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

Film fest rule number one: Don’t show the Norwegian director your script!

This woman, whose name is Joan, is a delightful eccentric with a bold print blouse and bold scarf and lots of rings and bracelets and a Texas accent. She wants to own a ‘61 Chevy someday. … More Film fest rule number one: Don’t show the Norwegian director your script!

The Panorama Loop trail leads through a unique corner of Joshua Tree National Park

Finishing up work early gave me the excuse to go hiking in Joshua Tree National Park on a December afternoon, one more admittance on my annual pass. I threw together a knapsack with insulated vest, 2 QT water, and camera—forgetting food whatsoever—and raced off. I wanted to go in through the obscure entrance at Black Rock Campground … More The Panorama Loop trail leads through a unique corner of Joshua Tree National Park

Seoul is a city of spotless cleanliness, nondescript residential towers, and well-dressed people

A few days in South Korea leave me with some observations. This was my first trip to eastern Asia, so everything was new. I stayed at the Signiel Hotel, which occupies upper floors in the 123-story Lotte World Tower–one of the world’s five tallest buildings. What a view of Seoul town! Way down below, the … More Seoul is a city of spotless cleanliness, nondescript residential towers, and well-dressed people

Bored with your self-pity but amused by Patrick, United’s charismatic flight attendant

Please, don’t bore me with your self-pity. I saw a journalist colleague in the hotel hallway. “Hi, how are you?” She told about working just as hard as ever for one-third the money. And a seven-hour flight, sitting near the restrooms and getting no sleep. A connecting flight was delayed.  All frowns. “We’ll have to catch up … More Bored with your self-pity but amused by Patrick, United’s charismatic flight attendant