The Reluctant Skier

The Reluctant Skier

Helmets, hot toddies and the sport of staying upright

(January 18, 2018) I'm not much of a daredevil, although that hasn't always been the case. When I was growing up in Eureka, I rollerskated down Buhne Hill and rode motorcycles around Trinity...

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#MeToo

(January 18, 2018) I grew up in rural Maine in the 1960s. We lived a couple of miles outside of town. When I finished grammar school and prepared to enter the seventh grade...

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A Year After the Women’s March

(January 18, 2018) Last year at this time, I was preparing for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. — crossing the country to don my “pussy hat” and raise my fist alongside...

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HumBug: By the River and Under the Sand

(January 18, 2018) Here we are, middle of winter and once again I'm finding variegated meadowhawk dragonflies along the Van Duzen River, where I regularly walk. Although this is a small dragonfly,...

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HumBug: Pushing the Limits of Small

(January 11, 2018) Taking a break from splitting firewood, I noticed dozens of tiny creatures flying in the sunlight. Curious, I captured first a gall wasp, then a tiny rove beetle and,...

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HumBug: Winter Butterflies

(January 7, 2018) The winter solstice is passed but I can't see any lengthening in the days yet. It's almost not worth waking up for — at least it might seem that...

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Long Distance Voyager

(January 4, 2018) You decide to store your car in a garage, return to it 37 years later, jump in and turn the ignition key. If it starts right away, you deem it...

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HumBug: Heartworm

(December 31, 2017) I caught a new bug recently. Unfortunately, it was not the kind I could skewer with a pin and put in a frame, but the kind where you're supposed...

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Your Parasites' Parasites

The life-sustaining gray whale

(December 28, 2017) If you are presently trying to wake yourself up in a coffee shop, for example, go ahead and fold this paper up and take it home. Wait until you are...

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Take Two Aspirin

(December 21, 2017) It's a geezer thing. We old dudes typically start losing hair in our 60s, the crowns of our heads being the first to go — hence the monks' tonsure look....

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Predators and Paparazzi

(December 14, 2017) Ground Beetles Tip over a rock and you'll likely encounter something. Frequently, you'll see a black beetle a little smaller than a pumpkin seed scurry away from the light. These...

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Humboldt Municipal Water Board Ready to Appeal Planning Commission Decision

(January 22, 2018) John Friedenbach, general manager of the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, told the Journal today that his agency plans to appeal the Humboldt County Planning Commission's Jan. 12 decision to...

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Award-Winning Eel River Documentary Screens Tomorrow in Eureka

(January 18, 2018) The North Coast will get the chance tomorrow to take an up-close look at the Eel River, its history and its uncertain future. A River’s Last Chance, an award-winning documentary...

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High Surf Closes Bay Entrance

(January 18, 2018) The United States Coast Guard captain of the port has closed the entrance to Humboldt Bay due to high surf, the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Service wrote in a...

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