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YOU CAN BE AMONG THE FIRST TO CROSS THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE

  A little over a year ago, I described how global warming had melted the northernmost iceflows, opening up the Northwest Passage. I reported that Russian cargo ships were about to take a new sea route, located 500 miles north of the Arctic circle and less than 1200 miles from the North Pole.   How  Continue Reading »

EL NINO IS NOT A FRIEND TO EVERYONE

In a hot, dusty, field in Guyana, workers  desperately dig to clear water ditches, so that what precious little water there is gets where it is needed. This year’s El Nino  is not only disappointing Southern Californians,  where I live, but it is causing real damage to South Americans. A few of our Listen2Read audiobooks  Continue Reading »

HOW NATIVE AMERICANS WERE PUSHED ACROSS THE RIVER

    Whenever I publish a historic adventure audiobook, I include an AFTERWARD, so that the listener can place the events in a historical perspective. For this reason, I was reviewing American history about the Louisiana Purchase for my new audiobook, “A Tour On The Prairies,” by Washington Irving, the first famous American author. “A  Continue Reading »

A LAST MINUTE DECISION THAT MADE AMELIA EARHART FAMOUS

On March 22, 1927, Charles Lindberg became the first man to fly non-stop across the Atlantic from the United States to Europe. He was an instant national hero. While there were many pioneering woman pilots at the time, most people seemed to believe that aviation was a man’s profession.     Amy Phipps Guest disagreed.  Continue Reading »

THE DOOMED WHALESHIP ESSEX AND THE DOOMED “MOBY DICK”

Ron Howard has just directed a new major motion picture based on the book ” In The Heart of The Sea,” by Nathaniel Philbrick. It is a retelling of the famous sea tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, in 1820, when a giant 80-foot whale became angry at the whaleship and attacked it, bashing in the  Continue Reading »

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

When I was a teenager and home alone one night, I started reading an old, used book of short stories I had picked up on sale. It was written by an author I had never heard of. His name is H.P. Lovecraft. After I had read for a while, the room seemed to grow colder,  Continue Reading »

SHIPING A BOAT OVER LAND WEST IN 1869

Green River Wyoming today lures world class bicyclists with tempting mountain trails and spectacular scenery. But in 1868, the bicycle was the last thing on the minds of Green River citizens.  They were excited about the building of the transcontinental railroad, which would cross the Green River near the town of Green River, bringing potential prosperity. The building  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 »