Category: environment

Taro, the Root of a Culture

November 20th, 2014
In our travels around Kauai recently, Belle and I were introduced to the strange and wondrous world of taro, a root or tuber plant that grows very well in that island. Like cassava and manioc, taro is a plant that when boiled and pulverized produces a v… more »

The Storm Season is Here

October 29th, 2014
Here in the Pacific Northwest we know that the fall season has finally arrived with the onslaught of storms, bringing rain, winds, and heavy wave action. Since moving down to Victoria over three years ago, we have taken great delight going out to the co… more »

A Coho Run on the Gorge: Jumping All Over The Place

October 19th, 2014
Residents of and visitors to the Gorge Waterway these days are being treated to a spectacular scene in the form of a late-season coho run. These pesky salmon can be seen jumping at least five to six feet in the air as they make their way to the mouth o… more »

Big Oil, Its Past Success Its Own Worst Enemy!

October 17th, 2014
Talk about an industry that is sold out to making unbridled profit while it can. Sounds reasonable if we were dealing with a resource that didn't come with a lot of environmental warnings and controversies. Though I continue to support the responsible c… more »

Amazing Weather for October

October 9th, 2014
Our Indian summer here on the west coast seems to be moving into October without so much as by your leave. We are almost at the middle of the month and the weather is still mainly sunny and mild, with occasional showers that drop only the minimal amount… more »

Karen Berger and Daniel R. Smith's "The Pacific Crest Trail" - One Monstrous Trail

September 5th, 2014
As an avid day hiker, I look at trails like the Pacific Crest as meant for the immortals who walk on clouds and seek realms beyond human comprehension. Having said that, the authors, professional hikers themselves who have covered this monstrous trek in… more »

The Parable of the Flea Beetles

August 19th, 2014
Matthew's gospel talks about a farmer going out to sow, and while he scattered his seed some fell on good ground, some fell on rocky ground, and some fell among the thistles. Our Lord doesn't mention anything about any of it sprouting up only to be devo… more »

John Edward Huth's "The Lost Art of Finding Our Way" - Discovering the World We Live and Move In

July 24th, 2014
I have nothing but praise for this historical study as to how we have as a civilization attempted to find our way around our natural habitat called the earth. Before modern satellite technology such as GPS, humankind depended on techniques or methods li… more »

Earthship to Earth, Do You Read Us?

July 20th, 2014
I have recently become aware of this international organization given to designing and building alternative forms of living. While not a Habitat for Humanity-style organization, this group professes to promote a better way to living that is both environ… more »

Living Through a Heatwave

July 12th, 2014
According to David Phillips, an esteemed senior climatologist of Environment Canada for the past forty-six years, western Canada could be in for a very warm/hot summer this year. It seems that the El Nino effect is just starting and dominant high-pressu… more »
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