Have we met our match with COVID-19?

We humans have considered ourselves at the top of the food chain above all the plants, fish, birds and mammals. But the real top of the food chain is actually the bacteria, viruses and fungi that feed upon us. Coronavirus is just the most recent example of how nature may work to put us in our place, so to speak. Great civilizations have disappeared due to plagues and pestilences in the past, and we can learn these lessons as we tend our gardens.

Lead. Grant relief. Don’t take more. Please.

We are in trying times now, folks. Much of the state is closed. The Capitol and many government offices, including the Department of Taxation, are locked down. People are working remotely when they can, and we are too.

Vines add to Hawaii’s tropical ambiance

Good fences make good neighbors goes the old saying, and maybe in the old days it was the case. Stone walls are traditional and impressive, but expensive. Today, we have so many choices that an unattractive fence might create all kinds of neighbor problems depending on type of material used.

Who’s watching the store?

It seems like every year we have a legislature, we have dozens of legislative tax proposals to wade through. Some would lessen the burden on the beleaguered consumer, but most would do the reverse.

Island Life: A cute fishie

A school of acute halfbeaks (Hyporhamphus pacificus) cruise near the surface of Kailua Bay in February. (Reiko Sekine/Community contributor)

Island Life: Lizard Battle

Two male lizards battle for territory Monday in a newly-pruned pomegranate tree in the Kamani Trees subdivision, locking jaws and attempting to throw each other off the tree. (Laurie Sigel/Community contributor)

Coronavirus food advice: Keep calm and make these two soups from great Seattle chefs

SEATTLE — Out here in Seattle, we’re just washing our hands down to nubs, Googling “can drinking alcohol kill coronavirus” (answer: sadly, no, but can help with nerves), definitely never touching our faces again and encasing all older relatives inside protective bubbles for the foreseeable future. Business at restaurants is suffering in a way that’s getting dire quickly, yet among all the talk of “social distancing,” a collective end-of-days bacchanal spirit may still be readily found. “Have a nice cold pint and wait for all this to blow over” suggested the sandwich board outside my neighborhood favorite Bait Shop last Friday night, and the place was standing-room-only packed with a loud, festive, low-risk-category crowd doing exactly that.