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

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A tough good-bye, weather extremes, best movie and books, and other 2017 highlights

Here are the good and bad from 2017: Toughest Good-bye to a Canine: Molly, shown above in September of 2016, lived with Susan in St. George, Utah, but was an occasional visitor to my house, as in this backyard photo. She lived a long life, was always ravenous but otherwise contented, and showed friendliness to … More A tough good-bye, weather extremes, best movie and books, and other 2017 highlights

Laterite roads, angostura, atabrine, and other appurtenances of a great Graham Greene novel

And finally, this: it’s funny as hell that Major Scobie commits the worst crime possible by receiving Communion without having been absolved of his mortal sin, and he is certain of his doom, but in the next chapter is promoted to Commissioner. … More Laterite roads, angostura, atabrine, and other appurtenances of a great Graham Greene novel

Piet Hein’s poems are like waking up to 18 unexpected inches of snow and school’s canceled

A question as I read Collected Grooks I, by Piet Hein, concerned the language of authorship. Were they written in Danish or English? The rhymes are so ingenious, and some of the old forms of words so specific, that they couldn’t have been translated from Danish to English. Or was I wrong? Now that I’ve finished … More Piet Hein’s poems are like waking up to 18 unexpected inches of snow and school’s canceled

Putting the screws to climate alarmists requires screws with sharp points

Alex Epstein has done a useful thing by writing The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, published last year by Portfolio/Penguin. He links fossil fuel consumption to our high quality of life and exposes the fraudulence of Amory Lovins, Paul Erlich, Bill McKibben, John Holdren, and James Hansen–alarmists whose predictions of doom haven’t quite been realized. While reading the book, I was reminded … More Putting the screws to climate alarmists requires screws with sharp points

Weeding through books closes the trail on ‘Sexual Pathways’

Because I’m pretty much finished working on my landscaping project, which is a wintertime thing (it’s now heating up in the Palm Springs area), I’ve started doing some spring cleaning and rearranging inside. It is now exactly two years since I bought this house.  When I moved in, I dropped bookshelves here and there and loaded … More Weeding through books closes the trail on ‘Sexual Pathways’