The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and the Endangered



Aremarkablebook. Reading about the birds of Pandemonium will make you laugh and cry; it will make you see more clearly the need to take care of our planet; and it will confirm that one person with a passion can make a difference. Jeff Corwin, nature conservationist and host of “Animal Planet” Each morning at first light, Michele Raffin steps outside into the bewitching bird music that heralds another day at Pandemonium Aviaries. A full symphony that swells from the most vocal of more than…

Fishing the Coast



Here, at last, is a book about commercial salmon fishing, by well-known fisherman and industry analyst Dr. Don Pepper–one that is sure to become a West Coast classic. Pepper fished salmon as a crewman every season from 1953 to 1969. After a hiatus in the ’70s, he returned to fishing in the ’80s, balancing his life at sea with a career as a professional economist, before finally retiring in 2007. Over the years he experienced technological change from table seiners, with nets pulled using…

Psych Trap: The healing journey of psychiatric nurse who was also a psychia…



During the evening shift, the psychiatrist asked me, the nurse in charge, if I agreed that a young adolescent boy had a mental illness. Immediately disagreeing, I explained that the boy had been severely beaten by his mother’s boyfriend, that his anger was understandable. The doctor explained that his mother reported that her son had a rather healthy appetite one night the week before and had played basketball with some friends. His mother reported that this was not usual behavior and the…

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