Country Matters

Country Matters

(February 11, 2016) Soon after I moved from London to New Zealand in the 1960s, I was taken aback when a Kiwi friend referred to a mutual acquaintance as "a good cunt,...

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Kayak Picnic

Get your Valentine on the water

(February 11, 2016) Getting on the water in a kayak rewards the adventurous with golden-ticket access to the beaches and hidden estuaries of Humboldt County. Paddling across the glassy sheen of Stone Lagoon...

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Steamy Windows

Sex in the car. Again.

(February 11, 2016) My husband and I used to have a lot of sex in the car. Once upon a time because we were young and in love and didn't have a place...

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Native Plants, the Designer Way

(February 4, 2016) Our regional plants offer so many ways to deepen our relationship with the environment around us. Not only do they attract birds and native insects (which form the base...

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The Dead and the Glowing

(January 28, 2016) Skeletons in My Closet I collected my first insect when I about 6. It was a honeybee from the iceplant in my front yard. That was followed by a...

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Is the Dodo Effect Dead?

(January 21, 2016) In 1936, American psychologist Saul Rosenzweig published a paper in The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry that made waves still felt 80 years later. Reviewing the various types of talk therapy...

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Medicinal Flowers

(January 21, 2016) I am primarily a food gardener, but there are a handful of flowering medicinal plants that I always include in my garden. Not only useful for home remedies, they provide...

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The Best Medicine

Getting a lift from laughter yoga

(January 21, 2016) I was not in a light mood the damp Monday afternoon when I headed over to the Om Shala Yoga Center in Arcata to attend my first laughter yoga session....

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Our place in space

(January 14, 2016) In my unrepresentative poll, it seems all of us who grew up in the 1950s used to expand our addresses way beyond local streets and towns as children. For instance,...

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KonMari in the Garden

Creating an uncluttered space that sparks joy

(January 14, 2016) For anyone who has read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, the KonMari method will need no introduction. For those who haven't, this soft-spoken Japanese woman and...

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Cray Cray

For crawdad fishing

(January 7, 2016) Crayfish, mud bugs, swamp lobsters or crawdads — call them what you like; these little crustaceans are as delicious as they are abundant in freshwater along the North Coast. I...

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Photo Contest!

(February 10, 2016) It’s been a wet winter, and I don’t think we’re alone in saying we’d kind of forgotten what that felt like. But now that back-to-back months of double digit...

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Arcata, HSU Eying $3.2 Million Property

(February 10, 2016) The city of Arcata and Humboldt State University are researching the potential purchase of a plot of land that butts up against the city's Community Forest and the school’s campus....

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HumBug: A Winter Walk

(February 7, 2016) Tuesday was mostly clear so I put off house cleaning and took a walk. Along the road I saw a few pale lavender colored Milkmaid flowers (Cardamine californica). They...

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