Monthly Archives: July 2012

Richard Muller’s “Conversion of a Climate Change Skeptic” in the NY Times, Simon Winchester’s “Atlantic,” Plus One Glorious Bird

So it’s heartening to see that a climate change skeptic has changed his tune, and makes his case for human-induced climate change in today’s NY Times, here. I was hanging out with my two teenage nieces this week, and made … Continue reading

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The Raptors of Custer County

So living in a high-desert mountain valley, I see a ton of raptors on the telephone poles and fence posts as I drive to and from town. Most of the time they’re easily identified (or guessed) as Red-Tailed Hawks, since … Continue reading

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“Dust-Bowlification” and Climate Change in the NY Times

So Paul Krugman has a good piece in today’s NY Times, here. ThinkProgress.org has blasted the Times for its recent blather about climate change, so it’s nice to see at least Krugman seems to get it. I like his ending … Continue reading

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On Simon Winchester’s “Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories,” Plus That Crazy “Mermaid” Show Last Night

So today is a High Brow/Low Brow blue plate special: Right now I’m reading Simon Winchester’s Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories (2010), part of my summer reading slate of … Continue reading

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A Tom Cruise Story That You Won’t See on Entertainment Tonight

So what I find irritating about our celebrity-obsessed culture is that we adore our movie stars, then want to tear them down and make them out to be monsters, as if from some elaborate (and national) You Think You’re Better … Continue reading

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“The Bird Saviors” Imagines Another Dust Bowl: Could This Happen Again?

So one of the tricks of writing a novel set in the “near future” is that whatever reality you come up with should be relevant, conceivable, and interesting, and of course I hope I’ve pulled that off in my new … Continue reading

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Fireworks for Summer People: A Tale of Summer Mayhem

So seeing as we’re living through the worst wildfire season in Colorado history, our annual fireworks show in the town of Westcliffe was canceled due to a Stage 2 fire ban. I missed it. As a kid, fireworks were a … Continue reading

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Reading “The Southwestern Journals of Zebulon Pike: 1806-7″: A Vision of Colorado Springs Before It Was Afire, Plus “The Bird Saviors” Appears on KRCC, Colorado Springs Radio

So after returning from another trip to Santa Fe, I’m now reading “The Southwestern Journals of Zebulon Pike: 1806-7,” which recounts an expedition to explore the Arkansas River boundary of the Louisiana Purchase—otherwise known as a Poor Man’s Lewis & … Continue reading

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