Sustainability

(February 2, 2017) I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to do in this weather is go outside and muck around in the garden. I thought about writing...

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Rained Out and Lit Up

(January 26, 2017) No Bugs Today Last week, for the first time in several hundred excursions along the Van Duzen River spanning over 20 years, I saw no bugs. Only the sad remnants...

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Wild Medicine

An herbal walkabout with Greta de la Montagne

(January 19, 2017) It's windy out and the clouds are a bruised, luminous purple not found anywhere, really, except the sky. Thunder rumbles across the bay from Eureka and Greta de la Montagne...

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How Sweet It Ain't

(January 19, 2017) Right about the time the U.S. government issued its first dietary guidelines in 1980, obesity and its evil twin, Type 2 diabetes, took off. In 1950, 12 percent of us...

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Going Natural

(January 5, 2017) Let's start the new year with some good news! We are constantly bombarded with bad news, most of which we can do little about. So here's the good news —...

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How to Run

My father's legacy

(January 5, 2017) I grew up in the home of a marathon runner: My father was always training for a race — or recovering from one. My mother, too, cultivated a steady habit...

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Crash Blossoms

(January 5, 2017) Ambiguity often gives a certain piquancy — and humor, per Groucho Marx — to our lives. Cover up the text below this paragraph and let's start off with a puzzle:...

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in our blogs...

HumBug: Season's Greetings

(February 20, 2017) Undaunted by the rain, I was out barbecuing a chicken a few nights ago when, attracted by my porch light, a moth buzzed me. I kept working but noted...

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Attack of the English Ivy

(February 16, 2017) A number of conservation groups, government branches and a logging company petitioned for a ban of selling English Ivy in California. Over 20 organizations, including the Environmental Protection Information...

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Food Sovereignty, Tribal Sovereignty

(February 15, 2017) When the Northern California Tribal Courts Coalition (NCTCC) was awarded a grant to improve tribal health last year, it didn’t hesitate in identifying food as the keystone. Spearheaded by Program...

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