Wild Medicine

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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Grow and Die

(December 22, 2016) Until now, "grow or die" has pretty much summed up capitalism. A company that only maintains its present output and profitability will be outgunned by young, flexible, hungry upstarts. Not...

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Fruit Tree Pruning 101

(December 22, 2016) People often hire me to prune their fruit trees this time of year. While I appreciate the work, most basic pruning, especially on young trees that haven't been previously damaged...

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Drop it Like a Pot

Fishing for Dungeness crab

(December 15, 2016) Last weekend my dad and I got out for his birthday. We launched our old inflatable boat, powered by a small outboard motor, and took off out of the bay...

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Epic Battles

Indoors and outside

(December 15, 2016) Man vs. Fruit Fly Confined to my house for some weeks by illness, I missed my usual walks along the Van Duzen River. Fortunately for me, there is seldom a shortage...

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We're All Above Average

(December 8, 2016) Most of us consider ourselves better and smarter than average. According to sociologists who study "illusory superiority," 94 percent of U.S. college professors rate themselves superior to their colleagues, while...

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Season's Greetings for the Garden

(December 8, 2016) Take a look at your garden right now. Do you like what you see? Creating gardens that are attractive in all four seasons is one of the goals of landscape...

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in our blogs...

HumBug: All Aglow

(January 22, 2017) The other day I received my new ultraviolet (black light) 51 LED flashlight from Amazon.com ($9.99). A significant upgrade from my old one. I discovered that some millipedes glow brilliantly...

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With the Flu Season Here, There's Still Time to Vaccinate

(January 17, 2017) There’s good and bad news about this year’s flu season. The bad news: It’s here. The good news: The current shot is a close match to the strain that...

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The Return of the California Condor

(January 17, 2017) The Yurok Tribe led a major effort to restore a bird that hasn’t been seen on the North Coast for over a century. The Tribe teamed up with a number...

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