Black English

(December 5, 2019) "Black English ... is a kind of tune-up of the English language. Some of the needless complexities are wiped away, just as happened all along the journey from Proto-Indo-European to...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Dec. 5, 2019

(December 5, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): In composing this oracle, I have called on the unruly wisdom of Vivienne Westwood. She's the fashion designer who incorporated the punk esthetic into mainstream styles....

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Blackouts and Enchanted Gardens

(November 28, 2019) Here on the home farm, we used October's electricity-free hours to get ahead of winter gardening chores. Our clover cover crop has successfully germinated and the leaves on the apple...

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Lost in Space

Big Dipper over Trinidad

(November 28, 2019) The planet hung silently in space. A tiny jewel in the blackness, it was a half-lit marble of greens and browns and blues and whites. But it was more than...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Nov. 28, 2019

(November 28, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Humans invented the plow in 4,500 BC, the wheel in 4,000 BC, and writing in 3,400 BC. But long before that, by 6,000 BC, they had...

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HumBug: Revisiting Old (Poisonous) Friends

(November 24, 2019) Back on Oct 2., 2016, I posted an article on the infestation of western black widow (Latrodactus hesperus) spiders at the Carlotta Post Office. Just this week my wife and...

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The Donbass Saga

(November 21, 2019) A recent essay on the Clarke Historical Museum's website about how Eureka came to be electrified attracted a single, terse comment: "Nothing beats the story of the Donbass." Although...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Nov. 21, 2019

(November 21, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Beware of what disturbs the heart," said Ibn Mas'ud, a companion of the prophet Mohammed. "If something unsettles your heart, then abandon it." My wise Aries...

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HumBug: Late Butterflies, Hornets and Moths

(November 17, 2019) A quick walk along the Van Duzen River turned up one each variegated meadowhawk and shadow darner dragonflies neither of which allowed me to get close enough to get a...

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Not What it Looks Like

(November 14, 2019) A harmless imposter Being the local "bug guy," I was recently asked about a spider that looked "almost exactly like a black widow" but lacked the distinctive red hourglass...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Nov. 14, 2019

(November 14, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): If there are any potential Aries heroes or leaders or saviors out there, the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to fully bloom...

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HumBug: Spiders at School

(November 10, 2019) I recently did some walkabout lectures at a local middle school. The format was to walk around the campus for about 45 minutes and discourse on the various organisms we...

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How to Win $1 Million

(November 7, 2019) It's simple. Prove the Goldbach Conjecture: Every even integer greater than two is the sum of two primes. Shouldn't be too hard, right? Figure it out and you'll win...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Nov. 7, 2019

(November 7, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries psychologist James Hillman said we keep "our images and fantasies at arm's length because they are so full of love." They're also quite flammable, he...

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HumBug: An Innocent Imposter

(November 3, 2019) Being the local “Bug Guy” I was recently asked about a spider that looked “almost exactly like a black widow,” but lacked the distinctive red hourglass on the underside of...

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Witch/Fossil Hunt!

Beachcombing for the real thing

(October 31, 2019) I apologize in advance to anyone who didn't want to be transported to this alternate universe just now. But you can relax because the only difference between this new universe...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Oct. 31, 2019

(October 31, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do you have any skill in fulfilling the wishes and answering the prayers of your allies? Have you developed a capacity to tune in to what...

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HumBug: Ashes and Dancers

(October 27, 2019) While I was doing a bit of outside work atop a ladder, several tiny chalk white dots flew with slow grace. They often appeared almost magically as they meandered through...

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Inheriting an Obsession from My Mother

And writing my way to forgiving her

(October 24, 2019) I came running into the house, my cheeks flushed from swinging. My mother was sitting at her favorite perch, the embroidered rocking chair. "Honey, I want to talk to you...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Oct. 24, 2019

(October 24, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Singapore has one of the world's lowest fertility rate. A few years ago, this state of affairs prompted the government to urge Singaporeans to have sex...

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With Covered California Deadline Approaching, Officials Say New Subsidies and Eligibility Requirements Are Available

(December 7, 2019) If you want to sign up for health insurance through Covered California and enter 2020 insured, you’re running out of time. The Dec. 15 deadline to sign up in...

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Lone Swan Graces Benbow

(December 4, 2019) A lone swan is swimming on the Eel River at Benbow. Though swans are not unknown in the area, it is somewhat rare to see one in Southern...

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FIFTH UPDATE: 101 at Miranda is Back Open After 'Multiple Collisions'

(November 27, 2019) FIFTH UPDATE: Caltrans reports at 3:30 p.m. that traffic on U.S. Highway 101 at Miranda is now moving. Southbound lanes have been moving, with northbound expected to open "any minute...

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