The world’s leading climate scientists warned last year that humanity only has until 2030 for global heating to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. Thankfully, the half-black-half-white man who was […]

I hear a chorus of cautious and concerned voices in the mainstream media warning Democrats to refrain from pushing their agenda too far to the left. When you’re on the inside looking out, I suppose you’ll do that. Here’s what I believe: Hesitation kills and this is the absolute worst time in American history to […]

Texas Hill Country is the second most visited wine region in the United States today. Only Napa Valley receives more visitors on an annual basis. The expansive multi-county area west of Austin is home to dozens of wineries and the Highway 290 corridor from Johnson City to Fredericksburg is literally packed with possibilities. The question […]

Place shapes people and people shape culture. Texas writer and literary lion, Larry McMurtry, knows all about this premise. In fact, he has spent several decades making this geocultural reality his own truth and his books are both products of and reflections of The West. In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas is a book […]

If you were alive during slavery what would you do? If you were alive during the rise of Nazi Germany, what would you do? You can see where this is going… We, the American people, now know what it’s like to be lost inside of a fast-moving, all-powerful political coup. American democracy at the federal […]

Food is an expression of culture and the perfect medium for sharing one’s culture. Philosophers throughout the ages have waxed poetic about the nature and value of food. I like what Wendell Berry said: Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. Following our move to […]

How are you? I am red white and blue Pioneer blood, Indian blood, the blood of slaves, the blood of immigrants… From the heart of the nation our vital fluids flow Into the dirt of Turtle Island, which wants water Delicate flowers, found fortunes So many petals like promises swept Ghosts of pale riders, disease […]

Last March, we sold our house in West Linn, Oregon and moved to Austin, Texas. Positive change and forward motion have been a big part of 2018. We call it our year of the pivot. When it was time to move (after months of preparation), we embarked on an epic road trip from the Pacific […]

I wrote this poem after visiting a photo exhibit at Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown Austin. Maria from Monterey It’s not terribly far, as a bird flies, from Monterey to Laredo Young Maria’s journey was wingless She moved at night, her thirst unsatisfied Coyotes and owls shared their star-lit canyons When she slept she had bad […]

Military spending in the United States eats up more than half of our nation’s “discretionary spending,” or the portion of the budget that the president requests and Congress appropriates every year. Yet, you don’t hear cries for change when it comes to military spending. We can’t deprive the American military its right to might. That […]

When people stop believing in facts, and the mainstream media stops reporting facts, we are a lost people. That’s a fact. Cheri Jacobus, a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors and a Republican consultant, is advocating for a fact-based solution to the current state of factlessness in American media and politics. Non-Trump media are […]

Austin makes a strong impression on the newcomer. It’s sunny and warm, the people are warm and friendly, and there are seemingly a million places of interest for the food and beverage lover to consider and discover. Both Zagat and WalletHub rank Austin high on their lists of best cities for foodies. And Easter Austin […]

Black Mirror, the Netflix series now in its fourth season, makes an indelible impression on the soft parts of the brain. Season 3, episode 1, in particular, is perfect TV programming for the Digital Age. Vox calls the “Nosedive” episode a social media nightmare dressed like a pastel daydream. The episode imagines a world where […]

When you live in or near a big city, it’s crucial to get out of the city and reconnect with the outside world. I’m pleased to report that we found several adventurous ways to do just this in 2017. Coast-to-Coast in 2017: Cannon Beach Roseburg Ashland Omaha Gleneden Beach Boise McCall Walla Walla Seattle Eugene […]

Noise Makers (Two for One, Today Only) The Circus is no longer kid-friendly What’s all this clankity clank? Who dares to rattle the cage? Why are all the clowns on stage? We can’t see the lion eat his tamer Downward we spiral into the Dungeons of Deceit Unfree people in patriots purgatory Shall we cry […]

I’m a guy. Therefore, other guys expect me to be like them (a guy’s guy). But, I have never been that guy, a fact that disappoints some men, and makes a certain percentage of them afraid of me. Many men expect other men to understand their need for sexual conquest, and to have their backs. […]

This Husker fans know: It’s Mike Riley’s third season in Lincoln and he continues to lose well, which he did again this past Saturday in Eugene. What we witnessed in person at Autzen was football ugly. From the opening kickoff, the game seemed like a painless scrimmage for the Ducks. Here’s one honest press report […]

Boise, Idaho and Walla Walla, Washington are inland agricultural empires that have famously produced potatoes, wheat, onions and other staples of the American diet for generations. Today, the farmers in these areas are increasingly growing viniferous grapes and the impact that this crop is making on the local farm-based cultures is significant. Earlier this month, […]