Girls Sell Lemonade For the Family of a Fallen Hero
The tragic death of Arvada police officer Gordon Beesley at the hands of a hateful shooter shocked and saddened the people of Arvada, Colorado, as they lost an active and well-loved community member and serviceman....
Taking a Trip? Keep Your Garden Alive While You Are Away
As COVID-19 restrictions start to loosen in many countries, people are once again busy booking flights and hotels. Aside from arranging caretakers for pets, one of the biggest worries for travelers is managing their garden...
Buchu: the Ancient ‘Miracle Herb’ of South Africa
South Africa's "miracle herb,” Agathosma Betulina, or Buchu, is a natural plant resource. Sometimes referred to as "The Cape's First Doctor," Buchu is found solely in South Africa's Western Cape area.  The flowering herb is...
Making pickles is a fun way to extend the life of your garden produce, and take advantage of the benefits offered by lactic acid fermentation.
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...