Half Feral

Saturday hike in a rare California rain. Just me and the boy. Couldn’t let it pass. The place, the Los Padres National Forest: mountain grass/woodland – my favorite. Everywhere was a misty Monet, and it only took a few steps to fade into the painting. … We tip-toed through sleepy meadow tallgrass bent under the […]

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 […]

Paradise Lost

The “myth” of a paradisiacal past, or Golden Age, where people once lived in a fertile land/world of beauty, abundance and diversity is pretty well universal around the globe. The topic, though, is much too complicated for me to do it definitive justice, so instead I’m going to take the lazy way out and copy […]

Something New

For Opalesscence. A Goodreads Book Giveaway. While I have given away e-book versions of O before , this will be the first time I’ve done so with paperback* copies. Thus you might say it’s a bit of an experiment. Starting today, July 15, and running for one month to August 15, I am giving away […]

Primal Urges

Hmm. Someone has compiled a rather long list of prehistoric fiction novels (1,378 titles!). For you trivia buffs, before Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs came along, there was James De Mille. His 1888 story, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, is supposedly the oldest published dinosaur novel*. Anyway, I’m wondering if […]

Study: Without humans, the whole world could look like Serengeti

An extension of another post, What Killed the Great Beasts of Prehistory? “In a world without humans, most of northern Europe would probably now be home to not only wolves, Eurasian elk (moose) and bears, but also animals such as elephants and rhinoceroses. “This is demonstrated in a new study conducted by researchers from Aarhus […]

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 Trees That Miss The Mammoths

I had to give this wonderful article from American Forests magazine and written by Whit Bronaugh some space here. Read and imagine. If you’re done with the article and want to read more, may I suggest The Ghosts Of Evolution Nonsensical Fruit, Missing Partners, And Other Ecological Anachronisms.