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DONALD TRUMP, THEODORE ROSEVELT AND THE ANTIQUITIES ACT

      Donald Trump’s re-examination of Bears Ears Monument in Utah,  covered by the Antiquities Act, reminded me why the Antiquities Act had been created in the first place in 1903.       THE HOMESTEAD ACT Before there was an Antiquities Act, there was a Federal Homestead Act of 1862, where the Federal Government  Continue Reading »

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 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 BURNING OF A DREAM

The current heat wave in California reminded me of a past heat wave that helped destroy the dreams of one of America’s most prolific writers.   It was August,1913 and the temperature reached 100 degrees in Sonoma County, California. Jack and Charmian London had just completed construction of their new home, located on their ranch  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 »