Is holy grail for botanists—miracle herb silphium—extinct?

Imagine an herb so sought-after it was stored in a country’s treasury as though it was gold. Silphium was once in high demand. Now no one can find it although its value once made a city in what is now Shahhat, Libya the richest in Africa, according to an article posted at the BBC. What led to its demise? Why couldn’t ancient communities just cultivate it? What might we do if we were able to resurrect it today? Continue reading “Is holy grail for botanists—miracle herb silphium—extinct?”

Did Disney’s ‘Frozen’ offer answer to mystery of deaths on Dead Mountain?

Almost a year ago, I wrote about a 60 year old mystery involving nine people who died in an area popularly called ‘Dead Mountain’ in Russia. Answers to the mystery of those deaths—eight students and a ski instructor—have eluded sleuths for a long time. It looks as though one possibly credible theory has been put forth and the film “Frozen” may have been helpful . Continue reading “Did Disney’s ‘Frozen’ offer answer to mystery of deaths on Dead Mountain?”

Amid holiday season, cold cases on missing loved ones haunt the heart

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. One minute your child is there, and the next, he or she is gone forever. The pain of loss stays with you, and it sharpens during the holidays. A number of cases haunt me, including one famous case in Florida dating to 2006. Continue reading “Amid holiday season, cold cases on missing loved ones haunt the heart”

Our creepiest Halloween mystery ever

Halloween is the time of year when my family celebrates giving treats to little goblins and remembering our ancestors and loved ones who’ve passed on. We’ve made many Halloween memories, but one year’s events stand out because what happened was totally creepy and it remains a mystery. Continue reading “Our creepiest Halloween mystery ever”