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    The frightening television pictures of the volcano Kilauea erupting on the Big Island of Hawaii have been tragic, as the lava flow wipes out homes. All of our hearts go out to the islanders, who have or may lose their homes as fissures open up unpredictably. I remember, years ago, driving completely around  Continue Reading »


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 »

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

April 18, 1906, 107 years ago, the ground shook here in California in the City of San Francisco. It was an earthquake estimated to be of a magnitude of between 7.5 and 8.25 in today’s measurements.