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Happy Earth Day

Several days ago I completed a report on a property located within an NPL site in southern California. The NPL site is contaminated primarily with trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene, as well as many other contaminants, in a plume covering around 30 square miles. Thirty miles. As many as 11 cities are impacted. Next to the property … Continue reading

A Note From the Planet
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A Note From the Planet

Hello, it’s me…your planet. I usually stay out of your politics, but things have gotten so out of hand I feel the need to communicate with you directly. My usual methods of talking to you symbolically through exploding symptoms (in the same way your body signals you with health symptoms), don’t seem to be getting … Continue reading

Laughing Bird Mountain
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Laughing Bird Mountain

I’m hiking up the McDowell Mountains this morning as the sun wakes up, trying to clear my head after mistakenly watching the ugliness of the morning news.  Nothing but hate, controversy, possible corruptness, childishness, you name it.  Being a couple of miles east of Scottsdale, AZ, the mountains repose in peaceful tranquility except for a … Continue reading

Identity Rant
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Identity Rant

The changes Bob Dylan went through always amazed me. Sometimes it seemed as if he’d changed personalities whenever he changed his outfit.  He refused to be labeled a folk singer, did his own thing, and became one of the greatest song writers we’ve ever known, in my opinion.  It begs the question, why would we ever … Continue reading

American Hell
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American Hell

As I stood on the bank of the wide, slowly flowing, Niobrara River in northern Nebraska, just outside the city of Valentine, I practically melted into the ground from the river’s mesmerizing effect as it surged downstream to merge with larger waters.  Far from honking traffic and bus exhaust and an unbalanced society, I momentarily … Continue reading