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Walnuts for the winter

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Walnuts in the shell. Wikimedia
Artisan Cuisine is published monthly.

A couple weeks ago I noticed one of my Facebook friends talking about the extra 40 pounds of walnuts she’d collected from her tree and how she hated to see them go to waste.

I immediately wrote her and offered a trade. Some of my handmade chocolates for a big box of walnuts was the deal.


Church Notebook: World Day of Prayer is coming up

Someone on TV was saying the other day that even if it rained every day from now to the first of May, we still would not be able to “catch up” to our normal amount of rainfall for the year.

I hope that person was wrong. While it may be making things wet and sloppy, and soaking us as we run from house to car to work and back, it is bringing much-needed moisture. It continually amazes me to see plants that looked absolutely hopelessly lost spring back after a night of rain.


Letters to the Editor Feb. 13, 2014

Thanks to police officer who made week better

The other night at about 9 p.m., I went to McDonald’s on my bike. I ordered five burgers and five fries and on the way home my bag broke. I had five burgers and one order of fries scattered on the ground.


Candidates declaring for election

From the Pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1958.

Indications that Del Norte County’s primary elections may develop into a hotly contested political race loomed this week as five more announced candidacy for city and county offices, swelling the list of political hopefuls to 13.

Sheriff Ozzie Hovgaard and Donald Pinkerton both announced their candidacy for sheriff as had Larry Johnson of Smith River. 


Letters to the Editor Feb. 11, 2014

Nothing wrong with public display of love

This morning I was feeling about as happy as I could be, mostly because I share a wonderful, loving relationship with my partner. We stood next to each other — in public — and I kissed her cheek several times as we stood close to each other, embracing.

I was a bit shocked when someone marched over and informed us of his view that this was inappropriate. He said that he “might have to ask us to leave.” I reacted badly, I’m afraid. Something hit me and I became angered, and for that I am embarrassed. But for nothing else will I ever apologize.

It wasn’t aggravation about yet another absurd rule or law — there are plenty of those and I’m almost used to them. Or that someone can be so twisted to deem PDA (public display of affection) as some kind of disorder in a disorder-crazed society.

In that moment I reflected on the whole of human suffering, all of the really serious problems in our world like poverty, hunger, homelessness, teenagers shipped off to fight endless, undeclared wars that kill tens of millions of people around the world, disease and prisons for profit, drug addiction, ubiquitous direct and indirect slavery and oppression, violence and depravity in our neighborhoods, all of it.


House Calls: How long will you live? It is partly up to you

House Calls runs every two weeks. Today’s column is written by Christopher B. Cutter, a physician at Sutter Coast Community Clinic.

I found myself on the Internet looking at life expectancy tables the other day. I followed that up by going to a few of the on-line questionnaires that anyone can sit down with and use. The results are pretty darn interesting.

These quizzes all ask pretty much the same thing. They have a list of basic questions about your age, height and weight. They then ask you the questions about the things you cannot control — the medical history of your parents and siblings (not your aunts, uncles and cousins — they really don’t figure in much).

Then they ask the other obvious stuff — smoking, drinking, drugs, exercise and food choices. Next are the questions about things that you may not think about — your education, your job, your income and marital status. A big factor, it turns out, is your dental care — or lack thereof.

 


Walk Your World: try not to miss a single trail

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Del Norte Triplicate / Richard Wiens Gigantic redwoods are everywhere you turn on many of the paths through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
They may be in Humboldt County, but the incredible trails of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park are within Del Norte’s sphere of influence, being closer to Crescent City (about 35 miles) than they are to Eureka (about 48 miles).

I’ve written about various stretches of this old-growth wonderland eight times before, but unexplored territory still beckoned. We just had to find it, which involved unfolding a park map and marking all the trails previously traversed.

With that task came memories of Fern Canyon, the Gold Bluffs section of the Coastal Trail, remote Carruthers Cove and up-and-down jaunts amid some of the gnarliest monsters to be found in redwood country.

We were pleased to discover there were at least three more distinct sections to hike. On a Saturday in late January, we chose a route that would include creekside lowlands, heart-pumping switchbacks and a nice long stretch of one of the park’s specialties: ridge-walking.


Church Notebook: Traveling country music ministry concert Sun.

And the rains came.

Some at least, and I hope we’ll have more. Amazing how quickly some things start to green up after just a little bit of the stuff. And Thursday there was a rainbow, too.

Rainbows. Nowhere I have ever lived have I seen rainbows like the ones here. Now lightning? Texas puts on some pretty fantastic exhibits of that — fascinating, unless they happen to arrive accompanying those circling winds that inhabit Tornado Alley. I’m not too crazy about those.

I thought some of my flowering bushes and roses had not made it through, but they are looking better, and there are two red tulips waving by the fence. I have to laugh — that package of bulbs was supposed to be assorted pastels. Guess they had a mind of their own.

 


Warrior Memories: Cheerleading squad features great athletes

While I was watching a Warrior basketball game a few nights ago an interesting comment was made to me by a cheerleader from the past during the halftime performance of the cheerleading squads of both schools.

The athletic ability of the boys and girls of both squads was outstanding. 

The comment was just that cheerleading should be a sport. 

This brought to mind the tremendous changes that have taken place since my days as a Warrior. At that time a cheerleading squad consisted of three or four girls and on some occasions a boy.


Letters to the Editor Feb. 8, 2014

Solid Waste Authority doesn’t need to be fixed

After reading Adam Spencer’s article in the Feb. 1 Triplicate, “Solid waste views heard,” concerning the solid waste issue, I decided to include my views on the matter.

First of all, I decided to read the article keeping an open mind and looking for reasons to privatize the Del Norte Solid Waste Agency. I can honestly say that I could not find one.

As it has been said many times before, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Carl Addington,

Crescent City


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