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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A clothing line discovered online. I’d have made it more colorful; perhaps a reprint of one of Mauricio Anton’s paintings. And included, of course, the word “middle”. BTW, the animal pictured is a Chalicothere.
“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 […]
As readers of this website know, California in ages past had a large inland sea, a mixture of salt and fresh water, known as the Temblor, and in times past, the San Joachin Sea. It varied in size over the many years, but sat in roughly the middle part of the state, the central valley, […]
I am unclear on something blogwise. As you might know, I’ve had this blog for a bit over a year now, yet in all that time I’ve had but one (very recent) non-family comment. I’m not sure why. Is it because the basis for the blog, the middle Miocene, is too technical? Is it boring? […]
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 […]