Hiking the Gorge of Many Faces

If you’re in the woods and a rock looks fuzzy, there’s a reason Moss grew on its head while the rain fell. Don’t trust it — It only appears to be anchored to the hillside. Like an unstable partner it will unmoor, taking you down with it as you attempt to climb. Moss on rocks:…

This is a Good Story

It’s not very often life hands you a story, fully formed, that begs to be told. A really Good Story. Okay, there are the little stories. Like the time we let a bag of meat rot under our steps. Or when my four-year-old nephew accidentally backed my brother’s truck into a lake. I’m talking about the…

Breathe, Dance, Weep, Repeat

When the smoke creeps up through the valley there’s a feeling of dread, and those who can joke tell of Armageddon, and asthmatics stay indoors, and the rest either ignore it or put on white masks. If you’ve never breathed in smoke for days on end, let me tell you the effect is sort of…

1001 Questions Answered About the Seashore*

#173. If a starfish is torn apart into single rays, can each become a new star? Yes, under certain circumstances. Most rays (legs) will only grow out and reconstitute a whole starfish if the ray retains part of the central body region. However, there is a Southern Californian starfish which is remarkable in several ways.…

Views of the Eclipse

Okay, in case you missed the excitement on Monday, AND you still haven’t gotten around to looking up photos or videos, I’ll make it easy. 🙂 Let’s start with a video. Turn down your volume unless you like the sound of people screaming (why are they screaming??). I’ll admit that it’s boring to watch the…

Eclipses Many

When you sleep in a very old barn, roll out early in the morning, and it’s very cold but the wood looks so warm, that’s a selfieclipse. When you are a crusty farmer growing 500 acres of alfalfa in the middle of the desert, and you go to bed before sunset and wake up before…