HumBug: Late Bloomers Get All the Action

(October 20, 2019) Flowers being few and far between lately, nectar-sipping insects are also scarce. A few straggling rabbit brush plants concentrate relict butterflies, having completed their reproductive cycle living out their lives...

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The Night the Lights Went Out

(October 17, 2019) I grew up in a home off the grid. We moved there when I was a kid, starting with no electricity at all and using kerosene lamps for light. We...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Oct. 17, 2019

(October 17, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): "We can't change anything until we get some fresh ideas, until we begin to see things differently," wrote Aries psychologist James Hillman. I agree. And that's...

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HumBug: Fall along the River

(October 13, 2019) There are next to no flowers blooming now. Most adult insects have lived out their lives, their eggs and larvae sequestered in anticipation of winter. The showiest life is along...

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Getting Covered and Putting up Apples

And other tasks for October harvest

(October 11, 2019) As the leaves turn color and pumpkins on the vine become more orange by the day, we welcome autumn on the home farm. Harvest season offers reward for carefully tending...

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Is Science Done For?

Part two: Applied science

(October 11, 2019) Last time, I discussed the possibility that pure science has reached some fundamental limits ("Is Science Done For? Part 1: Pure Science," Sept. 26). This "end of science" idea was...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Oct. 10, 2019

(October 11, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself," wrote poet André Breton. I think that's an excellent principle to put at...

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HumBug: Hello, Handsome

(October 6, 2019) While moving firewood, I happened on a small beetle with an interesting pronatum. Its orange thorax was flared outward. A quick look up in Pacific Northwest Insects showed me it...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Oct. 3, 2019

(October 3, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 1956, the U.S. federal government launched a program to build 40,000 miles of high-speed roads to connect all major American cities. It was completed 36...

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HumBug: Friends and Enemies

(September 29, 2019) This week I started to write about spiders and ended up buying a book on mosquitoes. In the recently published book The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator, author...

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Is Science Done For?

Part one: Pure science

(September 26, 2019) A story attributed to the wily Sufi philosopher Nasrudin tells of a man who offended the king and was condemned to die. "Give me but a year, lord, and...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Sept. 26, 2019

(September 26, 2019) (March 21-April 19): Comedian John Cleese speaks of two different modes toward which we humans gravitate. The closed style is tight, guarded, rigid, controlling, hierarchical and tunnel-visioned. The open is...

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HumBug: An Autumnal Walk

(September 22, 2019) Walking along the Van Duzen River, we spotted a medium sized black and orange wasp industriously digging a hole in the sand. Although similar in many ways, she was smaller...

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LampshellLosers

(September 19, 2019) I spotted the hairiest and smelliest hippie ever in the woods one day. But he lumbered away looking back over his shoulder. Then, unseen, he taught me how to communicate...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Sept. 19, 2019

(September 19, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): We're in the equinoctial season. During this pregnant pause, the sun seems to hover directly over the equator; the lengths of night and day are equal....

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HumBug: Missing Dragonflies

(September 15, 2019) This summer I have been bemoaning the lack of dragonflies along my stretch of Van Duzen River. The number of species is low as is the number of individuals of...

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Survey Markers and Olympic Medals

(September 12, 2019) Observant walkers strolling down Ninth Street in Eureka between A and L streets may have wondered about the occasional incongruent circular metal discs anchored into the south sidewalk bearing the...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Sept. 12, 2019

(September 12, 2019) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Hi, I'm your sales representative for UnTherapy, a free program designed to provide healing strategies for people who are trying too hard. Forgive me for being...

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HumBug: Caddisflies and Fishing Flies

(September 8, 2019) When I was a boy, my dad introduced me to the joys and frustrations of trout fishing. In his opinion the best bait were what he called "periwinkles," little bugs...

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Out of the Water and into the Sky

Mayflies, dragonflies and damselflies

(September 5, 2019) Mayflies on the Van Duzen Getting a late start, I made my way down to the river after the sun had gone from the canyon. I noted many tiny flying...

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HumBug: Late Bloomers Get All the Action

(October 20, 2019) Flowers being few and far between lately, nectar-sipping insects are also scarce. A few straggling rabbit brush plants concentrate relict butterflies, having completed their reproductive cycle living out their lives...

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Yurok Tribe to Buy Mad River Brewing

(October 16, 2019) Hold onto your Steelhead. The Yurok Agricultural Corporation, which is owned by the Yurok Tribe, announced today it’s in the process of purchasing the 30-year-old Mad River Brewing and its...

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Large Surf Headed to Local Beaches

(October 16, 2019) The National Weather Office in Eureka is reminding Humboldt County residents of the oft-said mantra — never turn your back on the ocean — especially with the first major...

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