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VOL 6    NO.   7
SUMMER  1970
With the expansion of the card catalogue
this month, library personnel saw the
advent of a new dance - i.e. the Library
Catalogue Waltz.
University of British Columbia STAFF CHANGES
A Hearty Welcome to:
Catherine Taylor
L.A. Ill
Reading Rooms
Sally Chan
L.A. Ill
Asian Studies
Desi ree Cheung
L.A. 1
Kykig Kim
L.A. Ill
Woodwa rd
Lily Wi1 son
Diane Goudey
Joan Stuchner
Acqui si tions
Jane Kidd
L.A. 1
Fine Arts
Terry Hoffman
Asst. Ml. Clk.
Acqui si tions
Robert Pate
L.A. Ill
Marie Kwasnica
Serial s
Verna Kuhn
Robert Gander
L.A. 1
Nickola Guffey
L.A. 1
Sheila Cul1inan
Carol Smallenberg
Rena Novak
L.A. 1
Woodwa rd
Janice Ray
L.A. Ill
Ci rculation
Doris Warkenton
L.A. Ill
Congratualations to
you on your
Rosemary McAndless
1 1
L.A. Ill
Carol Janzen
Rue 11 Smith
II 1
Ci rculation
Spec. C
Francis Wong
Martina Cipol1i
exo Op
L.A. 1II
Ursula Disharz
Ci re.
Barbara Ross
erk II
Ci re.
Sec. 11
Suzanne Crawford
Lynda Putnam
1 II
DiIma Huggett
1 II
Ci re.
Judy H. Sangha
Adm i n.
L.A. Ml
We Reg re t fu11y wish
Linda Lines
Lizanne Holland
Margaret Glover
L.A. 1
Woodwa rd Doreen Li 1 ley
Linda Burkhart
Darcy Murphy
Hildegarde Spaulding
Vivian Re id
Lynette Hendry
Margaret Scott
Sylvia Harries
Pau 1 Rodge rs
Shirley I He
Gail McKechnie
Hetty Gomez
Linda McKusick
Hilda Uit den Bosch
Meredith Laird
Loraine Hughes
Claire Gagne
L.A. 1
Ci rculation
Spec. Coll.
L.A. Ill
Ci rculation
Clerk 1
Secretary 11
L.A. 1
Woodwa rd
Ci rculation
L.A. 1
Ci rculation
L.A. 1
Reading Rooms
Is this a staff change too?
Mr. Basic Struart-Stubs,
University of Vancouver, B.C
_J ku
S(elf)  C(ontained)  U(underwater)  B(reathing)  A(pparatus)
A scuba diver is a person who explores the underwater world while
breathing from compressed air tanks on his back.
I didn't believe diving would be as easy nor the sea life as abundant
as seen in the Jacques Cousteau movies, so I wanted to go down underwater to see for myself.
.  ' Opportunity to learn came last September
, . while I was vacationing in Tahiti.  During
the first lesson you learn to skin dive
(no tanks.)  The next three lessons, under
close supervision, consist of diving while
using a tank.  I remember the wonderful
feeling to be able to sit on the bottom,
about fifteen feet, and watch the many-
coloured fish carrying on their normal
lives. My first deep dive was to 130 feet,
and it was so clear I could see the boat
at the surface. At this depth the fish
were still very colourful but a little
larger in size and were in larger schools.
When I came back to Vancouver I took a
course in scuba diving to prepare me for
these waters. Around Vancouver the water
is not so clear except during the winter
and at the deeper depths but then it is
dark, so a light is needed to distinguish
colours.  The sealife here is plentiful
but you have to look harder to see it.
The fish are mostly the colours of the
surroundings and they try to stay fairly
well hidden under kelp, in caves, under
sand and in the crevices of rocks.
I have been able to get a few meals from
the sea - fresh crabs, prawns, cod and
oysters. The things that are the most
fun to catch are the crabs.  They give you a run.  Sometimes a lot
of them will run at the same time and it looks just like a herd of
buffalo running across the plains.  The plant life varies according to the depth.  First, seaweed, then cloud sponges, then nothing -
at least at 225 feet - I haven't been deeper.
Lately, I have been trying my hand at underwater photography, with
minor success.  It is difficult to steady oneself long enough to snap
a picture without disturbing the subject.  I am planning to take my
underwater camera with me when I go back to Tahiti in July and I hope
I'll have sane good pictures to bring back.
