[KEEN TO BE GREEN] Some Issues with Tissues

My son and I recently had a miserable head cold that caused us to blow our noses constantly. Out of habit, I rushed to the drug store to buy paper tissues. After a few...

[STARGAZING] Jupiter Returns and Leonid Peaks

The innermost planet, Mercury, is visible above the southwest horizon, appearing star-like about 30 minutes after sunset starting on the 12th. On that date use binoculars to see it pass two degrees north of...

[KEEN TO BE GREEN] Options for an Eco-Afterlife?

As we approach Halloween, we pay more attention to graveyards than perhaps at other times of the year, but the traditional graveyard may soon meet its own demise. Recently, as our resources become scarcer...

[STARGAZING] October 2017

One of two annual meteor showers associated with Halley’s famous comet will reach its peak in the hours before dawn on October 21st. This is the Orionid shower, named after the constellation of the...

[MOTHER OF INVENTION] Up and Away

I was at Trader Joe’s this morning. It was a typical morning with the parking crunch, crowded aisles, eighties tunes and my post-it shopping list. As always, I hit the produce section first. Bananas,...

[KEEN TO BE GREEN] Sharing the Bounty

I moved to Southern California from the UK almost 20 years ago now, and I am still awed every time I pass a tree laden with lemons, oranges or juicy figs. We are blessed...

[STARGAZING]

Autumn begins in the northern hemisphere at 1:02 p.m., PDT on September 22nd. Spring begins in the southern hemisphere at the same moment. Autumn will end with the winter solstice on December 21st. Saturn,...

[KEEN TO BE GREEN] The Last Straw

When I first moved to the US from the UK, I found it odd that so many adults here drink using straws. I thought straws were to help kids drink without making a mess....

[STARGAZING] Safely View the Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse will occur on August 21st. It will be a total eclipse for a 70-mile wide path that will cross the country starting at the Oregon coast and touching 13 other states,...