OCTOBER 2023: Wild Trees and Animal Crossings

As the leaves flare in brilliant hues of orange, gold and russet, and the days grow shorter, we have a few environmental items available for your reading pleasure. One of my favorite places on earth is Oswald State Park. Writing about the Short Sand Trail is a gift to myself and hopefully a gift to you too. Happy October!!


Short Sand Beach, a trail in Oregon’s Oswald West State Park, wends through a forest of old growth trees. Wild and alive for years, some say centuries, the trees do not know when the time will come—to give up life as they have known it.


Truth in Journalism: The Truth Will Set Us Free

On the Cape Falcon Trail in Oregon’s Oswald West State Park, there is a memorial to the journalist Matt Kramer. His integrity in journalism made a difference in the world. I am forever grateful for the work that he did. One person can, indeed, make a difference!


Making Way for Wildlife

Making Way for Wildlife by Barbara Lloyd McMichael is an appreciative nod to the animal crossings in Washington State that help animals, from panthers to tortoises and ducklings to deer, get safely to the other side of the road.

Are You Prepared?

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which has grown into  a collaborative effort between government and industry to enhance cybersecurity awareness, encourage actions by the public to reduce online risk and generated discussion on cyber threats on a national and global scale  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) advises that there are four basic steps both individuals and businesses can take to better manage their online actions:

Do Radio Stations & Newspapers Push a Liberal or a Conservative Agenda?

Conservative commentators and politicians attack the reliability of the "media" since they believe the liberals control it. While the liberals do not dismiss all media as being too conservative, they argue that big corporations' concentration of media ownership limits the breadth of opinion and promotes conservative views, such as promoting a smaller federal government.

The Lessons of History: Past, Present, and Future

Eco-suicide is far easier to do and more predictable than we had once thought.  Indeed, our entire history as a species provides a cautionary tale.  The archeological record is littered with examples of ancient human societies that have vanished – many of them as victims of ecological disasters – from the very first city, Ur, to the Sumerians, Babylonians, Akkadians, Old Kingdom Egypt, the Hittites, Minoans, Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, Olmecs, Teotihuacan, the Anasazi, the Carthaginians, the Khmer Empire, and others. 

Robin Lindley Interviews Emma Southon on the True Crime Stories of Ancient Rome

It’s no surprise to historians that ancient Rome was extremely violent. From the killing of Remus by Romulus to the gruesome assassination of Caesar in the Senate, murder was common and, for the most part, the act was not considered a crime by the state.

Historian Dr. Emma Southon brings this brutal world to life in her book A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Murder in Ancient Rome (Abrams Press).