On Native Grasses

Many people don’t realize that prior to 1492, much of the Central and Eastern United States was covered in grasslands. These were created through fire disturbances. Some of the disturbances were natural; and some of them were man-made.

On Male White Rhinos and Ginseng

The last Male Northern White Rhino died yesterday. Like rhinos, wild American Ginseng is protected by CITES (convention on international trade in endangered species). Male White Rhinos are now extinct. Is Ginseng next? Wild American Ginseng is the last truly wild root...

On Kayaking, Alabama and Roy Moore, Part 2

So, I was back in Alabama for a second canoe/kayak race weekend. Yup, the second race in the Alabama series takes place on the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River. I am going to try and avoid talking too much about Roy Moore this time. He is a loser and lost and...

6 reasons why Homer should stay put

Why are public officials waiting time talking about moving Homer, Red Grooms’ iconic sculpture? Come on guys, what about working on water challenges, school challenges, street repairs, crime, zoning rules, saving the Everglades? Here are a few reasons that the Marlins and the city/county can use as excuses to move on to more important issues.

Cultured: George Lindemann Remembers Wendell Castle

Sam Roberts wrote a lovely obituary in the New York Times for Wendell Castle. He quotes design guru Glenn Adamson who said, “Wendell is the most important postwar American furniture designer, by a long shot.” Glenn knows his stuff.

We Need Creative Solutions to Solve Environmental Challenges

The same old “environmental solutions” are not good enough; and yet when entrepreneurs buck the system and do something interesting, different and bold there are always people doubting and obstructing. Don’t get me wrong. Doubting can be good, even obstructing some times. But make no mistake, leaving things up to the old guard is not good enough.

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