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Droughts are part of California's ecology. The science behind the headlines is ambivalent when understanding the state.
Drought Tolerant Butterfly Gardening
Drought gardening can also be butterfly gardening. Many plants that well in the dry California landscape also provide nectar and foraging for caterpillars and butterflies.
EL Nino Southern Oscillation
What is ENSO? What is El Nino? This article is a brief introduction to the weather pattern that helps to create California's cycle of drought and flood.
Fall Color in California's State Parks
The East Coast is famous for fall color, but California's got it as well. The State Park system is a particularly lovely place to 'leaf-peep'.
Food with a History at E Waldo Ward
Gourmet jams, jellies, and other condiments provide a link to the past at a tiny local business in the tiny town of Sierra Madre, California.
Getting Into College in California
College acceptances are getting harder and harder at the state's elite public (and some private) institutions. It's important to understand the various kinds of institutions and choose carefully.
Independent Bookstores of Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a paradise for lovers of indie bookstores. Here are some of the best!
Independent California Colleges and Universities
The private colleges and universities of California are under-utilized resources, and applicants should research their possibilities. There are so many more choices here than just the CSUs and UCs!
Joshua Tree National Park
An introduction to the Joshua Tree National Park
A visit to Lake Gregory is a refreshing way for Southern Californians to escape the summer and fall heat.
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