If you have the desire to do this, and a curiosity about the world
underwater, you should try your hand at scuba diving - it is exciting
and adventuresome at all times and the only restriction to participation is that you must be over fifteen years of age.
Lynda Putnam Origins of the Ombudsman
The word "Ombudsman" had its origin in a primitive
legal order.  In the decentralized governments of the
Germanic tribes, two punishments could be inflicted upon
lawbreakers.  First, when the folkmeet gathered to apply
the customary law as recited by the lawmen, it could
convict the culprit and declare him to be an outlaw.
The individual so branded was fair game.  Anyone who
killed him was merely enforcing the judgment of the
folkmeet. While it seems rather savage, the institution of outlawry represented progress because it provided a substitute for family feuds.
The second option for punishment represented further progress:  as an alternative to outlawry, it provided for a fine to be paid by the family of the culprit to the family of the aggrieved person.  In England,
this fine was called the Wergild. A modicum of administrative delegation was necessary to insure that the
Wergild helped prevent violence. Thus, for a member of
the aggrieved family to collect the Wergild directly
might have' resulted in violence; for a member of the
culprit's family to go to the aggrieved family might
also have encouraged vendettas.
Consequently, a neutral person was appointed to
collect the fine and carry it to its destination; he
was the OM-BUDS-MAN--"Om" being "About;" "Bud" being
the messenger collecting the "fine."  Imagine a Viking
with horned helmet marching up to the door of a medieval Nordic hut. The man of the house answers the call,
and then shouts back to his family: "It's the man about
the fine:  the Ombudsman."
Several hundred years later the word "Ombudsman"
had come to include any kind of agent.  In the Basic
Law of 1809—only our own Constitution is older and
still in use—the Swedes provided for a Riksdagens Jus-
titieombudsman, "Parliament's Agent of Justice." The post was a counterweight in the balance of power whereby
King and Parliament both controlled administration, that
is to say primarily the judges and police. Finland followed suit when it gained independence in 1919-
The modern embodiment of the Ombudsman is reflected
more accurately in the Danish version as provided in the
1953 Constitution.  The Ombudsman as we now know hin
is a constitutional officer appointed by Parliament to
receive, investigate, and report on citizens' complaints
of bureaucratic abuse.
The Swedish and Finnish offices have come to serve
the same function, as have the newer offices in Norway
(1962) and those already mentioned in the Commonwealth
countries.6 The same theme characterizes current proposal s.
The Ombudsman's Function and Setting
The essential characteristics of the Ombudsman
post require that the individual filling it be:  (1)
independent, (2) impartial, (3) expert in government,
{k)   universally accessible, and (5) empowered only to
recommend and to publicize.
In judging maladministration, the Ombudsman gives
voice to collective conscience, just as the medieval
Folkmeets expressed their own Volksgeist, the spirit
of the people.
The contributions of the Ombudsman are to (1)
resolve grievances, (2) improve administration, and (3)
aid legislative oversight of administration.
The modern office of Ombudsman presupposes:  (1)
a nation-state:  territory and population, (2) a bureaucracy, and (3) a consensus of positive morality.7 OPEN LETTER TO LIBRARY STAFF:
You are all in receipt of a letter stating the advantages of
organizing a union in the Library.  Let us consider some of the
The Library Administration has done well by us in increasing
salaries over the past few years.  They are limited to the amount
of money available by Provincial grant.  There is no way by which
U.B.C. can increase that grant so how can a union get us better
salaries? By cutting down on staff?
If the Library Administration cannot get better working conditions,
e.g., more space, etc. for all of us in spite of their constant
effort, how can a union do it?
We can only be fired for a justifiable reason now! Most of us
have heard of cases where an inefficient union member has been
kept on in a job only because of the power of the union.  Some are
promoted to their "level of incapacity" and there they remain.
I s that fai r?
It would be nice to have 3 weeks holiday before working 5 years.
But, what about those who have already worked 5 years. How will
they benefit?
The union would be more strict about hours.  Except for those doing
night duty we would likely work from 9-5 with one coffee break and
no chance to come in early to "beat the heat".
A union grievance committee would be hard put to it to have as
good an understanding of our grievances as our own Ombudsman Committee. As for it being controlled by management - nonsense!  We
chose the members.  They may not be able to do all that we would
like them to do but it is better to try to obtain justice through
discussion and persuasion than by means of force and threats.
