Month: March 2015

Morel Mushrooms are out! – Morchella semilibera! – Yummm!

Those who know where to find these goodies aren’t telling!  If I did, my life wouldn’t be worth a plugged nickel! This particular variety, Morchella semilibera is rated by Orson K. Miller Jr. in “Mushrooms of North America” as: Edible!, Choice!, and Common!, although a whole…

Spring Definitely Here in Oregon! – Wonderful Flowers!

This is one of the best times of the year in Oregon. Blossoms popping all over the Hood River Valley. Just down the trail past the pond from my house is this wonderful pair of Lady Slippers! Then coming up past the pond into…

Buy your basket work in Maun, Botswana! Which is your favorite?

             On my recent visit to check out old haunts in Maun and my old school, Maun Secondary,  I was once again struck by the fabulous basketry skills of the artisans along the Okavango Delta. Their works are on display and for sale…

What happens when you rewrite an old book? – “Kalahari” morphs into “Ukuthula!”

 James Michener was once asked why he didn’t rewrite and expand his first book, “Caravans,” after he had established himself as one of the world’s renowned authors.  He essentially answered the question by pointing out that the process of writing is creative. The creation is,…

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