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Organic, by definition, includes contradictory meanings

  I hope the organic food I purchase is “organic,” even though I KNOW all the food I eat is organic. I realise that sounds confusing, but the word organic has many definitions. The B.C. Government recently announced it would introduce regulations to govern the word’s use by food producers. Read more →

Dogs are attuned to their people, but who is in charge. Photo © Stefan Holodnick, dailyinvention.com, via creative commons.

Dogs take a bow(-wow!) for canine cognition

Some dogs show more intelligence than most people. Or so their owners tell me. Perhaps thinking of one’s four-legged best friend as brighter than one’s children—perhaps not one’s children, but possibly one’s in-laws—goes with the territory of being a dog owner. Much like people universally describing their driving skills or Read more →

Bald eagle. Photo by Brendan Lally, www.brendanlallyphotography.com

The season to listen to birds’ conversations

Bald eagles could be the bird world’s version of heavyweight-boxer Mike Tyson. The eagle is a big bruiser of a bird. It bullies other birds, steals meals, and scavenges whenever it can. Yet, during mating season, incongruously thin, soprano sweet nuthin’s emerge from predator’s curving yellow beak. In addition to Read more →