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ISawArkansas

National treasures are as enchanting and novel as Route 66, moon rocks, the Grand Canyon, Tabor Opera House and The Delta Queen. A national treasure is a shared cultural asset, so it seems reasonable...

The Nature of Eureka

Milksickness Madness The Autumnal Equinox has just passed. Summer wildflowers are beginning to fade. It is also a time, codified in American history, that the season of “milk sickness” would soon end. “The localities of the...

The Dirt on Nicky

I planted four kinds of beets in my garden this weekend. Somebody grew those seeds somewhere, and it wasn’t me. I also planted two kinds of lettuce, one of which I saved from last...

ISawArkansas

Turmoil catapults us into harmony, whether we’re acting as an individual or a nation. Really, when we’re disillusioned or confused, isn’t improvement the next step? I don’t know, either. Last Saturday I had quality garage time...

HavingREELFun

Plunk! Twitch, twitch. Then water explodes and the rod nearly ripples from your hands. The bass sprints toward cover, then changes direction in a nanosecond, erupting into air like a missile. Seeing a bass jump...

The Dirt on Nicky

It’s daikon season! Ho ho ho… There is an adage in China, “Eating pungent radish and drinking hot tea, let the starved doctors beg on their knees.” This seems a bit drastic for me since...

ISawArkansas

Another perk of working here is we have little Leo Alvarado, a one-year-old astrological Leo, look at us as though we’re sources of high entertainment. Leo’s schedule puts him here on Wednesdays. He gets...

HavingREELFun

Another week in paradise having a blast turning people on to the beauty of nature. Whether we were out sightseeing or out catching big fish, it’s really all about being out there. On our...

The Nature of Eureka

Syphilitic Blues A plant I seek out this time of year to enjoy its sheer beauty is great blue lobelia which occurs in the wet soil along the edge of creeks, wet prairied, and seeps....

The Dirt on Nicky

Cheaper than therapy Gardens are cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. If I had a bell pepper, I’d ring it in the mo-or-ning . . . “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a...
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