LIFE

Make Your Own Pickles and Enjoy the Benefits of Lactic Acid Fermentation
The fermentation of various foods has been practiced throughout the ages and in every culture. Traditionally valued as a means of preserving food, it is now recognized that fermentation also offers many health benefits, such...
A 5-Point Checklist for Snapping Safe Selfies
Taking selfies is a popular and entertaining way to keep up with friends, so of course, dramatic and powerful images are often sought after. But all too often, we see that taking selfies in potentially...
The ‘Dragon Blood’ Trees of the Arabian Sea: Popular Pigment, Medicine and Mysticism
The Socotra Dragon Tree, dracaena cinnabari, is a member of the Asparagaceae family native to the island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea. Dracaena cinnabari is unusual in both its longevity and the fact that,...
The Feast of the Tassels–An Ancient Chinese Story of Forgiveness
King Zhuang of Chu (楚莊王) was one of the Five Hegemons of the Spring and Autumn Period (春秋五霸, 770-476 B.C.), and the most accomplished monarch of Chu. At a celebration after the suppression of a...
Duckling Calls for Help at Stanwood Library Door
There are times when you're unsure of what to do, the best course of action is to visit your local library. In an effort to save its brothers and sisters, a courageous duckling waddled right...
Mobile Magnetic North – Should We Be Concerned, and What Can We Do?
The earth’s magnetosphere is a continuously fluctuating magnetic field that extends an average of 40,000 miles above the earth’s surface. This field is generated by activity 1,800 miles below the earth’s surface - the movement...
July Fourth at Mount Vernon: an All American Celebration
On this hot and sunny Fourth of July, a crowd gathered on the lawn of Mount Vernon to view an actor in a chestnut brown frock coat and white stockings. Unfolding a large document while...
From a Custodian to Teacher: Turning Dream into Reality
What do you plan to do when you are 40? For many people, it may be to travel the world, buy a house, or prepare for early retirement. But for Tylan Bailey, he wanted to...
Purslane and Other Incredible Edibles – Wild Edibles Part II
Eating seasonally is one of the most efficient ways to maintain health, harmony, and vitality. Shopping your local farmer’s markets, belonging to a CSA, and growing your own produce are all great ways to ensure...