Free Will Astrology

Week of May 21, 2020

(May 21, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Excellence does not require perfection," wrote Aries author Henry James. Now I'm conveying this brilliant counsel to you—just in time for the season when it will...

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In the Wind on Humboldt Bay

(May 14, 2020) What do you do for fun outside in this era of physical distancing when the wind is blasting?  For 77-year-old Peter Portugal and his 40-year-old son Bohdi, the best answer...

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Nature or Nurture?

Part 2 of 2

(May 14, 2020) Last week I discussed linguist Noam Chomsky's theory of Universal Grammar, the idea that we're all born with some sort of "language module" that we adapt, at a very early...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of May 14, 2020

(May 14, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): During a pandemic, is it possible to spread the news about your talents and offerings? Yes! That's why I suggest you make sure that everyone who...

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Language: Nature or Nurture? (Part 1 of 2)

(May 7, 2020) "The linguist who does not display at least token interest in the Chomskyian endeavor is not considered 'a linguist linguist.'" — John McWhorter Forty years ago, while living in...

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Puzzles April 30, 2020

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Puzzles April 23, 2020

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Puzzles April 16, 2020

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HumBug: Early Spring Pollinators

(April 12, 2020) Spring is on the way. I saw my first trillium bloom of the year, and the daffodils and stone fruit trees are in full bloom. The last few sunny days...

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Puzzles April 9, 2020

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HumBug: A Recipe for History

(April 5, 2020) Driving back from San Francisco, I stopped on the side of the road to take a couple of pictures and collect a few oak apple galls. About a year...

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Fires and Masks

(April 2, 2020) I used to love to visit the Fire Museum in Tokyo. There you could see the traditional irezumi tattoos of firefighters along with models of the tight rows of...

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Puzzles April 2, 2020

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HumBug: Bugs in the City

(March 29, 2020) A quick trip to San Francisco a few weeks ago, when that was still possible yielded familiar creatures. At a rest area we saw at least three California tortoise shell...

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Blame Evolution

(Not a Chinese Lab)

(March 26, 2020) Many conspiracy theorists, who seem to make up about half the posters I'm seeing on Facebook these days, have glommed onto the idea that SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus causing the...

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Puzzles March 26, 2020

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Puzzles March 19, 2020

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Raptors at Chapman'sGem and Mineral

(March 18, 2020) Since childhood, dinosaurs have held a fascination for me. If dinosaurs roamed the earth today, my photo stories would probably be about them or, perhaps more likely, about dinosaurs at...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of March 19, 2020

(March 18, 2020) We interrupt your regularly scheduled horoscopes to offer insights about the virus-driven turning point that the whole world is now experiencing. As you've probably guessed, all of us are being...

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The 12-Second Life

(March 12, 2020) Human lives generally last for 2 billion to 3 billion seconds; the universe is nearly 14 billion years old. Looking at those two statements on my laptop, I feel slightly...

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Enlightening Strikes: SoHum Meditation Instructor's Home Set Ablaze by Lightning

(May 31, 2020) During yesterday morning’s thunderstorm, lightning struck a home in the Benbow area of Southern Humboldt. Dan Miller, a kundalini yoga teacher who teaches meditation, said he was lying awake...

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Public Health: Humboldt Confirms its 100th COVID-19 Case

(May 30, 2020) Humboldt County has now surpassed 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases, after Public Health announced two new positive tests this afternoon. The county reported today that after an additional 196 tests...

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Pandemic Widens Gaps in Regional Food Supply Chain

(May 30, 2020) Can we feed ourselves? This is a question the staff of the Humboldt Food Policy Council (a branch of the larger California organization) has been asking since 2012. Now,...

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