Red Tide

My daughter is 16, and as we all know, the teenage years are often full of angst and self-doubt. They sure were for me, at least. Yet I have often remarked upon, and reveled in, her uncommon kindness and level-headedness. When I am feeling sad or low about something she is always there to cheer […]

Zephy Baby

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 […]

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 […]

Rejection is a Four Letter Word

Those who read this site and are familiar with the story of my novel know that Opalescence is a self-published, but not yet “officially” published book. This is not for lack of trying. Like countless other authors, I have sent query letters to many literary agencies and publishers via Agent Query and Query Tracker. The […]

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 […]

A Tribute to Loren Eiseley

Though I’ve read the works of a number of naturalists, Loren Eiseley* is my favorite. The man was gifted with a way of writing that called out faintly from that dark immensity, the vast sweep of time. Like me, he was a walker, but his were through the long ages as a keen observer, a […]

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 […]

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 […]