Popeye is still helping sell spinach

  By Chuck Woodbury ROADSIDE JOURNAL Popeye is still helping sell spinach. I found this bag in a supermarket in Sacramento. It’s called Popeye Superfood Spinach. I wonder how many people younger than 50 even remember Popeye. Popeye cartoons made spinach popular. In the popular series, when Popeye got into trouble, which usually involved saving his sweetheart Olive Oil from the villain Bluto,... Read More

The tree stump that refuses to die

  The stump that wouldn’t die Normally when you cut down a tree and leave a stump, it dies. Eventually it rots and other plants begin to grow from the “nurse” tree. But notice that nothing grows from this Douglas Fir stump near Crater Lake. That’s because it’s still very much alive. The reason is because before it was cut down its roots had grafted onto its... Read More

So much history, so many tears

  By Chuck Woodbury How many tears were shed in the Jacksonville Historic Cemetery? When I walk through a historic cemetery like this one, I can’t help imagining the scenes when each person was buried, and the tears that were shed.  I love to visit cemeteries. I typically walk from grave to grave, looking for clues to each person’s life. Cemeteries are usually very quiet and peaceful. They... Read More