It's Nothing. Really.

It's Nothing. Really.

(March 30, 2017) "Nothing" is about as slippery a concept as you can — or rather can't — imagine. Try to picture absolutely nothing at all. Is your nothing black, empty, soundless? Sorry,...

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The Vagaries of Family Survival

Traveling tales along the river

(March 30, 2017) One of my favorite purveyors of family accounts was my great aunt Violet's treasured cousin Ramona. Back in the days of her spritely late 80s (she passed away when she...

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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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Ruling Puts Martens Up For Endangered Species Reconsideration

(March 28, 2017) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will likely need to revisit providing endangered species protections to the coastal marten after a federal court judge today overturned the agency’s decision not...

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HumBug: Come Closer, Said the Fly to the Fly

(March 26, 2017) Recently, scientists have calculated that spiders devour between 400 and 800 million tons of insects annually. Right now in my yard, though, on the fence where the white clematis chokes...

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In 'Crisis,' Yuroks Suspend Commercial Salmon Season

(March 25, 2017) For the second year in a row, the Yurok Tribe will not have a commercial fishery — a devastating blow to the tribe’s culture and economy. “We are in...

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