“Cutting the burl off redwoods … it’s like cutting off their feet. That’s the source of new roots, to get bigger, to keep growing.”
The California Coastal Redwoods were extensively clear cut around the turn of the century. But, thanks to the Redwood League (later Save the Redwoods) and influential individuals, acres of old growth redwoods still stand. The timber industry and environmental activists continue to spar over the healthiest maintenance plans for redwood forests. Gerald Beranek is an “old logger” who also happens to revere the majestic redwoods, and has published several books on these majestic trees. He shares redwood facts, a little history, and the best way to approach stewardship.
“People do not cherish each other the way they should.”
“Fairy Tales for Life; A Collection of Fourteen Original Short Stories” recently won first place in the Children’s Book category at the San Francisco Book Festival. Author Linda Champion shares the impetus behind her original fairy tales, which integrate our “real” world with the fairy tale world of magical creatures, and places. Listen to Julie Parker read one of the stories.
“Hope” can be a foreign concept to those in the midst of severe or suicidal depression. Yet, the book “Shades of Blue” offers just that – hope. Thirty-five essays written by individuals with different backgrounds and histories share diverse issues, and how they have managed to, if not overcome them, learned to manage them. Three of the contributing essay authors read excerpts from their essays at the independent bookstore, The Avid Reader, in Davis, California.
Want an honest, frank opinion? Ask a writer. Over the decades, newspaper columnists have freely offered their (mostly) uncensored opinions every week, to the delight of readers who enjoyed discussing them over their morning coffee, or the office water cooler. Today, readers have the additional option of leaving comments on on-line publications, such as iPinion Syndicate. All media publishers, including iPinion, know that any given subject can be approached from many angles. I met with a few iPinion contributing columnists – David Weinshilboum, Debra DeAngelo, Kelvin Wade, and Carolyn Wyler – to demonstrate iPinion’s diverse personalities behind the columns. I asked them a variety of questions about a single non-political topic: bellies. The result is an intelligent, insightful, and humorous discussion.