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Natural History

Mushrooms as medicine, food, and nutrition

January 23, 2018

Which edible mushrooms are the favorites of survivalists? Of chefs? Are humans the only animals that feast on fungi? What kind of preparation makes a mushroom the most nutritious? Learn about using mushrooms as medicine, food, and nutrition from experts and authors of Mushrooms of the Southeast, Todd F. Elliott and Steven L. Stephenson.

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What is a natural life?

January 22, 2018

If you are entering adulthood right now, you will need to find a balance between the consumer life that dominates global media and advertising and a more natural life. To do so, you will need help from elders—parents, grandparents, teachers, and mentors. A more natural life is a braver choice, because it doesn’t conform to […]

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Poverty of values: Why we should love nature and use things—not the other way around

January 22, 2018

“It’s not difficult to find evidence that something is badly out of balance in the current version of the good life—the one based on consumption.”

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An interview with Marta McDowell of The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder

January 2, 2018

“Whether child or adult, I think she can lead us all back to nature, to a Wilder garden.” —Marta McDowell

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An interview with Mary Caperton Morton of Aerial Geology

January 2, 2018

“Just remember, traveling doesn’t have to be exotic or expensive. All you really need is time and a good pair of shoes.” —Mary Caperton Morton

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3 gift ideas for the garden geek

December 11, 2017

All gardeners are geeks in their own way but some gardeners dig deeper than others, seeking to discover how far the roots really go. For some people, plants are more than plants. They might be symbols of beauty (rose), peace (olive branch), perfection (orchid), or even death (poppy). Plants can be keys to understanding human […]

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Holiday gift picks, the Pacific Northwest edition

December 11, 2017

Books for both garden and outdoor enthusiasts are frequently regional. Since our office is located in Portland, Oregon, we may be a little partial to the PNW. . . so here are some titles that celebrate and share the mighty Pacific Northwest!

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Rocks for jocks: The ultimate North American climbing bucket list

October 31, 2017

The most vivid examples of North America’s geological diversity also happen to be a climber’s paradise. Learn some of the natural history surrounding these gems as conversation-starters for when you’re between routes swapping peak-bagging tales with fellow rock hounds.

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Wildlife spectacles and “scant regard for food-chain decorum”

October 23, 2017

In her article “Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain,” Natalie Angier details the unexpected hunting habits that are driving some researchers to consider mantises a class all their own. With 3D vision and “scant regard for food-chain decorum,” mantises may be less like insects and more like aspiring vertebrates. Inspired, and a little unnerved out […]

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The “rocky” history of North America: Supercontinents and plate tectonics

October 18, 2017

If you’re curious about the world around you, enjoy the big-picture perspective, and are interested in some of the processes that are constantly reshaping our planet, here’s a crash course on the basics of North America’s geology.

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