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WHAT HAPPENED TO AMELIA EARHART’S AIRPLANE ‘THE FRIENDSHIP”?

On June 18, 1928, women throughout the world watched a new female role model unleash new potential for women. Her name was Amelia Earhart and on that June day, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean from America to Europe. Earhart was an instant heroine–named by the public “Lady Lindy,” the  Continue Reading »

MY FAVORITE DOG STORY

There is something about a dog that affects me emotionally. Like most people, I anthropomorphize the actions of my dog as if he were  literate, intuitive and highly philosophical. That’s why I love John Muir’s wonderful story about a stray dog who changed his life.         John Muir was an early explorer  Continue Reading »

HOW AN ASTROLOGER AND A SPIRITUALIST CREATED A FAMOUS WRITER: JACK LONDON

In 1874, an unmarried woman, Flora Wellman, was abandoned in San Francisco, where a newspaper described her as a “Discarded Wife”. Wellman made her living as a spiritualist, claiming to commune with the spirits of the late departed, who spoke to her from the other world. At 31, the poor lady was pregnant and left  Continue Reading »

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS ON THE WAY TO THE NORTH POLE 1907 -1908

Before 1908, other than Santa Claus, no human being had reached the North Pole, although many had tried and failed. Some had unfortunately died for their efforts. In the year 1908, two serious contenders were preparing for victory over nature. One was a respected medical Doctor and explorer with very little financial support and no friends  Continue Reading »

TWO STORMS THAT CHANGED THE LIFE OF CHARLES FLETCHER LUMMIS

  Two major storms in different parts of the United States changed the mindset of Writer and Activist for Native Americans Charles Fletcher Lummis. The First Storm On February 4, 1884, a heavy rain began to fall on Chillicothe, Ohio, where Charles Fletcher Lummis lived and worked as an editor of the weekly newspaper, the Chillicothe Leader.  Continue Reading »

KILAUEA ON FIRE

    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 »

WOMEN WHO FLY

It’s Women’s History Month and I’ve been researching some of the women pioneers of aviation. Perhaps the most famous woman aviator was Amelia Earhart and I have been fortunate enough to publish an audiobook of one of her memoirs, “20 Hrs. 40 Mins.”  But Earhart followed a long line of women pioneers. Consider, for example,  Continue Reading »

THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME AND THE STOCK MARKET CRASH

Our confident, high stock market reminds me of another high stock market early in 1929. That was when one of my environmental heros, Gifford Pinchot, buoyed with financial confidence a rising stock market gives, planned the adventure of a lifetime.   Financial security and the end of his Governorship of Pennsylvania presented Pinchot with a  Continue Reading »