In our storms, rain follows lightning
When George Stewart wrote his book “Storm,” published in 1941, he named the storm Maria; the author stipulated that it should be with a long I (Mar-aye-uh).
Exploring the Okanogan with Elizabeth Widel
Let us consider cats, specifically house cats. In an effort to be official about it, I dug out my “Encyclopedia Americana” and looked them up. There followed columns of information, more than I ever wanted to know.
Exploring the Okanogan Elizabeth Widel
Society has gone from typewriters to tiny computers
Concrete cellar protects family from twisters
My grandfather built the first frame house on the Nebraska prairie, and his daughter and son-in-law farmed in the same area.
George Stewart book addresses impact on people
I can’t remember when I first heard of and read George Stewart’s book, “Storm.”
Continental lands keep shifting even in the present day
I remember being impressed at the idea of our continent being slowly built by bits and pieces of continents being added to it.
Williams tracked down statistics of historic floods
Two weeks ago I raised the question of the argument over the source of water for creating the landforms in the channeled scablands in southeastern Washington.
Liberty Bell stands as a signature view of the highway
I don’t know that I could name my favorite place in the county. There are so many lovely ones! But among them surely would have to be the North Cascades Highway, locally known as the North Cross.
Big water carved out much of the state’s landscape
When J. Harlan Bretz claimed that the channel scablands were formed by flood waters, he was not believed. Where, they asked, will you get that in a desert?
Catastrophic floods altered landscape
It was a scientific brouhaha that lasted for decades and saw the solution of a geologic problem by aviation and, finally, Landsat photography.
His courage opened up a new chapter in history
John Wesley Powell, as any good Methodist might guess, was born to a Methodist pastor, in 1834. His father may have planned teaching or the ministry for him, but from the outset his interests were strongly scientific.
Many words have multiple meanings
“I’m glad I was born to the English language,” a woman told me once, “because it is so easy to learn.” Really?!
Early dictionary’s author was a man of many talents
He was one of the giants of the early days of this nation, though no one may have known it then. He volunteered and served in Washington’s troops when the war broke into his study of law.
It must have been 50 years or so ago that I read for the first time about the inter-relatedness of natural things.
Device’s signal seems able to reach everywhere
A pendant worn around the neck of a participant carries a signal that can bring help. They call it a medical alarm, and it is part of a network that reaches nationwide.
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