Again Falls This Quiet Persistent Rain…

According to the National Weather Service, this huge storm that hit California last night was the biggest precip to reach the state at this time of year in forty years (sorry, I can't reference that, because I can't find/remember where I read it). Hit central CA harder than us in SoCal, but boy was itContinue reading “Again Falls This Quiet Persistent Rain…”

In Wildness, Truth. In Wildness, Life…

From an essay by Jay Griffiths in Drunken Boat: What is wild cannot be bought or sold, borrowed or copied.  It is.  Unmistakable, unforgettable, unshameable, elemental as earth and water and fire.  Don’t waste your wildness: it is precious and necessary.  In wildness, truth.  In wildness, life.  And, for the human spirit as for anyContinue reading “In Wildness, Truth. In Wildness, Life…”

The Eroticism of the Sierra Nevada Salamander

Having spent much of the last month in the mountains, forgive me for putting up a few "timeless" posts, as we used to say in the newspaper biz, instead of on what happened yesterday. On my latest journey into the Southern Sierra, I took along a wonderful book called Sierra Nevada: The Naturalist's Companion. BeingContinue reading “The Eroticism of the Sierra Nevada Salamander”

Sex is the Environment (sez Wallace Shawn)

Wallace Shawn, as Wikipedia notes, is considered by the world to be a comic actor. But read the essays of Wallace Shawn (son of the famous New Yorker editor), or see his plays, and you will quickly realize that this man, ordinary looking though he may be is, is as he was described in ManhattanContinue reading “Sex is the Environment (sez Wallace Shawn)”