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THE BATTLE THAT JOHN MUIR LOST

The famous naturalist John Muir was angry. He had lost a major battle protecting Yosemite National Park, the land he had loved for over 30 years. As founder of the Sierra Club, Muir had battled against the railroad industry wanting to install tracks through Yosemite, sheep herders wanting to graze every piece of greenery, lumber companies  Continue Reading »

GOLD MINING BEFORE THEY MADE LAWS

Gold mining in the late 1800’s was a business without controls. You dug in the ground at your own peril, and if you found gold or metal you dug it out, washed it out, sluiced it out or scratched it out. There were no laws governing how you operated, safety conditions or environmental considerations –  Continue Reading »

THE WOMEN SURFERS OF IRAN

The young Iranian woman adjusts her hijab headscarf, stands tall on her surfboard, and catches a wave rolling toward the southern shore of Iran. It is a shoreline so dry, empty and forbidding, it looks like a moonscape. The woman is part of a small group of Iranian women, who have introduced the sport of  Continue Reading »

THE BATTLE THAT WAS NEVER FOUGHT

James Norman Hall, co-author of “Mutiny on the Bounty,” experienced his first taste of mutiny at the end of World War One. North of where Hall was held captive in a German Prisoner of War Camp, the Dreadnaught “Prinzregent Luitpold” was tied up at a dock near the Kiel Canal.            Continue Reading »

THEODORE AND EDITH ROOSEVELT’S SECOND HONEYMOON

Edith Carow and Theodore Roosevelt were close childhood friends in New York City. As they grew from children into young adults, they attended both family and social events together. It appeared that the relationship might lead to something permanent, but when Theodore left home to enter Harvard University something changed in him. Soon after, he  Continue Reading »

IS SOMBATH SOMPHONE DEAD OR HAS HE JUST BEEN KIDNAPPED?

Hillary Clinton wants to know what happened to Sombath Somphone. She sent out a formal inquiry a few years ago, when she was Secretary of State. John Kerry wants to know. He made a formal request for information two years ago. And to this day, there is silence about Somphone’s health and whereabouts. So, who is  Continue Reading »

THE NAVEL ORANGE, JOSHUA SLOCUM AND BAHIA, BRAZIL

  In the early 1870’s, the spirits from the other side were summoned to Riverside, California by spiritualist Eliza Tibbets, who was well know for her séances on her farm near the Santa Ana River.   Eliza Tibbets was newly arrived in Riverside from the East with her husband, Luther.  Luther Tibbets had been in the  Continue Reading »

THE REVENGE OF AN ANGRY WHALE

In the 1800s, American whaling was a brutal, murderous undertaking. It was carried out by tough crewmen, on tall ships, based in Nantucket and New Bedford, Massachusetts, who were not afraid of huge whales. They were about to learn a frightening lesson.   After the American Revolutionary War, whalers had decimated the whale population in  Continue Reading »