Category Archives: Opinion

Orchids Yet Again Linked to Mystery

By Clint Zavodny

It’s no mystery that orchids are synonymous with mystery.

But in the 1972 “Columbo” episode “The Greenhouse Jungle,” orchids are involved in a mystery.

Well, sort of. Let’s just say the villain is an orchid aficionado. But “The Greenhouse Jungle” differs from most Columbo episodes in that no murder takes place in the opening scene.
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Adapting Orchids to Hollywood

By Clint Zavodny

“Adaptation” is a movie based on the book “The Orchid Thief” … or rather, it’s a movie about a movie writer – Charlie Kaufman – trying to adapt this particular book into a screenplay.

Even though the movie does not follow the book, uh, “by the book” as one might say – the brilliance of “Adaptation” is how the movie ultimately parallels the “The Orchid Thief” perfectly.
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Book Review: The Scent of Scandal

Reviewed by Pauline Johnston

As an orchid lover, how crazy are you? Would you risk Federal imprisonment to get your name attached to an orchid? Would you risk the reputation of your well-respected organization to be the first to name it? Obviously, some would.
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Lava rocks don’t move themselves

Saturday, April 13 – Frames were removed from Dick’s custom-designed stepping stones, which we had poured the week before. The steps had cured and already made access much, much easier. Any gaps around the stepping stones were filled with small …
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All’s well in the grotto

When I first heard there were problems and complaints with the grotto project, my heart sank … Here the grotto was less than 2 months old, and probably still didn’t look like much to the naked eye, yet it had …
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Grotto Update

Even though we didn’t make it to the grotto itself that first day, the progress was well worth it. By cleaning up that far side of the building it became not only easy to walk on, but a spot which could easily be planted out and made into a garden in its own right. We took something ugly and unused and made it usable, and with time and care it will grow more and more beautiful by the day.
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Letter from the editor

As promised, here is the March newsletter. A week before the meeting, a day before the meeting … tomato-potato, right? I would like to make excuses and say it took me (much, much) longer than I thought, but that is …
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My Two Cents

By Cheeta Wilson While it’s true that KDOC’s current constitution and bylaws don’t cover every eventuality, they’ve served for 30 years without–as far as I know–any major changes. I think that’s because they are simple and most members don’t want …
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