Bob Reynolds: An Infectious Good Nature

I was saddened to read of Robert E. Reynolds* death today. He has a long legacy that will be very hard for someone to fill. I learned about it via the Desert Symposium website. Though I am obviously interested in the Barstovian, and other such happy, peaceful times, I am utterly dwarfed by Bob. Bob […]

Seven Sides of San Luis Obispo

I love this town. Oprah Winfrey has called it America’s Happiest City. Following are some pics I’ve taken on various hikes in the hills surrounding SLO, as locals call it. If you look in the distance, you can see the ocean in some of them. The mountains are ancient volcanos called, The Morros. Most were […]

Zephy Baby

I’ve not mentioned it before, but until recently, we owned a horse. Or, perhaps, Zephyr (meaning a gentle wind from the west) owned us. Either way, we were together for almost ten years. We got her from a rescue farm that, in turn, bought horses from a premarin farm in Canada. Premarin farms are (or […]

Zzyzx Road

From Jon Jenkins’ Beyond City Light album. One of those special tunes that inspired me to write. Zzyzx, a small complex of buildings located in the Mojave Desert midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, was once a spa and retreat of sorts for devout Christians. It was run by a colorful fellow named Curtis […]

The Past is No Guide to the Future

“During the Middle Miocene … carbon dioxide levels were sustained at about 400 parts per million, which is about where we are today,” said Aradhna Tripati, UCLA assistant professor in the department of Earth and space sciences and the department of atmospheric and oceanic sciences. As we close in on the similarities between the atmospherically […]