Hardy Vegetables and Fragrant Flowers

Planting a feast for the senses in early spring

(April 18, 2019) As springtime sunshine beckons us outdoors, here on the home farm we are rolling up our sleeves and heading out for some serious time in the garden. Daylight hours...

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Youth Struck

How the March 15 student protest changed my view on marches

(April 18, 2019) I don't consider myself an activist. I am way too hypocritical for that. I don't often participate in direct actions. I don't like the earnestness, the black-and-white rhetoric, the...

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Studying Sammy the Crab

And tips for my alien abductors

(April 18, 2019) I can tell from comments on my previous story that space aliens read this paper. So I'm providing them with my abduction instructions here. (Pro-tip for other Chosen Ones: Clip...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of April 18, 2019

(April 18, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): French writer Simone de Beauvoir sent a letter to her lover, Aries author Nelson Algren. She wrote, "I like so much the way you are so...

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HumBug: Bugs Between the Raindrops

(April 14, 2019) Despite the dreary weather, life must go on. Eager to get along with their lives, our local insects show up even for the brief patches of sunshine that occasionally...

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Our Worst Mistake, Part 2

(April 11, 2019) Last week, we looked at anthropologist Jared Diamond's claim that the Neolithic Revolution, when most hunter-gatherers settled down to become farmers, was "the worst mistake in the history of the...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of April 11, 2019

(April 11, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Qing Dynasty controlled China from the mid-17th century to the early 20th century. It was the fifth biggest empire in world history. But eventually it...

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HumBug: Looks Can be Deceiving

(April 7, 2019) Last week I mentioned a large shiny black bee that visited my rosemary plants. In all my field guides the only large shiny black bees are carpenter bees, genus...

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Our Worst Mistake, Part 1

(April 4, 2019) The downturn in human nutrition began long before Ray Kroc brought Big Macs to the masses, Coca Cola conned developing countries into buying their addictive sugary concoctions and Nestlé...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of April 4, 2019

(April 4, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): A mushroom shaped like a horse's hoof grows on birch trees in parts of Europe and the U.S. If you strip off its outer layer, you...

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HumBug: Partial Sun, Chance of Butterflies and Bees

(March 31, 2019) Well, at least we had one sunny day. Along with the rest of us, the insects crawled from their hidey holes in bark crevasses, burrows in the ground and...

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So, You're Bike Curious?

Tips for women ready to ride a motorcycle

(March 28, 2019) Have you always wanted to ride but don't know anyone who else who does? I hear it all the time when I tell women I ride. It makes me...

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Spring Revival and Indoor Death

(March 28, 2019) Spring at last After a few false starts it feels like spring is finally underway. Days ago, a walk in the woods with my dogs produced a tick. I've...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of March 28, 2019

(March 28, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Kermit the Frog from Sesame Street is the world's most famous puppet. He has recorded songs, starred in films and TV shows, and written an autobiography....

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HumBug: Spring May Have Finally Sprung

(March 24, 2019) After a few false starts it feels like spring is finally underway. Days ago, a walk in the woods with my dogs produced a tick. I've said before I...

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Measuring the Meter

(March 21, 2019) We're spatial creatures. We live in a three-dimensional world, with our fourth "dimension" — time — conceptualized in terms of space. That is, we refer to time as if it...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of March 21, 2019

(March 21, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): During the coming weeks, everything that needs to happen will indeed happen if you surprise yourself on a regular basis. So I hope you will place...

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The Particulars of Pruning

Planning spring gardens with shears and on paper

(March 14, 2019) With the mercury hovering in the frost zone, here on the home farm we're enjoying the rush of chilly temperatures. An essential but often overlooked element of successful home...

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Steller Sea Lyin'

Roomy enough to sleep in

(March 14, 2019) Some people hunt for meat and some people hunt for trophies — or both, or whatever. They tend to get the proper licenses, take safety classes and all of...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of March 14, 2019

(March 14, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): The coming weeks might be a good time to acquire a flamethrower. It would come in handy if you felt the urge to go to a...

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North Coast Night Lights: Musings at Moonstone Cave

(April 17, 2019) We stood in the mouth of the cavern, looking out through a great broken crack in the blackness into the night as if through a window into another world....

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HumBug: Bugs Between the Raindrops

(April 14, 2019) Despite the dreary weather, life must go on. Eager to get along with their lives, our local insects show up even for the brief patches of sunshine that occasionally...

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'We Were Blindsided:' Crab Fishing Closure Could Mean Millions in Losses

(April 14, 2019) At the April 9 Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting, the security check-in station resembled a metropolitan airport with a long line of people stretched out the courthouse doors...

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