HumBug: Deadly Darlingtonias

(June 23, 2019) About two hours north of Eureka on State Route 199, a few miles past Gasquet, a small sign announces “Botanical Trail.” It's a very short drive on a good...

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It Didn't Get Better, I Did

Reflections during Pride month

(June 20, 2019) Happy Pride month! I am so excited to be living in a time when the LGBTQ+ community has experienced so much progress that we are able to have an entire...

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Global Population and Kids

(June 20, 2019) The only proven method for curbing population growth is to eradicate extreme poverty and give people better lives, including education and contraceptives. — Hans Rosling, Factfulness Quick quiz to get...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of June 20, 2019

(June 20, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Orfield Laboratories is an architectural company that designs rooms for ultimate comfort. They sculpt the acoustic environment so that sounds are soft, clear, and pleasant to...

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A Totally Biased Review of an Elementary School Play

(June 13, 2019) Full disclosure: Since I was a kid, I've hated school plays. With their choruses of singing first-grade elves, their trays of stale refreshments and drama coaches who may have...

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Every Agate Hunter for Themselves

(June 13, 2019) I don't usually advocate violence. But beachcombing for agates is one of my exceptions. Use the following info and tips to get an edge on the retirees and their horrible...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of June 13, 2019

(June 13, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): We may not have to travel to other planets to find alien life. Instead of launching expensive missions to other planets, we could look for exotic...

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HumBug: Dining Out in June

(June 9, 2019) The fifth of June invited me to take my favorite stroll along the Van Duzen River. Things are at last heating up in the insect world. While I was...

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Liking the Cage

Fighting my way out of the cycle of incarceration

(June 6, 2019) When I was 23 I arrived at the same correctional facility that my father was sent to a week before his high school graduation in 1972. This would be a...

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Terraforming Mars

Part 2 of 2

(June 6, 2019) Last week, we looked at the difference between "terraforming-lite," warming Mars to the point where it has a thick carbon dioxide atmosphere and liquid water oceans, and "full terraforming," where...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of June 6, 2019

(June 6, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): "I don't think we were ever meant to hear the same song sung exactly the same way more than once in a lifetime," says poet Linh...

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HumBug: A Walk in the Woods

(June 2, 2019) When I looked out today the sun was shining and the bugs were out. I set my computer and camera to acquire a stack of photos of a snail...

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Terraforming Mars

Part 1 of 2

(May 30, 2019) Say the word quickly and it doesn't sound that difficult. We know how to warm Earth (unfortunately) so it shouldn't take much to warm much smaller Mars. After that, it's...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of May 30, 2019

(May 30, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the coming weeks it will make good sense for you to travel down winding paths replete with interesting twists and provocative turns. The zigzags you'll...

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HumBug: A Patch of Daisies

(May 26, 2019) Driving along U.S. Highway 101 lately, you see patches of newly emerging ox-eye daisies (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum). As idyllic as they might seem from a distance, there's a lot going...

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For the Glory and All the Marbles

Gearing up for the Kinetic Grand Championship

(May 23, 2019) Every Memorial Day weekend, sculptures come to life with the beating hearts of those furiously pedaling and rowing inside them. With a 50-mile course around Humboldt County, one would assume...

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A Creative Mess

Ornamental vs. productive gardens

(May 23, 2019) A creative mess is better than tidy idleness," stated a neatly typed sign on the door to our grandmother's art room. Inside were shelves overflowing with art supplies, canvases stacked...

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Bald Faced Fliers and Beetle Mania

(May 23, 2019) The bald faced truth I decided to devote this week's contribution to a single unpopular species. Known for its large size, aggressive behavior and powerful sting, the bald faced...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of May 23, 2019

(May 23, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the coming weeks, I suspect you will have the wisdom to criticize yourself in constructive ways that will at least partially solve a long-standing problem....

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HumBug: School Days

(May 19, 2019) I was recently invited to give a slide show and talk to the second graders at a local school. Everytime I do this, we have fun. This time I...

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HumBug: Deadly Darlingtonias

(June 23, 2019) About two hours north of Eureka on State Route 199, a few miles past Gasquet, a small sign announces “Botanical Trail.” It's a very short drive on a good...

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UPDATE: 5.6 Quake Rumbles Humboldt; No Tsunami Danger

(June 22, 2019) UPDATE: Minor damage has been reported from this evening’s magnitude-5.6 earthquake that struck southwest of Petrolia in areas of Southern Humboldt County, including Garberville and Redway. The Shop Smart...

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SLO Betta Blues

(June 17, 2019) These are getting harder to write. We’re a baker’s dozen games into the season, still three games under .500 at 5-8, and looking poised to remain so. “This is...

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