It’s Always About the Beer

[from the B&N newsletter (Barnes and Nobles), October 6, 2021. Thanks to SB Jerry, Quaker SBs for bringing this to our attention.] In 1967, a former U.S. Marine named John “Chick” Donohue snuck into Vietnam to find his buddies serving in the war and bring them beer and bear hugs from back home.  It would... Continue Reading →

“Homebrew” Psilocybin Created By Scientists Using “Widely Available” Materials

published on, October 6, 2021 Large quantities of psilocybin – the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms – can be produced in a rudimentary “homebrew style environment” that doesn’t even need to be sterilized, according to a new study in the journal Bioengineered. While recreational users will still find it easier to obtain the psychedelic drug by growing or hunting... Continue Reading →

Paying Attention to the Trees

from, September 21, 2021 Ghost forests creep up U.S. East Coast New Jersey's Atlantic white cedar forests are turning from green to a pale white, a sign of creeping sea levels and more frequent superstorms. By Andrew Bossone and Maura Barrett WOODBINE, N.J. — Shawn LaTourette sees a warning on the coast of New Jersey in the... Continue Reading →

Ralph Waldo Emerson … a True Silverback

Still Ahead of His Time Born 200 years ago this month, Ralph Waldo Emerson had some strange ideas about the natural world. Recent research suggests they might even be true Frederick Turner from The Smithsonian Magazine, May, 2003 "Hitch your wagon to a star," wrote Emerson, whose Concord, Massachusetts, residence (c. 1900) is now a... Continue Reading →

Who Reads Silverback Digest?

You are only as good as the company you keep, right? The ranks of Silverbacks are primarily self-selected. As a group I would describe them as super-cool, compassionate, humble, highly intelligent, unquestionably good-looking, fun, courageous, sexy, sensitive, and furry. Our core group of Silverbacks swells on an almost daily basis by denizens of the blogosphere... Continue Reading →

Turn Off Your Lights

The Perils of Bird Migration By Brett Amy Thelen One morning in early autumn, I was running errands in downtown Keene, New Hampshire, when I was stopped in my tracks by a flash of yellow. Crouching down, I found a gorgeous, palm-sized bird, olive above, with a belly as gold as sunshine. It was a... Continue Reading →

Silverbacks Dads

Did Dads Evolve? By Elizabeth Preston This article was originally published at Knowable Magazine and has been republished under Creative Commons. Lee Gettler is hard to get on the phone, for the very ordinary reason that he’s busy caring for his two young children. Among mammals, though, that makes him extraordinary. “Human fathers engage in... Continue Reading →

The Real Chelsea Green

  [Editor's Note: I was President and Publisher at Chelsea Green from 1995 to 2002. The essential challenge of a publisher, at least in my interpretation, is to decide how "to make information public," and I am very proud of the roughly 125 titles that were "made public" during my tenure. Our mission, as stated... Continue Reading →

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