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Exposed

Apr 29, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Exposed

From a distance, the Tam-a-láu trail seems daunting because it appears to inch its way up a sheer cliff. As I begin the ascent, the initial steepness confirms this. But the trail settles down and meanders through a flatter area strewn with huge house-size boulders. Tam-a-láu means “a place of big rocks on the ground.”Read more …

Super Bloom

Apr 26, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Super Bloom

Lithophragma bilbifera is a flowery name for a tiny unassuming wildflower. A red stem arises from basal leaves that look like splayed fingers of green upon gritty volcanic soil. The stem is topped by little bulbs and beautiful lacy white blossoms. The Latin name lithophragma translates as ‘rock wall’, referring to the rocky environments theRead more …

Event Horizon

Apr 15, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Event Horizon

I am in awe as I ponder an auspicious event in astrophysics. The first picture of a black hole has recently emanated on computer and video screens around the world. But what is more amazing, since a black hole itself cannot be seen, is the event horizon, the circle of light revealing the position ofRead more …

Suggestions from a Wandering Idiot

Apr 10, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Suggestions from a Wandering Idiot

I am sometimes asked to offer some simple guidance based on my experience from a lifetime of study and practice in the realm of religion and philosophy. The following is one possible response to that request. • Mingle whatever you think and do with the intention of benefitting all beings equally. • Investigate your habitsRead more …

Wildflower Song

Apr 6, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wildflower Song

The desert is awash with spring rains this year. Drifts of late winter snow seep into the soil, melted by sun and showers of unfrozen moisture. As the earth warms, new growth sprouts into a subtle green blanket indicating the possibility of a great bloom in the coming months. We desert rats are smiling withRead more …