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David Cuin


David Cuin worked in a variety of technical and professional roles in the construction industry in Britain, the U.S. and Canada, and is a successful watercolorist and glass artist. A longtime Evergreen resident, he is the author of a textbook on color in arts and crafts and co-author of the popular “Seasons of Evergreen” book (


Ephemeral Beauties

There can be few more delightful sights than the butterflies that grace our wildflowers and what plants the deer leave in our gardens. I am not a lover of insects, generally, but who can fail to enjoy the butterflies’ colorful presence and zany progress through the...

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The Right Touch

This is, if you will pardon the pun, a very touchy subject. In the litigious society of the U.S. and in the climate of the #MeToo movement and equality, cross-gender physical contact of any kind requires careful consideration. Let me say up front that this article is...

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What Are You Wearing?

No, this is not some creepy overture; it’s a genuine question. Almost certainly the answer would be cotton in some form or another, possibly blended with a man-made fiber. A shirt, underwear, jeans, sweats, a dress perhaps. Just as certainly you wouldn’t be aware of...

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The Strangeness of Blue

It would make a good title for a novel, but truth is often stranger than fiction and the story of blue lives up to that saying. Probably one of the most common questions asked by young children with inquiring minds is: “Why is the sky blue?” The true answer is not at...

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Fortune and Misfortune Part 2: Misfortune

By the middle of the 17th century, the silver mines on the Czech/German border in the Krusné hory Mountains were mostly worked out and the meteoric fortunes of the town of Joachimsthal/Jáchymov were fast waning. The miners of Jáchymov called the pitch-black mineral...

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Fortune and Misfortune

Part 1: Fortune The local name for the mountains is the Krusné hory Mountains—Ore Mountains in English; they lie on the border of present-day Germany and the Czech Republic. In the 12th and 13th centuries, they were a harsh land, much forested and subject to long,...

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The Mighty $

It’s probable that in these abnormal times, you’ve been mainly using some form of contactless payment for your financial transactions, but even now there are probably smaller payments that you might still use cash for—a coffee or tip perhaps. Something you may not...

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"Hoarding is like collecting gone rogue." Collecting is one of the most widespread hobbies in the Western world; the U.S. is said to have over 50,000 collecting clubs of various persuasions and it’s likely the number of collectors runs into the millions. It used to be...

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Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

There is a myth that the design of the stars and stripes of the Betsy Ross U.S. flag, adopted by Congress in 1777, was based on the coat of arms of George Washington. No documentary evidence of this has ever been found, but it is true that the hereditary arms of the...

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People ask me where I get my varied ideas for this page, and the simple answer is, anywhere I see, read or hear something that sparks interest enough to warrant researching. I will, of course, “never reveal my sources,” but rarely is it one source and often it...

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