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 […]

An Ancient Lament

In the long, sordid history of scoundrels and rogues, Gilgamesh would be right up there with the worst of ’em. Gilgamesh, a mythical figure* from the first modern civilization, that in ancient Sumer, a.k.a. the Cradle Of Civilization, a collection of towns along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in what was the Fertile Crescent, was […]

Neanderthalensis

The art of reconstructing our ancient relatives, the Neandertals (commonly, neanderthals) from fossils has gotten pretty amazing. Neanderthals (roughly 350,000 to 35,000 years ago) did not lead to us however, we came from another group once called the Cro-Magnons (now called Early Modern Humans). Eventually the Neanderthals became extinct. But before that happened there is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Knowing The Score

Everything is hard-edged and gray. There is no light. No color. It clangs painfully, and drones dully. The heartbeat of the world is slowing. Slowing. What do you do when there’s nothing left? What do you do when every resource on earth has been exhausted? When water, air, and food must evermore be recycled to […]

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 […]