At a time when the country needs to keep costs down we don't want
to join the ranks of those striking for higher pay;  It would,
of course, be nice to have a starting salary of $6,500 per year as
a bus driver does, but then a bus driver has a much greater
responsibility than we do.
IT LOOKS like an exodus for
overseas through the summer
months. You are 1iable to
bump into HANS BURNDORFER of
the Music Library and wife
Sheila in Austria, JUDY CARDIN
of Circ. either in England or
Austria, CAROL BREGAINT of Gov.
Pubs, in France or Holland and
MELVA DWYER in England.  PAT
LAVAC of Law Lib., plus Husband,
will be travelling England,
Spain and Portugal, DIANA
KRAETSCHMER of Fine Arts will
be touring Austria and Spain
with Husband.  Initiator of
the spring exodus, ELEANOR
MERCER of Bibliography has just
returned from a month in London.
Such a stampede yet!
And last but WOW!  Barbara
Gibson of Cataloguing off to
INCIDENTALLY we understand
Barbara has just passed her
Scuba Diving test with a 90%
mark and is off to Greece for
a 3 week underwater, archeolo-
gical exploration.  She will be
diving from a small yacht just
large enough to hold 16 persons
of the expedition.  Colour us
WALL of Woodward (we missed it
last time). Jeannette is off to
England accompanying her husband
who will be continuing his Art
Studies with the help of a
Canada Counci1
DISPLAY at Woodward L i b ra ry
th is month
includes Art in
Psychiatry and
contains interesting samples
of art done in
the new Psychiatric Hospital.
WE expect some
tales from
Dinie Hunt of
Science when
she returns
from a camping
trip along the Oregon Coast and
AS WELL AS attending the Annual
Conference of the Canadian Association of Law Librarians in
London, Ont., Tom Shorthouse of
Law went on an idea gathering
tour of many other such institutions in Easter Canada and the
States.  Now we only need the
new building to incorporate the
ideas in 197?	
THE LIBRARY STAFF this month bade
a fond farewell to DOREEN LILLEY
of Social Science.  Doreen was
presented with a volume entitled
•Li 1 ley-White and the Seven
Years 1963-1970'.  This volume
depicted a seven year "toil" in
the Library and was edited by
Bev Richards.  The cartoons were 10
done by Diana Kraetschmer of Fine
Arts, and MERIKE PATRASON of I. &
O.S. supplied the illustrations
and photos. Messages of goodwill
and signatures from Doreen's many
friends and co-workers filled the
pages. Truly a work of art.
happy to know that she will be
coming home on holiday from the
Soviet Union at the end of July.
No doubt with many more interesting
views of life in that country to
impart.  (see letters BIBLOS Nov.
1968, Feb/March I969).
WE ARE SORRY to hear that Dorothy
Shields of Bibliog. is undergoing surgery in the St. Vincent
Hospital.  Hope to see you again
soon hale and hearty and ready for
that trip to Spain, Dorothy.
back with us if only on a part
time basis in Woodward.  Helen was
a past editor of Biblos.
THAT RECEPTION - pre-official
opening - held Friday June 6th
at the Woodward Library to 'toast'
the new edition, was a great
success.  Long live the caterer.
It was most enjoyable to see so many
members of the Main and Branch
Libraries assembled together.  I
personally met many new people who
up to then were just names on the
Staff List.  Such functions tend
to humanize the institution.
Possibly with the ? opening of
Sedge, next year and maybe Law the
year after such get togethers
could become an annual event.
A big hand to Anna Leith and
her staff for the whole affair
and we hope it will lead to
future such social occasions.
Tupperware party was a great
success k0+  brave souls turned
out in spite of the heat and
enjoyed a very interesting
evening.  It is rumoured the
next L.A.A. event will be a
tour of the new C.P.A. Headquarters at the Airport where
personnel from all over the
world receive their training.
It is the international headquarters for CPA and should
prove to be an interesting excursion.  Watch for the notices.
Thanks are due to the Social
Committee, Rosemary McAndless,
Janet Lenko, Rosemary Zwinge,
all of Sedge, and Mary Paterson
of Serials.
OUR SPIES report that Barb Ross
of the Circ. Div., has a fascinating booth in the Red Lantern
House, Gastown.  Barb specializes in beautiful 'tie dye1 items.
Go see!
Orientation and the Reading
Rooms offices all seem to be
very happily moved to their
new homes in what was the old
South wing study area of the
Main Concourse.  If you haven't
been able to find them lately 11
that's where  they are at.
