Five 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‚Äôve 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 […]

Step Right Up!

If I haven’t totally botched this (always a possibility*). To my millions ūüėČ of loyal followers (okay, hundreds), a Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Soyal, Bodhi day, Yule, Pancha Ganapati, Shab-e YaldńĀ, Malkh-Festival, Chinese New Year, Omisoka, Newtonmas, Hogmanay and Humbug day (and any I might have left out by accident) gift. For a five day only […]

Jurassic Wars

As most people know, there’s a new installment in the¬†Jurassic Park¬†series. This one is called¬†Jurassic World.¬†I haven’t seen it yet as I am waiting for it to come to the big, drive in, screen. I figure you have to see dinosaurs on a big screen, and driveins are the biggest I know. What most people […]

The Past is No Guide to the Future

“During the Middle Miocene ‚Ķ 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 […]

Digging In!

It’s one thing to read about something, but something else to actually do it, to be a participant versus just a spectator. In the case of the Middle Miocene we can read about it in lots of dry scientific dissertations, or we can visit it in our minds via a book like Opalescence. But there […]