Desert Exploration / Environment / Flooding / Middle East / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Uncategorized

Rare View: Dry Desert River Floods Back to Life

Some hikers have witnessed dangerous flash floods that can occur in minutes–and lived to tell the tale. I’ve never seen one.  The River Zin in the Negev desert in Israel just offered mother nature’s dramatic example of a river roaring back to life. Of course, it’s particularly remarkable in a desert. The drop off into … Continue reading

American History / Arts & Culture / conservation / Culture / Environment / Literature / News Commentary / Science / Uncategorized

Amidst Chaos: A Call to Civil Conscience

A friend sent me Annie Proulx’s speech upon accepting the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Once mercifully beyond Anne Hathaway’s vacuous attempt at an introduction, Proulx’s speech starts after the 47 minute mark. If only her words could be genuinely cathartic and we could wake up to realize that we’ve been … Continue reading

Walking on Water in Italy
Christo / Curiosities / design / Public Art / Uncategorized

Walking on Water in Italy

Here’s one Christo project–this time in Italy– that I can say is intriguing, playful and engagingly surreal–more of an achievement worthy of the always-substantial investment by his wealthy patrons.   Walking on water…installed in 2016 is again in the saffron color he favored for the Gates installation. The experience of walking out over the lake must … Continue reading