This summer marks two years since we moved from Indonesia to Nampa. We have worked through reverse culture shock and tried to get a handle on Idaho life, which has allowed us to experience the natural world in new ways. One of those ways is these crazy long summer days.

Trust me, this will be a Grammar Guy article about words, but it’s also going to be about current events. Allow me for a minute to delve into the conversation America is having on race and racism and its intersection with the world of us word nerds.

This topic might draw some heat, but we’ll be using cold hard facts. As a botanic garden, Idaho Botanical Garden’s role is to connect people to science, specifically the science of horticulture and nature. In our last article we addressed a handful of gardening tall tales. In this article se…

(Though my regular column is suspended during the COVID 19 pandemic, we’ve decided to run some old ones I thought readers might enjoy. They originally were published in The Idaho Statesman early in my career there. Many will be humor columns. In times like these, we need humor.)

I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit of a volcano when it comes to feelings and emotions. Don’t get me wrong: I’m ashamed to have them. So, naturally, I suppress them and stuff them until enough pressure builds up and — bam — the volcano of big feelings erupts. I become a Mt. St. Helens of …

Last week I was listening to the radio program “Idaho Matters” on Boise State Public Radio when a segment on the March 31 earthquake came on. It was a refreshing break from coronavirus news, so I turned up the volume and listened as two scientists discussed what they knew about the earthquak…