HumBug: Mystery Markings

HumBug: Mystery Markings

(April 20, 2017) I can't say how long it's been since I first noticed many of the honeybees in my backyard appeared to have been marked. Their thoraxes looked white and dusty...

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Turning the Page on Native Plants

(April 20, 2017) If you've been wanting to learn more about native plants, here are reviews of seven of my favorite books on the subject (all available in the Humboldt County Library). Bringing...

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Bad Sea Rising

Part 2 of 2

(April 20, 2017) Last week, we looked at predictions for Global Sea Level Rise, GSLR, which average out to between 3 and 8 feet by 2100. The scientific consensus is that all contributions...

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Bad Sea Rising

(Part 1 of 2)

(April 13, 2017) As our climate warms, one of the more under-recognized consequences for future generations is global sea level rise (GSLR), especially considering that nearly 4 billion people on Earth live within...

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The Fear: Karaoke

(April 13, 2017) Fear is exhausting. Constantly fighting, flying or freezing leaves me with nothing but fatigue. Everyone has fears and phobias, but I have so many: heights, drowning, clowns, abandonment, failure,...

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Plotting Out Your Garden: Part 2

(April 6, 2017) Last month we talked about the importance of planning out a garden design on paper to create a beautiful space that is easier to maintain, more abundant and, at the...

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Sailing on Big Lagoon

Booms, lines, knots and irons

(April 6, 2017) Growing up surrounded by fishing families, I regarded the local waterways not as playgrounds but as parts of a great wilderness in which some people risked their lives. And so...

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It's Nothing. Really.

(March 30, 2017) "Nothing" is about as slippery a concept as you can — or rather can't — imagine. Try to picture absolutely nothing at all. Is your nothing black, empty, soundless? Sorry,...

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The Vagaries of Family Survival

Traveling tales along the river

(March 30, 2017) One of my favorite purveyors of family accounts was my great aunt Violet's treasured cousin Ramona. Back in the days of her spritely late 80s (she passed away when she...

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The Function of Design

(March 23, 2017) In previous columns, I've addressed sustainability issues in landscape design. Here I'd like to focus on several functional issues. Welcoming Entries It's a good idea to provide a gracious way...

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The Weirdness of English

Part 2 of 2

(March 16, 2017) Last time, we saw how the precursor of English, Proto-Germanic, was an oddball among other languages derived from the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) spoken by nomads in present-day Ukraine around 6,000...

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Science!

(April 24, 2017) Local scientists, students of all ages and other advocates for science-based decision making joined more than 600 other March for Science events in cities around the U.S. to both...

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101 Closed Until at Least Next Week; Rain Forecast to Return

(April 21, 2017) Caltrans is estimating a possible reopening of U.S. Highway 101 sometime mid-to-late next week and is warning travelers to expect detours of up to seven hours until the roadway can...

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Cannifest Destiny

(April 17, 2017) Attending Cannifest at Redwood Acres was clearly a high point of the weekend for a large crowd in attendance on Saturday. The "sustainable agriculture" event, billed as "Humboldt's manifest...

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