The Curious Case of Pluto

The Curious Case of Pluto

(February 26, 2015) On July 14, NASA's "New Horizons" spacecraft will zip past distant Pluto, 7,000 miles above its icy surface, while traveling at 25,000 mph. New Horizons will complete a saga that...

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The Three P's of Spring

(February 19, 2015) It's February again, and time to start planting. Growing a garden is one of the best ways to get exercise, spend time outdoors and improve your diet and sense of...

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Over the Ridge

Hiking Stone Lagoon

(February 19, 2015) Twenty short years ago, a friend and I chanced upon the trail that leads from Dry Lagoon to Stone Lagoon but our exploration was quickly thwarted by an expanse of...

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The Kit

What you need for the sex you deserve

(February 12, 2015) In my work as a psychology teacher, and particularly in my practice as a psychologist, I've been witness to far too much suffering about sex. For something as potentially joyous,...

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V is for Viagra

(February 12, 2015) "A hard man is good to find," goes the saying. Hardness, in this case, results from blood flowing into and engorging the spongy tissue of the penis: the more blood...

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Gardening Under the Redwoods

(February 5, 2015) On a visit to Arizona some years ago, the sculptural beauty of the dry landscape was a huge highlight of my trip. Given that, I was taken aback by the...

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Thinking Outside the Galaxy

(January 29, 2015) When it comes to thinking outside the box, Nikolai Kardashev is your man. In 1963, the then 31-year-old Soviet astrophysicist ranked hypothetical extraterrestrial civilizations in terms of their energy use...

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Rash Decisions

Your guide to battling poison oak

(January 22, 2015) Exactly why I was thrashing around in the brush behind a trailer park south of Alton is a story for another day. But suffice to say my adventure did not...

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Take it Outside

Just hitting the gym isn't enough

(January 22, 2015) The gym: That altar to fitness, that sanctuary where we'll transform our flabby triceps into taut, tight muscles. Surely, at the gym we'll achieve the gleaming body of our dreams!...

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

(January 15, 2015) What is considered the world's first book? There was a time in the pre-Internet (practically Paleolithic) era, when I never thought to ask a question like that — too complicated...

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Adventure Club

Surprise! You have no idea what's next

(January 8, 2015) Kayaking. Pan drumming. Blacksmithing. Beer tasting. Glassblowing. Laughing yoga. Ziplining. In Adventure Club, the escapade is limited only by price and the imagination of the planner. Outings are monthly, with...

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in our blogs...

HumBug: Mysteries of the Variegated Meadowhawk

(February 22, 2015) Science always starts with a question. A few winters ago, walking along my favorite stretch of the Van Duzen River on a sunny day, I was surprised to see...

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Drowning Victim Identified as 33-Year-Old Eurekan

(February 17, 2015) The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who drowned in Redwood Creek after a rafting accident Friday afternoon as 33-year-old Jonathan Walsh Mellon, of Eureka. “We’re viewing this...

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On the Klamath dams front

(February 8, 2015) Former Oregon state senator Jason Atkinson has co-produced a new documentary about the conflict between users of the Klamath River and how they finally hashed out the historic Klamath Basin...

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