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Ask Umbra: What’s the greenest way to get rid of hornets and yellow jackets?

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Q. Dear Umbra, What’s the most environmentally responsible way to deal with hornets and yellow jackets nesting near people? Sprays seem pretty toxic to everything (not just the stingers) and I wouldn’t want to make things even harder for honeybees and other pollinators. We’ve had several stinging episodes (a hornet sting is extremely painful), and […]

The Aquarium Age: August 17-23

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Several potent planetary interactions coalesce to form an interesting week. It’s more than likely you’ll feel pulled in several directions simultaneously by these dynamic configurations. And while it’s not quite a marathon—we’ve seen busier and tougher weeks—managing this week’s flux requires the skill to handle more than a few challenges. So take as many deep […]

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Tea Tree Oil

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  Contrary to what its name may suggest, tea tree oil has no connection to the tea tree, Camellia sinensis, from which varieties of white, green and black tea are produced, except by mere misunderstanding—disappointing, I know. This misunderstanding, or misnomer, originated with Captain Cook, a British explorer, and his men. When they landed on […]

The Aquarium Age: August 10-16

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The status quo won’t work this week, and trying to hold onto what was in an effort to understand what is will be nothing more than a useless attempt to control the uncontrollable. Life, as we have been learning all along, is an uncontrollable mystery powered by forces bigger than anyone understands, and all attempts […]

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Amethyst

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Amethyst, a purple, often transparent stone with short and softly angled spikes is the focus of our studies this week, Novices. The name, amethyst, is derived from the ancient Greek, meaning “non-inebriated.” The stone received its name from a belief that by simply holding the stone, having it about your person or drinking from a cup […]

The Aquarium Age: August 3-9

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The sky is super busy this week as the stars and planets array themselves in dynamic patterns, patterns that are reflected through the goings-on of daily life here on Earth. Don’t be surprised if there’s just a little too much to handle but more than enough enthusiasm to make the overload work. Also be prepared […]

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Anise

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  Anise, not to be confused with the similar tasting star anise, is a member of the carrot family. With winding roots, the grooved stems and leather-like leaves can, at their greatest heights, reach nearly three feet tall. In July and August the plant displays small yellow and white flowers, complete with an alluringly sweet […]

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Environews: GOP adopts land-seizure platform

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A committee tasked with drafting the official party platform for the Republican Party voted to include “requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to the states,” making the GOP the official party of taking the “public “out of public lands.

 
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