Spider Sticks

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                                                 A spider stick is any handy light branch or stem which you have stripped of its leaves and twigs, cut to three feet or...

Staying ahead of myself

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it is now mid-spring and I am in a familiar dilemma: staying ahead of myself. Gardening is a reciprocal relationship, I do...

The Long Long, Grey Grey, Cold Cold Winter of 2021-22

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Rainshadow contributor Ann Candioto relishes in the end of winter and the start of gardening season. Lately I’ve been thinking about a T-shirt, grey of...

The Philosophical Gardener: Seasonality

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We have had a rather dark and stormy autumn here in the rainshadow; a good deal of the autumn color has been torn from...

The Philosophical Gardener: Boolbs?

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Beverley Nichols, born 1898, was a reporter and author, in a variety of genres, in post WWII, mid-century Britain.  He was something of a...

The Philosophical Gardener: Salad Days

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  References to one’s “salad days,” it seems, began with Shakespeare when he wrote it in a line for Cleopatra who...

Philosophical Gardener: Poseurs

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                                                                           Yes, one sees them now in supermarkets, bright red, big-bosomed fruits piled high in plastic boxes luring us to a summer fantasy...

The Philosophical Gardener: Peas

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“The enemies of peas are few in number, but great in power. Chopped gorse sown with                the seed will prevent the ravages of mice,...

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The lost commencement address by Tom Robbins

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Photo of Tom Robbins by Dan Wallen. Used with permission of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections MPH1272 When I was the editor of the...

Spider Sticks

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                                                 A spider stick is any handy light branch or stem which you have stripped of its leaves and twigs, cut to three feet or...

So Long, Pygmy Kayaks

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More than three decades ago, when guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were building technology companies that would change the world, another Ivy...

Love in the Time of Covid

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March 15, 2020, message from the Port Townsend School District: We are looking forward to seeing students at school on Monday so teachers and students can...

On the hard: Chichagof

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories The Power Scow Chichagof. Chichagof is a power scow, a salmon scow, a fish tender. The U.S....