NO  BIRTHS  or weddings  to   report
this month.     Wow!     Or  did we
miss  someone.
Anyway  that's  all   for  this  time
and   I'm joining  the exodus  to
visit my old  friends  George
and  Sebastian.     Am  looking
forward  to  blowing  the  froth
off a warm  English  beer  and
downing a few cool   Sangria's.
Ta Ta  for now.
Dear Library:
April 13, 1970
Will you please tell your *#@%?*! computer that
my address is not:
656O N.W. Marine, Vane.
Nor  is   it:
5*4-03 Westminster Ave.,   Ladner.
It   is:
#201-2232  West  5th Ave.,   Vane.
But it's not that for long.  It'll soon be:
3005 Beach Drive,
Victoria, B.C.
How come  the computer didn't  believe me when   I   wrote
him my new address   last  fall   -   I   didn't  even make   it  to Bird
Calls.     Probably after writing my exams   I'll   find   I'm not
even   registered!
Happy  summer.
(alias,   Sue Weston
3rd H.Ec.) 12
Some time when you're feeling important,
Some time when your ego's in bloom,
Some time when you take it for granted
You're the best qualified in the room -
Some time when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfiliable hole,
Just follow this simple instruction,
And see how it humbles your soul:
Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it, up to your wrists;
Pull it out, and the hole that's remaining
Is the measure of how you'll be missed.
You may splash all you please when you enter
You can stir up the water galore
But stop and you tind in a minute
That it looks quite the same as before.
The moral in this quaint example
Is:  Do just the best that you can;
Be proud of yourself, but remember
There's no indispensible man!
(Or woman) 13 14
Things to come - a report from Mc Elrod.
At a conference called by the National Librarian May 19th
and 20th and attended by librarian and system types, the
following resolution was adopted:
Whereas the discussions growing out of the papers presented
in this meeting have indicated a need for follow-up and
consistent study and action to achieve some of the desired
objectives, therefore be it resolved:
I - that we approve the Research and Planning Branch
of the National Library functioning as a permanent secretariat coordinating the efforts of task
II - that the Research and Planning Branch in Consultation with Canadian libraries and library
organizations establish priorities and initiate
task forces to investigate such topics as:
1) The expected uses of a machine readable national
union catalogue or national bibliographic data
bank including methods of cooperative contributions to such a bank and possible charges for
2) The relevance of BNB MARC and classed searching
to the Canadian bilingual situation and the
use of LC classification.
3) The exact content of a Canadian MARC format.
k)     Standard class tables for Canadian history and
literature with updating at the National Library. 15
5) Adoption of the provisional Laval subject list
as the official list in French for use in
Canada with updating at the National Library.
Three additional task force areas were added to the original
6) Adoption and updating of the List of Canadian
Subject Heading at the National Library.
7) Creation of an LC index.
8) Approaching Canadian publishers concerning
possibilities of cataloguing-in publication
(nee cataloguing-in-source).
Immediate results of these resolutions on UBC
cataloguing practice.
In line with the likelihood of classed searching
or a national machine readable catalogue, Cataloguing will transcribe on our unit cards any other
class numbers present, e.g., PS where we use PR,
R where we use W, DDC where present.  SBN and LC
card order number will also be given.
If in classifying cataloguers have established
more than one possible number for an item they
will note the unused number(s) below the tracing
and it will be preserved on the unit card for
possible future use as a classed descriptor. 16
View from within No. 5
It has been suggested that the following should be
directed to Floor 7> but in the true spirit of
impartial journalism, BIBLOS addresses itself
"Mr ?? today I leave and I want you to
know, that I have saved every single memo
you ever sent me" 17
The following is a completely uninhibited,
unexpurgated and uncensored expose of some
guides to wildflower appreciation - so
those of you who had expected
otherwise can stop reading
right now.  For the rest who
are gamely carrying on, in
spite of having been ruthlessly tricked into starting,
I propose to list some of the
guides to our native wildflowers
which I have found particularly
helpful, in the hope that you will
As some may know I paint wild-
flowers in my spare time and I
hope eventually to publish my
own guide to them.  In my work I
rely very much upon the work of
others in this field for purposes
of identification and background
information.  I always paint from
live specimens but I must be sure,
for example, that what I have is a typical manifestation of the
plant.  I must also try to find out how different environmental
conditions might affect the appearance of a plant so that I can
select the form which would be most commonly seen.  In my own library
I have over 80 books and pamphlets on wildflowers - most of them
dealing with the western coast of North America but some from eastern
Canada and the U.S. and several from other parts of the world.  I
have my own copies of all the books which follow but I have included
the U.B.C. call number as well so that you can check them out for
yourself if you wish.
