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Big Basin Redwoods


Giant timber bamboo forests are amazing – and we saw a few on our last trip to Santa Cruz – but nothing surpasses the grandeur of an old-growth redwood forest where the trunks of Sequoia sempervirens reach 2-300 feet into the sky. I’m not sure how old-growth these stands in the Henry Cowell State Park are, probably no more than a century or two, but the sense of scale and the scents of clean oxygen are enough to intoxicate even the staunchest of carbon lovers.

We spent a beautiful afternoon frolicking in the river here at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and a tranquil night snoozing under the redwoods and what few stars could be seen through the redwood canopy. A much needed break from the fast paced rat race lifestyle of San Luis Obispo.

Just when I thought I’d seen every possible application of bamboo, I came across the Tai Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Check out their website ( and amaze yourself with contemporary Japanese textile art.

In the beginning was the Word . . .

After great anticipation, “The Tao of Fred” has finally been printed. Seize the day; order now and receive a very limited first edition copy of this rare collection of thoughtful and inspirational Limericks. Now available here at, under poetry.

In our unending efforts to see the world from a new point of view, and to see that paradigm shift become a reality, we spend an inordinate amount of time turning the world on its head, engaging in deep meditation, and conducting meaningful discourse on the matters closest to our hearts.

As purveyors of bamboo, we are deeply concerned with issues of ecology, sustainability and habitat conservation, as well as fair and just social policies and labor practices. As an environmentalist, I have a passion for all things green. As a world traveler, I enjoy studying cultural characteristics and local customs. And as a writer and literary scholar, I’m fascinated by the poetic traditions that crop up in various eras and locales. Not surprisingly then, these interests intermingle to foster a zeal for literature from the green island of Ireland, and an irrational obsession with Limericks.

On that note, it pleases me to offer you the following words of wisdom for your consideration:

“Winds of Change” There was once an iniquitous breezeBlowing garbage with consummate ease          As the Styrofoam floated          I carefully notedHow quickly it grew on the trees

“Hug a Tree” There’s a movement we’ve recently seenAfter treating the planet so mean          The force of our mass          Is killing the grassSo give up the gas and go green

“The Human Scourge”Mankind is in need of a better directionConsuming and killing with savage perfection          Where lies the answer          To this bipedal cancer?What can be done to contain the infection?

“Scorched Earth Policy”Open your eyes to this uncommon eraAnd dry up your tears ‘fore they run your mascara          As the king plucks his fiddle          The Earth’s in the middleDefending herself in the war against terra

“Earth in Peril”Old humans once honored their planetIt seems now they take it for granite          But the Earth’s plenty strong          She’ll heal before longGlobal warming can’t kill us — or can it?

“Wasteland”Rushing downstream like some ill-guided salmonOur bodies are wasting with spiritual famine             The flesh has grown fatter             From meaningless matterWe’ve traded our souls for the almighty mammon

“Mars Attacks”Mr. Martian stepped out of his cosmic two-seaterJoined by his wife, for he hoped to entreat her             Unsure what to think             I said, “How ‘bout a drink?”“Why yes,” he replied, “take me straight to your liter!”

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