Spotting for Spots

Spotting for Spots

(July 23, 2015) Artful Dodgers Today, faced with the humdrum task of taking old stuff out to the compost bin, I grabbed a camera on the off chance I might see something more...

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Downhill All the Way?

Rome and the USA

(July 16, 2015) "The U.S. is going the way of Rome!" has become practically a catchphrase among so-called "declinists" of all stripes. The parallels are so legionary (so to speak) and the general...

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Wisdom of the Weeds

(July 16, 2015) "Weeds are weeds only from our human egotistical point of view, because they grow where we do not want them. In nature, however, they play an important and interesting role....

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Summer of Baby Love

Hiking with little ones in tow

(July 9, 2015) Last summer was beautiful. I know because I watched each warm, blue-skyed day from the couch in my living room. I have lovely French doors in my living room that...

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Must be Present to Win

The secret to better-than-porn sex

(July 9, 2015) I love good smut as much as the next person — maybe more — but there's something tragic about porn being our main source of sexual information. Decades ago, young...

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Go Mediterranean

A stylish and water-wise landscape

(July 2, 2015) Colorful yet refined, Mediterranean garden design seems to touch on so much of what's right in the gardening world today: an emphasis on tough, unthirsty plantings which thrive in our...

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Cool Contrails

(July 2, 2015) Contrails — condensation trails — those long, thin white streaks of water droplets or ice crystals that form behind jet airplanes, are very cool. Literally. The hot exhaust from a jet...

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Climate Change 101

Part 2: Ocean Acidification

(June 18, 2015) In my last column, I discussed the confusion around the terms "global warming" and "climate change:" Global warming, the change in average surface temperature, is just one aspect of the...

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Humboldt Homegrown Tomatoes

Tips for temperate gardeners

(June 18, 2015) In a foggy, temperate climate, most of us know the drill: Start seeds indoors in early spring and use grow lights if you have 'em. Plant in fertile soil with...

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Climate Change 101

Part 1: Global Warming

(June 11, 2015) Confusion reigns around the terms "global warming" and "climate change." I often see gleeful blog comments from climate-change deniers to the effect of, Scientists are so unsure of global warming...

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Six Continents in Eight Blocks

A walk among the trees in Arcata

(June 11, 2015) Whether in their natural ecosystems, on old estates or in botanical gardens, the value of being in the presence of trees has been recognized for centuries. This, I believe, helps...

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HumBug: Tiny and Primitive

(July 26, 2015) If you have sharp eyes or good glasses, pick up a potted plant and you might see a tiny gray thing, not much larger than the period at the...

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Skilled Nursing Facilities Now Taking Patients

(July 24, 2015) Lisa Ciccanti, spokesperson for St. Joseph Hospital, confirmed that local skilled nursing facilities have begun accepting patients from the hospital again. St. Joseph had previously been told by the facilities'...

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To the Buzzer

(July 22, 2015) The 94th annual Fortuna Rodeo rode into the sunset on Sunday, July 19. Horses, firetrucks, bands and floats made their way down Main Street for the parade, and kids...

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