The first thing you learn when you begin to try to identify wildflowers is that no one book will suffice and I have had to do a lot
"B wneh -berry 18
of searching in order to find some quite common plants.  However, as
you become more familiar with the flowers you will begin to recognize
the family to which a plant belongs even though you may not have
seen this particular member of it before.  I derived a great deal of
satisfaction from being able to identify most of the flowers I saw
last year in Austria, at least as far as the families to which they
belonged, just because of their similarities to their North American
The following books are only a very few of the guides which are
available but they are amongst the ones which I like best:
QK 203  Lyons, C.P.
B7 L9      Trees, shrubs and flowers to know in British Columbia.
1966    (2d rev. ed.) Toronto, Dent (1964, i.e. 1966) $3.95.
This is a good all-round guide and the new edition is quite comprehensive.  Although it has only black and white illustrations the
flowers are arranged in sections by colour, which helps a lot.  There
is a chart giving blooming periods and a section on trees and shrubs.
Probably the best for the beginner.  (You can use it as a colouring
book if you want, colouring in the flowers as you find them).
QK 144 Hardy, George A. Winifred V. Hardy.
H3        Wild flowers in the Pacific Northwest.  Saskatoon,
1964   H.R. Larson (1964) $9.50.
QK 139 —.
H25      Wild flowers in the Rockies.  Saskatoon,
H.R. Larson (1949) $9.50.
These books have coloured illustrations and the flowers are arranged
in sections by colour.  I think most of the illustrations are quite
good but the beginner may not immediately recognize some of the
flowers from the paintings.  The illustrations do, however, give an
indication of the type of habitat where each plant may be found and
some of them are very well done. The books have both Latin and
common-name indexes. Wild Flowers in the Pacific Northwest lists the
plants included in Wild Flowers in the Rockies so you can use the
former as a guide to both. 19
QK 143  Haskin, Leslie L.
H3 Wild flowers of the Pacific Coast. (2d ed.)
1967     Portland, Binfords and Mort (1967) $5.95.
This book  published in Oregon, is primarily concerned with plants
from Oregon but the majority of them are also found in B.C. Illustrated
with photographs, a number of them in colour, it combines intriguing
bits of information about Oregon's early history with good plant
descriptions which, while accurate botanically, anyone can understand.
Lemmon, Robert S. and Charles C. Johnson.
Wild flowers of North America in full
color. N.Y., Hanover House (1961) $11.50.
some of the loveliest photographs of
rs which I have ever seen.  For detail
r they are unsurpassed.  It is also the
riating and frustrating book of its kind
ence thanks to a really unbelievable index
sts only common names, if you can imagine!
names follow the common names but this is
Since common names vary from area to area
they have made it a million times worse by
g these names with words like "little",
", etc. you can't even find anything as
s a dandelion because it's called pre-
hat - "common dandelion" - and listed
'C.  The plants are  arranged by habitat -
, mountain, etc. - and this sometimes
but plants are often adaptable and can
in both places so one's often fooled.  I've
at this book so often now that I know
an illustration of a particular plant will
ere and I just grit my teeth and start
ing.  I must admit that when you finally
umble upon what you're looking for the
otograph will really be worth the effort.
When I retire the first thing I intend
to do is to index this book properly!
P&iryillfptr   orehloL 20
QK 139  Craighead, John J. et al.
C 9 A field guide to Rocky Mountain wildflowers from
I963     Northern Arizona and New Mexico to British Columbia.
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, I963. $4.95.
If you want to correlate the incubating of magpies with the blooming
of clematis this is the book for you.  It has all kinds of useful
facts like this, as well as quite detailed descriptions of the plants.
It's a useful one-up-manship book because it enables you to exclaim,
"Look - the bull thistle is in bloom!  Is that a half-grown Uinta
squirrel I see scampering around the meadow?", thus astounding, confounding, and nauseating your friends.  It is illustrated with line
drawings and coloured photographs and you'll find it especially helpful in the mountains and as you move eastward through the province.
On order Alberta.  Dept. of Industry and Development.
Wild flowers of Alberta by R.G.H. Cormack.
