(r/w) Round Wood the Beginning

A boy with a camera messing around with found wood on a lathe A little over a year ago, I was given a lathe for my birthday. Worried about my retired leisure time – my wife knew that given the opportunity to, I would mess around with a woodworking tool. Yes, it has begun to…

My American Landscape XXXVIII

Water’s Influence and the Land of Dry Farming The Inland Empire of Eastern Washington is a landscape of a massive river bed. The Missoula Floods created massive deposits of arid soil. When looked at from a satellite view, one can see the gentle undulations created by water flowing over hard and soft soils. Not unlike…

My American Landscape XXXVII

Culture Clash, Humanities Struggle to Understand Each Other The Whitman National Park is one of those parks that really exists because of the significant relationship between the Presbyterian Preacher Dr. Marcus Whitman, hisĀ  wife Prentiss Whitman and the Cayuse Nation. Combinations of language, culture and medical misunderstandings led to the Wests’ first massacre and the…

My American Landscape XXXVI

Pioneer Park, Walla Walla, WA – Frederick Law Olmsted and Company Old parks are one of our treasures from the past. They sometimes present us with the skills of the Olmstead Brothers. They become the care takers of those of us who do not engage in the shared acts of community park care. We relegate…