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Madman with a chainsaw

While filming his reality teevee show Ted Nugent had an accident with a chainsaw, requiring 40 stiches. No report the accident was preceeded by Nuge bellowing: “Hey, watch this!” DETROIT – Ted Nugent (news) was injured on the Texas set of his reality show when a chain saw cut through his leg. The outspoken rocker, outdoors enthusiast and star of ... Read More »

Garden School

I’ve been reading the book Ann Lovejoy’s Organic Garden Design School. The author gardens in the Seattle area and writes books on the subject. A great life! This book is full of color pictures and specific examples of how she combined plants when landscaping around her home and school building. Because I’m in Seattle too, these examples and pictures are ... Read More »

Hugging Trees: The Trees in My Forest by Bernd Heinrich

I learned one of my favorite tree facts from this book: the explanation of how water rises to the topmost, thinnest twig of the tallest trees—and does so with no energy expenditure on the part of the tree. Adhesion and evaporation of water molecules provide the mechanism. A water molecule is absorbed into a root and pulls other water molecules ... Read More »

The Rural Life by Verlyn Klinkenborg

The Rural Life portrays each month of the year—weather, wildlife, garden chores, mood—as it’s lived on farms or ranches in various parts of the U.S. The author has lived all over the country and apparently collected his writings from each place into this essay collection. The book begins its January chapter with a contemplation on journal-keeping. Klinkenborg states up front ... Read More »

The Ghosts of Tsavo – Philip Caputo

They were called The Ghost and The Darkness, two adult male African lions, that haunted the scrub brush of the Tsavo River at the turn of the century. In 1898, they killed more than 135 Indian and African railway workers, laboring to throw a bridge across the Tsavo River, before Lt. Col. John Patterson, in an epic and harrowing nine-month ... Read More »

The Heyday of the Scottish Diesels

This review also appears on Where Worlds Collide, here. After the end of steam in Britain 1968, a great many British railway photographers either hung up their cameras or diverted their attentions abroad, and it was the best part of a decade before a new generation of photographers began recording the current scene again. This leaves the period from 1968 ... Read More »