The San Juan Islands Ecosystems: The Woods Are Alive — And So Are the Meadows and Beaches

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Beach, forest, wetland, meadow -- in some places the various San Juan Islands ecosystems coexist just steps from one … [Read more...]

A Patch of Fireweed in the Northwest — What Color Are Those Blossoms? Do I Need to Know?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I couldn't make up my mind about that tall stand of fireweed I saw growing on the edge of a woodlet in the Pacific Northwest … [Read more...]

San Juan Islands Flora: Or, I Cling, Therefore I Am

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The Buddhists have a name for it—clinging. Westerners call it greed, getting attached to the earthly at the expensive of … [Read more...]

Atheist to Catholic–Two Brainy Women Get Religion

By Barbara Falconer Newhall An atheist friend of mine once confessed that if he were to give up atheism and go over to God, he’d do the thing whole hog … [Read more...]

James Dobson: Bully Your Pet, Hit Your Kid, Make Them Obey You–And God

By Barbara Falconer Newhall In Chapter One of his 1978 book, The Strong-Willed Child, James Dobson beats the crap out of his dog. I was hoping to … [Read more...]