One of the troubling outcomes of the post-Soviet era of independence is the collapse of the safety net for older people.
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Entering this moonscape of skeletal branches on Mt. Diablo’s Oak Knoll Trail I didn’t expect to see the burst of wildflowers that was to come. But signs of thriving vegetation soon appeared. Sprouts of the plentiful chemise bush were already a foot high. And thousands of whispering bells popped up … [Read More...]
More than 50 miles northeast of Beirut lies Baalbek, ruins of Canaanite and later, Roman architecture. Once called Heliopolis, City of the Sun, it houses multi-ton rocks whose cutting and moving predated the Christian era. The Temple of Jupiter, seen here, weighs 455-tons, according to archeologists.
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Drawn by nature’s allure, I find myself a student of its irreplaceable diversity. We have a long way to go to restore what we’ve destroyed. Yet a vast ocean of life still thrives just beyond housing developments, past urban streets, over jumbled … [Read More...]
We always think of texture as something you must touch to understand. But seeing texture evokes a response as well.