Posts Tagged ‘California’

Big America: Crossing Deserts

Big America: Crossing Deserts

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Today was a day of crossing deserts and state lines.  Parched, dry landscapes and obscure Americana dominated our voyage east on this leg of our cross-country journey.  Escaping California offered little relief in terms of change of barren landscapes, although the appearance of giant solar farms was a welcome first.  […]

Big America: Monterey to Barstow

Big America: Monterey to Barstow

Barstow, California. Today’s theme was energy. The first day of our cross-country road trip started with high hopes and enthusiasm along Monterey’s verdant Pacific coast. It ended in fatigue in the Mojave’s brown and bone-dry desert expanses. Boca, who’s doing all the driving on the trip, didn’t make it onto the Monterey Peninsula until around […]

Leaving California Behind

Leaving California Behind

Marina, California.  It’s official.  I’m leaving California.  In two weeks time, I’ll be relocating back to Florida. For much of my life, people told me that I belonged in California.  They told me I had that California laid-back vibe and attitude, and that I’d find it a land of kindred spirits.  And as my environmental […]


10 Ways to Tell Governor Brown "Shark Fins Must Go"

10 Ways to Tell Governor Brown “Shark Fins Must Go”

Marina, California. For California, this is a moment of truth. Will you retain your role as a global leader in ocean conservation and sustainable use? Or will you turn your back on the future of sharks and, in consequence, both the ocean and ourselves? Many organizations, advocates and plain ole’ regular Californians have been working […]

The Joy of Wild, Wild, Wild Places

The Joy of Wild, Wild, Wild Places

Marina, California.  Sorting through last year’s footage, I came across this little clip in which I was asked “What do you love?”.  I get a little tongue-tied and repetitive in my response, but the short answer is wilderness. And wild, wild, wild places.  Which are beautiful.  And I love them.  With wild animals running around.  […]

Are Writers Better Behind Bars?

Are Writers Better Behind Bars?

Marina, California.  On Friday The New York Times featured an essay entitled Why Writers Belong Behind Bars.  It’s a fascinating look at what makes some writers especially prolific and how forced imprisonment has often catalyzed the most productive years of writer’s lives. The article then leads into the somewhat more light topic on techniques of […]