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I was raised in the Baptist church. As a grade school child, I memorized the books of the Bible. Maybe because of that personal history, when I started to study geology I didn’t... — Updated 2/17/2015

 

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During the winter I like to feed the birds. I have a very simple arrangement for this: pouring a mix of seeds on a flat railing outside my dining room window. I regularly attract... — Updated 2/8/2015

 

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New Year’s resolutions are being put to the harshest of tests. Gone are the days of early January when all things seemed so easily possible. Now we are in the tougher phase of... — Updated 1/31/2015

 

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As you watch the falling snow, do you marvel at the beauty of the scene or immediately dread driving to work on icy pavement? Most of our nation’s roads get at least some snow... — Updated 1/22/2015

 

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Recently I had the pleasure of going to the wedding celebration of my assistant at work, whom I count as a good friend, and her new husband. Theirs is an international marriage;... — Updated 1/7/2015

 

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Climate is always changing. That’s one truth that stands out from the record around the world of natural samples of Earth materials, of tree rings, ice layers, and so much more.... — Updated 1/1/2015

 

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By DR. E. KIRSTEN PETERS I own a couple of small gold nuggets. They came from the Round Mountain gold mine in Nevada, which I visited a few years ago. A tour of the open-pit mine... — Updated 12/17/2014

 

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What if there were a two–for–one sale on kilowatts? Your power bill would be cut in half, – not a bad result for your monthly budget. Energy drives everything we produce and... — Updated 12/10/2014

 

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Like millions of Americans, my day starts by plugging in the coffeepot. In my case, it’s an old fashion percolator. It clears its throat and brews my coffee while I rub sleep out... — Updated 12/3/2014

 

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Do you have a good gut feeling about apples? Your body may , and that could be important to your overall health. Some of the components of apples survive their trip through the... — Updated 11/19/2014

 

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His teeth had no cavities, but they were heavily worn. He was about my height -- some 5 feet, 7 inches tall. He wasn’t petite, likely weighing around 160 pounds. Well before his... — Updated 11/12/2014

 

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Earlier this year I went to a fundraiser where I bought a bag of Glee flour. Glee is a variety of hard red spring wheat that was developed at Washington State University. I used the... — Updated 11/5/2014

 

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“Eat right and exercise.” It’s good advice. But millions of us Americans struggle every day to live up to our hopes regarding diet and activity. Some of us are pretty good at... — Updated 10/29/2014

 

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Years ago I purchased a headlamp , a small flashlight that straps around your head to light your way. It’s really useful because it leaves both your hands free as you work or... — Updated 10/23/2014

 

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From time to time I give public talks on climate change – those large-scale changes geologists have been studying since the 1830s. At those talks I’m often asked a basic... — Updated 10/15/2014

 

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My word processor is set up to deal with the errors I make when writing. The programmers who wrote the computer program knew I’d screw things up, so they built in corrective... — Updated 10/9/2014

 

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Plants are not as dumb as they look. At least to me, plants have never seemed like the brightest bulbs in the box. They stand around, looking green, hoping for a sunny day but not... — Updated 10/3/2014

 

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As a kid, I read the Sherlock Holmes stories and the mysteries of Agatha Christie. As an adult, I wrote four mysteries that focused on a Quaker heroine solving crimes she happened... — Updated 9/24/2014

 

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A good friend of mine checks each morning on the web for the final “Jeopardy” question. It’s the last question on the taped “Jeopardy” program to be broadcast later that... — Updated 9/17/2014

 

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Alex Waroff had a fantastic summer job this year. The veterinary student at Washington State University worked with faculty members as they tested just how clever grizzly bears are.... — Updated 9/10/2014

 

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I was hospitalized for ten days in late July. In August, to rebuild my strength, I took my dog on increasingly long walks around town. We went virtually every day; the exercise was... — Updated 9/3/2014

 

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My day starts with coffee. I'm too cheap to buy it by the cup from baristas, so I just brew my own Folgers by the pot. I have a cup or two as I settle into work each morning, and an... — Updated 7/23/2014

 

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It’s astonishing to think about, but when my grandfather was born, tuberculosis was the number one cause of death in our country. Worse still, one in five children didn’t live... — Updated 7/16/2014

 

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I need to get a cap on my front tooth redone; it has a significant chip in it. Luckily I live at a time in which dentists are in every city and town, plying their trade in ways... — Updated 7/10/2014

 

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