Reading List: My Last (And Next) Five Books, March 2017

The election of our first woman president was a momentous occasion, and I decided to commemorate the milestone by reading a lot of books by female authors this year. Oh, wait… Turns out, we didn’t elect a woman president. (Well, WE did, but the Electoral College chose someone else, but that’s another story…) I’m not … Continue reading Reading List: My Last (And Next) Five Books, March 2017


Old Trees, New Trees

These pictures were taken from the same spot on the Gateway Arch grounds, looking north toward the Arch. The top photo was taken in October 2014, just before workers started removing all of the rosehill ash trees that lined the walkways. The ash trees were threatened by the emerald ash borer, and for that and other reasons, … Continue reading Old Trees, New Trees


With just three days left in his term, the first President Clinton declared seven new "National Monuments" by executive order, setting aside large areas of environmentally sensitive land and ensuring that they would  receive federal protection from commercial development. (The move wasn't popular with some western politicians, who didn't want to see their states' land … Continue reading Kasha-Katuwe