I had to boggle a bit at this news report. “Peo” and “Finn,” two shepherd pups, got themselves into an awkward situation on June 19 after their exploring took them deep into a tortoise burrow. The 100-pound tortoise is named Oscar, and owner Kathleen became concerned when she realized her two dogs were underground,… Continue reading An unusual animal rescue tale
I’ve got a treat for fans of Western novels in general, and of my Ames Archives series in particular. It’s the first in what I hope will be a new Western series, not replacing the Ames stories but augmenting them. It will add a new, earlier, far-West dimension to my novels of the Old… Continue reading Saturday Snippet: Life and death on the California Trail
Your feel-good story of the day (click the image for a larger view): (I presume that’s Rome, New York and its Humane Society.) I call that the spirit of Christmas in operation. Thank you, Jennifer! Peter
Reading some of the comments about the Camp Fire disaster after yesterday’s post, I was reminded again that many people just don’t get it. They really believe that disaster, danger, whatever, won’t come upon them unawares – that they’ll always have at least some time to prepare for it. While I agree that many… Continue reading The “Kill House Rules” – a timely reminder
The so-called Camp Fire in California in November 2018 was “the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history, and the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 in terms of insured losses”. It was a catastrophe for those who lost everything in it, and a tragedy for all who lost loved ones… Continue reading Important lessons re-learned from the Camp Fire disaster
A week ago I wrote about Ari Munzner, a 90-year-old artist who lost much of his life’s work when fires sparked during the riots in Minneapolis destroyed his studio. Undaunted, he’s doing his best to pick up the pieces and start again. You can read his story in more detail at this link. Ari’s daughter… Continue reading Let’s help Ari Munzner over the finish line
Back in February, the very large ore carrier (VLOC) Stellar Banner ran into trouble in Brazil. The ship was leaving harbor with a cargo of 270,000 tons of iron ore, bound for China, when she suffered extensive damage to her bows. The leak could not be contained, so her captain chose to ground the ship rather… Continue reading Death of a giant ship
My friend, photographer Oleg Volk, alerted me to a tragedy that struck artist Ari Munzer in Minneapolis during the riots there last week. Oleg says, “Back in 1996-97, he was my college advisor, one of two people who saved my educational career. He and I have been friends ever since.” A Minneapolis newspaper reports: Wearing… Continue reading At 90, he lost his life’s work to rioters. Undaunted, he’s starting over.
Strategy Page reports on an interesting new technology soon to be available for standard cellphones. In a major technological breakthrough an American firm, Lynk Global, conducted several demonstrations in February, before numerous industry experts, in which one of the three new Lynk LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellites successfully enabled an ordinary cellphone in the U.S.… Continue reading Satellite service for every cellphone?
I’ve noticed a number of articles and comments around the blogosphere talking about government economic relief programs for the coronavirus pandemic. Many of them claim that the government is “printing money” to deal with this crisis, and that this will inevitably bounce back on the “real” economy when the crisis is over. In one sense… Continue reading Rescuing the economy: Where money comes from, and what it does