Monthly Archives: April 2021

Book Review: Creating Rain Gardens

Creating Rain Gardens: Capturing The Rain For Your Own Water-Efficient Garden, by Cleo Woefle-Erskine and Apryl Uncapher It appears that quite a few books seek to answer the question of how one goes about making rain gardens, or where one … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens: Sustainable Landscaping For A Beautiful Yard And A Healthy World, by Lynn M. Steiner and Robert W. Domm Rain gardens have become a popular way of trying to make cultivated lands in key areas a lot better at … Continue reading

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Mainly Local

One of the more unusual aspects of our world is the way that there is such a great focus on that which is local. Once upon a time, a great deal of gardening and growing crops was local because the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Native Alternatives To Invasive Plants

Native Alternatives To Invasive Plants, by C. Colston Burrell It is easy to credit this book with good intentions. The author has an obvious desire to encourage the greater use of plants that have been neglected among America’s native plants … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gardening With Native Plants Of The Pacific Northwest

Gardening With Native Plants Of The Pacific Northwest, by Arthur R. Kruckseberg What is the motive for writing a book like this one? To be sure, I am no great shakes as a gardener, but for a variety of reasons … Continue reading

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Lord Acton’s Revenge

Lord Acton, a British politician of the middle of the 19th century, is best known for his aphorism on the corruptive influence of power. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Rarely has a lesson been so appropriate for our … Continue reading

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If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

One of the more humorous aspects of life in the contemporary world is the mania that people have for change for the sake of change. There is a widespread belief, and it has been the case for some time, that … Continue reading

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Is Fame Abuse?

One of the more underlying but consistent themes that I write about concerning celebrity culture is the rather demented nature of it. One does not have to look very hard to see that fame is hard on people. Celebrities lose … Continue reading

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On The Gravity Of Interactions

From time to time I wonder about the gravity that people exert in their personal lives. Yesterday, for example, while I was at services, one of my friends looked at my face and wondered if I wanted to talk, and … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Case Of The Missing Welsh DNA

I had always been told by my family that there was some Welsh DNA in my family background, and this would make sense for obvious genealogical reasons. After all, my official great-grandfather on one of my paternal lines is one … Continue reading

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