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  • Small Wonders: Honor them for what they've done

    You know what I like best about Sequoia National Park? The fact that conservationist John Muir walked off its dusty trails and into a warm bed with a woman. What inspires me most about Neil Armstrong? That a straight man was willing to take one small...
  • Op-Ed: Gay history is everyone's history

    I was quite surprised to read not one but two columnists attack a new law, the FAIR Education Act, just signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. I usually find both columnists quite interesting and agree with most of their viewpoints, especially Dan Kimber's...
  • Leafing Through the Pages at the Morton Arboretum

    Leafing Through the Pages at the Morton Arboretum
    Our book club reads a wide range of titles, frequently about nature. We meet in the Sterling Morton Library, which contains 28,000 books, 12,000 artworks and several hundred nursery catalogs. "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau brought on one of our best...
  • A revolution in the schools

    A revolution in the schools
    A controversial movement to increase parental authority over public education is quickly gaining traction in Pasadena. A parent group recently forced a change in the principal’s office at Jefferson Elementary School, and organizers are now...
  • Boutique discounts on clothing, jewelry, eyewear, spa treatments

    At the just-opened Rex Boutique in Venice, Angela and Dara Rexroad are committed to stocking clothes that are made locally with organic fabrics or sewn abroad under fair trade guidelines. Their social concerns reflect the Rexroads' heritage as great-...
  • Greenacres tree kept Christmas spirit year-round

    Greenacres tree kept Christmas spirit year-round
    In our eco-challenged world of global warming and deforestation, the holiday tree is struggling to survive as a family tradition. What do we do? Buy the artificial tree that's not biodegradable? Support the sustainable -- but not local -- tree farm?...
  • 'The National Parks: America's Best Idea' by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns

    'The National Parks: America's Best Idea' by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
    Ours is a house divided -- not by red and blue states but by something more essential: our relationship to what's wild. Should we leave it alone? Cherish it and make sure it lasts? Or continue to wall it up, fence it off and take shiny things from it so...
  • 'The Big Burn' by Timothy Egan

    'The Big Burn' by Timothy Egan
    The Big Burn Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America Timothy Egan Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 324 pp., $27 During 18 years with the New York Times, many as the paper's Pacific Northwest correspondent, Timothy Egan wrote several nonfiction...
  • 'The Wilderness Warrior' by Douglas Brinkley

    'The Wilderness Warrior' by Douglas Brinkley
    The Wilderness Warrior Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America Douglas Brinkley Harper: 960 pp., $34.99 Reviewing several Roosevelt biographies in 1920, H.L. Mencken reported that he had found more "gush" than "sense." Douglas Brinkley's...
  • Mike Roselle and 'Tree Spiker'

    Mike Roselle and 'Tree Spiker'
    Mike Roselle is in his element -- fighting a controversial coal industry practice called mountaintop removal mining in the town of Rock Creek, W. Va. "I had to bail some people out of jail," the 55-year-old rumbles happily by phone from the office of...
  • Kim Stanley Robinson maps the future's gray areas

    Kim Stanley Robinson maps the future's gray areas
    In science fiction, there's dystopia and there's utopia. There are the dark wizards of apocalypse, terrifying us with visions of humanity's grim comeuppance. And the starry-eyed fantasists, insisting how much better the future will be than the messy,...
  • Douglas Kearney says winning a Whiting Writers' Award is a fresh start

    Douglas Kearney says winning a Whiting Writers' Award is a fresh start
    Like everyone else at the Old Dominion Literary Festival, Southern California poet Douglas Kearney had turned his ringer off. So when a stranger called and left an undecipherable message, Kearney, preparing for his reading, didn't think much of it. As a...