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GLOBAL WARMING, GLACIERS AND JOHN MUIR

  Global warming was not on the mind of George Vancouver as he explored the coast of southwest Alaska in 1794. Having sailed from the balmy coast of Maui, Hawaii, to the frozen Northwest, any kind of warming would be welcome. While Vancouver couldn’t imagine global warming, he saw, measured and mapped the cold.  He  Continue Reading »

WORLD WAR ONE: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO KAISER WILHELM II?

  Famous naturalist William Beebe had bitter remembrances of World War One: “After creeping through slime-filled holes beneath the shrieking of swift metal, after splashing one’s plane through companionable clouds three miles above the little jagged, hero filled ditches, and dodging other sudden-born clouds of nauseous fumes and blasting heart of steel; after these, one  Continue Reading »

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Happy Halloween from Listen2Read Audio book publishers   In the spirit of  Halloween, here is a free download of a scary story by a famous author. The story is called the THE TERRIBLE OLD MAN. It was written early in H.P.Lovecraft’s notable career and published in 1921. It runs about 10 minutes: Here is the Youtube  Continue Reading »

JAMES NORMAN HALL: THE LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE AND WORLD WAR ONE

James Norman Hall, a very adventurous author, passed away 63 years ago this month. Hall, with his writing partner Charles Nordoff, wrote a number of well-received books. The most well known today is “Mutiny on the Bounty”,  twice made into successful films. Who can forget Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh?       Other works  Continue Reading »

MURDER, DEATH AND A 1 CENT MAGENTA STAMP

In 1856, in British Guyana, there was a major communications gap. A valuable shipment of postage stamps from the mother country, England, had not arrived. There was no way to mail anything to anyone in British Guyana or anywhere else. This was 52 years before William Beebe established his Tropical Research Station in British Guyana,  Continue Reading »

COPING WITH THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT

I visited a special plant nursery last week to help me cope with California’s serious drought. It’s a nursery that specializes in California native plants – flora that survive in the arid Southern California climate of very little rain.   As I walked through the various plant displays at the Theodore Payne Foundation, I kept  Continue Reading »

The Last Meal Before the Hangman Arrives

I ate a convicted murderers final meal last week in San Francisco. A final meal if it were 1850. The dish is called a “Hang Town Fry,” and it was demanded by criminals about to be put to death in Hang Town, known today as Placerville, California. Since a man about to be hung was  Continue Reading »

New book on Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft to become a motion picture

For those who admire Theodore Roosevelt, there was exciting news from Hollywood. Variety reported that Doris Kearns Goodwin’s upcoming book to be released this week “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism” has been acquired by Dreamworks and will be made into a motion picture. No director has  Continue Reading »