For love of Lanner: Trees of the Great Basin is an enduring treasure

Back in the Civil War era, when turpentine was being distilled from Ponderosa pitch, one distiller learned the hard way about the disadvantages of confusing the identification of these yellow pine species. … More For love of Lanner: Trees of the Great Basin is an enduring treasure

Hollywood’s ultraviolence, chaos theory, and the end of mass shootings

Here’s a quick way to learn how arrogant and condescending some people can be: Say you grew up with semi-automatic weapons in your home but never contemplated a mass shooting. Then suggest there must have been a cultural shift that made mass shootings conceivable. It is really the availability of weapons, or is it the … More Hollywood’s ultraviolence, chaos theory, and the end of mass shootings

It took a visit to Thunderbird C.C. to learn of Nebraska’s leadership in water for food

Ethiopia is a tantalizing yet vexing example of Africa’s problems. Aid money goes to urban development, contributing to a backward situation and causing the pessimism expressed by Patrice McMahon. … More It took a visit to Thunderbird C.C. to learn of Nebraska’s leadership in water for food

From underachieving brat to model citizen in a few short weeks of 1967

Seventh grade at St. Pius X was a tough year. I went from A- in arithmetic to D. In the final quarter I had all C’s and D’s. It’s pretty obvious I’d stopped trying. My problems must have been because of the mean girls. I went to summer session at Thomas A. Edison School, where … More From underachieving brat to model citizen in a few short weeks of 1967

Half Dome–an inspiration point for a flatlander in 1976

After my sophomore year at University of Nebraska at Omaha, and much against my father’s objections, I hitchhiked from Omaha to California to try out my new Raichle hiking boots. Were they better on granite than on campus concrete? Besides, after so much hullabaloo about Yosemite Valley in physical geography class, I had to find … More Half Dome–an inspiration point for a flatlander in 1976