Of Thunderbirds and Blood Moons

I’ve been reading a lot of Native American mythology, and one of their most popular legendary beasts–coast to coast–is the Thunderbird—the giant supernatural bird that causes thunderstorms and stirs up the wind. There are all sorts of variations on the theme, but one legend stood out to me as weirder than the others. Many stories…

Jackalope Legend

Lots of Americans think that we invented the legend of the jackalope in the early 1900s. It’s almost always shown as a rabbit with deer antlers. But people all over the world have seen them for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years. Here’s an image of a horned rabbit from the 1570s, published in the Animalia Qvadrvpedia et…

Delisting Wolves

Sitting in the general store in Elk City, Carmen Williams considers the feds’ insistence on bringing back the wolves and sees a deeper motivation. “Gun control in disguise,” he says. “If we don’t have any game left to shoot, what’s the sense to carrying a rifle?” These aren’t majority opinions in Idaho, but they represent…

How Not To Write a Novel

Why would you want to write a novel if you don’t read a lot? From a book review on Amazon:   I am not a huge book reader. I read for inspiration as I am writing my own novel. However, this book served as the perfect stimulant to get my OWN creative juices flowing.


Dottie She was such a great dog. She died last night in her sleep, and I can’t stop crying. She was 14.

What My Kids Are Watching These Days

Emma’s guitar teacher gave her “Happy Together” to practice, which she remembered from Freaky Friday. So, of course, we had to put in the DVD, and now that’s all they’re watching. We all love this song–“Take Me Away”–which was interrupted quite a bit in the movie. I don’t know where the YouTube poster got the whole thing.

Back from Washington

We just got back from Washington State on Wednesday, where I struggled taking pictures with inadequate batteries! Here’s an interesting one I took facing into a bright sunset. No reds or oranges here!

Was there ever any doubt?

Everyone loves the idea that the dinosaurs are still with us. Here’s even more proof of it: Ancient collagen—the main protein component of bone—has been extracted from the remains of a 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex, according to two new reports. The new studies provide strong support for the hotly debated claims that organic material previously extracted…