Lost Cities of the California Coast

After a hiatus to pursue my Low Carbon Diet project, I’m BACK, working on a new project, Lost Cities of the California Coast. It explores how people in California cities will respond to rising sea levels over the coming decades through participatory art and creative writing. Here’s a summary: With sea level rising for theContinue reading “Lost Cities of the California Coast”

The Dead Sea is Dying

The Dead Sea is the lowest tideline on earth, filling the deepest trench of the Great Rift Valley, which begins in Mozambique and runs north to Syria. The border between Israel and Jordan divides it in two, a border that is, unusually in the Middle East, both geological and political: not a line in theContinue reading “The Dead Sea is Dying”

Lowtidefullmoon walking

Following are excerpts from my recent guided walk, Tideline as Timeline. Timeline: January 4, 2015, 2:30 – 5:30 pm Place: Princeton-by-the-Sea, California The tideline is one of the richest biological regions on earth. It is also a fluctuating, fractal line that rises and falls each day and over thousands of years. Today, as the seaContinue reading “Lowtidefullmoon walking”

Tideline as Timeline

Join me for this New Year walk, marking the edge of the low tide and the rise of the full moon. We’ll think about presence and absence in Princeton-by-the-Sea, a neighborhood on the site of a former Ohlone village. A little background. This phrase — tideline as timeline — occurred to me earlier this yearContinue reading “Tideline as Timeline”

Let’s Get Physical

I walked into a JMW Turner painting this morning. This one: Or maybe this one: It was wild outside last night — the rain woke me twice and the rainless wind once — and my morning walk was unusually warm and blustery. I rounded the corner to the Point, where I usually stop to surveyContinue reading “Let’s Get Physical”

Standing at the edge of the ocean

Standing at the edge of the ocean, I tell my children the story of how the seas formed 3.8 billion years ago in a great rain that lasted millions of years. Before, there had been no water, only roiling clouds and molten rock. Then the deluge began, eroding the land to form the saltwater thatContinue reading “Standing at the edge of the ocean”

This day in history, 1000 years ago

A coincidence is leading me down the research rabbit hole today. Last night I was reading The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millenium by Robert Lacey, an enjoyable portrait of the daily lives of English serfs just before the Norman Invasion. In 1014, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle,Continue reading “This day in history, 1000 years ago”

Bright shiny things

I forgot to take my camera to the beach this morning, always a mistake. Here, instead, is a picture of plastic on the beach, taken a few months ago. And here are two mental pictures taken this morning: A young seagull, brown of feather and a good distance from its flock, holding a plastic sandwichContinue reading “Bright shiny things”