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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Life: The Long Game

(November 24, 2016) Last time, I made the case that life on Earth started on Mars. Now, 4 billion years later, that life has evolved to the point where we can start thinking...

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Bring us a Shrubbery!

Best plants for an edible hedge

(November 24, 2016) No garden is complete without a yummy patch of edible, perennial shrubbery! Even a small garden can squeeze in a few brambles, berries or 'chokes. To create a low-maintenance food...

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in our blogs...

HumBug: No Bugs Today

(January 15, 2017) Last week, for the first time in several hundred excursions along the Van Duzen River spanning over 20 years, I saw no bugs. Only the sad remnants of a...

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Flooding Expected on the Eel, Van Duzen

(January 9, 2017) With more rain in the forecast, officials are warning that the Eel and Van Duzen rivers are expected to crest their banks as low-lying areas of the county flood...

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HumBug: Great Beginnings

(January 8, 2017) A great way to start the New Year! Astronomically, meterologically and biologically, winter solstice marks the end/beginning of our annual cycle. My year is starting off most auspiciously. About...

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