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 […]

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 […]

What Killed the Great Beasts of Prehistory?

From a recent study: “Scientists at the universities of Exeter and Cambridge claim their research settles a prolonged debate over whether humankind or climate change was the dominant cause of the demise of massive creatures in the time of the sabretooth tiger, the woolly mammoth, the woolly rhino and the giant armadillo. “Known collectively as […]

Opal as a Sign of Life

Interesting. Martian gems could point to evidence of life “Professor Martin Lee, of the University’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, is lead author of the research paper. He said: ‘The slice of Nakhla that we have is small, and the amount of fire opal we’ve found in it is even smaller, but our discovery […]

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.

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‚Äôs nothing left? What do you do when every resource on earth has been exhausted? When water, air, and food must evermore be recycled to […]