(Edmonton, 1967) $6.00.
This book is a real bargain at $6.00.  It has coloured photographs
of all plants described and most of the photographs are really very
good.  There are approximately 400 plants included and most of them
occur in B.C. as well as Alberta.
Q 111 B.C. Provincial Museum.
B72     Handbook. No.l-     Victoria, B C., 1942-
These handbooks include a number of excellent little guides to various
groups of plants in the province - lilies, orchids, etc.  They contain
very accurate botanical descriptions and black and white illustrations
and are just the right size to carry in a pack.  They are also a real
bargain at from 25<J to $2.00. They are published by the Queen's
Printer in Victoria and the series includes guides to B.C. birds, fish,
bivalves, etc. as well as to  plants. Most bookstores will have them.
Q.H 1  Hitchcock, C. Leo, et al.
W 38    Vascular plants of the Pacific Northwest.
V.17:2-5 (Parts 1 to 5). Seattle, University of Washington press
(1955-1969) $100.00.
(Univ. of Wash. Publication in biology, v.17)
Really only for the serious plant sleuth (because of the cost and the
technical nature of the text) these volumes are still of interest to
the beginner and you might want to look at them.  The botanical
descriptions are highly technical but the line drawings are excellent
and you can identify your plant pretty quickly just by using the
illustrations. 21
QK 281    Polumin, Oleg.
P 65 Flowers of Europe; a field guide.
1969      1969. ca. $10.00.
London, Oxford,
Many of our wildflowers are 'introduced' or 'garden escapes'.
This means that they have been imported from other countries and have
been successful enough to seed themselves out of the gardens and off
into the wilderness.  It is hard to believe when you find a dandelion
in the Yukon mountains that it is not a native, but it isn't.  This
book will help you to identify some of our foreigners and will also
give you descriptions of some of our garden plants.   It is well
illustrated with coloured photographs and has an excellent index,
an extensive bibliography arranged by country, a glossary, a key to
families and an index to genera to the popular name of each genus in
English, French, German and Italian. 22
To end here
are three books
for those who
want their flower
watching to be
satisfying in a
practical as wel1
as an aesthetic
way.  I have tried
number of the recipes
and they have all been
good.  Among my favorites
are puff-balls, shaggy-
manes, fiddlehead greens,
nettles and, of course,
jams, jellies and pies
made with blueberries,
blackberries, crow
berries, pin cherries
and saskatoons. 23
Q 111   B.C. Provincial Museum
B72       Handbook No.20. Guide to common edible plants of
No.20  British Columbia, by Adam F. Szczawinski and G.A. Hardy.
Victoria, 1962. 50c
TX 715 Boorman, Sylvia.
B 6       Wild plums in brandy; a cookery book of wild foods in
1969   Canada.  New York, McGraw-Hill, I969. $7.95.
QK 98.5 Gibbons, Euel1.
G48       Stalking the wild asparagus. New York, McKay (1962).
1962   $7.95. (Also available in paperback for about $3.00).
Strangely enough nettles are mentioned only in the Provincial Museum's
Handbook, which I find odd because we have always looked for them each
spring from the time I was small.  Here then is my recipe (or rather,
my father's recipe).
Nettles Capt. Cates
Embark upon nettle gathering armed with a paper bag and a pair
of scissors - remember these are stinging nettles!  (Put some
baking soda and water on the afflicted parts if you get caught).
Snip off the very young nettle shoots (they should be about 3"
to 4" high) with the scissors and drop them in the bag.  When
you get home put the nettles in a pan, boil up some water, pour
it over them and allow them to steep for a minute or two.  Then
rinse, clean and cook them in a pot with a little salted water
just as you would spinach - except that nettles taste a whole lot
better than spinach, which I can't stand, and help your rheumatism too - or so they say.  Serve with lots of butter or sour
cream, and salt and pepper.  You could probably use them in any
recipe which called for cooked spinach.
Many wildflowers will adapt well to civilization and we have a
number in our garden.  In most instances I don't approve of
picking but I do condone digging up and transporting to your
garden - in moderation and once you've learned what can and can't
be transplanted.  We have successfully grown quite a few of our
native plants and we've even experimented with mycology to the
extend of sprinkling our lawn with puff-ball spores.  We had
several delicious meals of home-cultured puff-balls last fall,
too.  So happy hunting, and bon appetit!
Suzanne Dodson 24
Ever wonder what becomes of all those missing volumes?


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