Every person has a story that deserves to be told. Why not bring your story to life with a wall map? The only obstacle is that a mountain of maps is required to tell a lifetime of stories. How about positioning all of those beautiful maps on your wall as wallpaper? Tell the story of your favorite family vacation. Tell the story of your honeymoon trip. Tell the story of your semester studying abroad in college. It sounds like a great alternative to that floral wallpaper that you’ve been meaning to tear down.
Photo: DisputedWaters Way down south, lapping across the border of Riverside and Imperial counties, lies the Salton Sea. It wasn’t always there, even in relatively modern times. In fact it wasn’t until 1905 that this below-sea-level depression in the desert got accidentally filled because an irrigation diversion canal from the nearby Colorado River failed to control its flow. The diverted … Read More
What is it? Wind, of course! You may remember this tricky riddle that J.R.R. Tolkien included in a memorable scene in his novel, The Hobbit. Wind has fascinated humans for centuries. It’s not just the invisible thing that creates bad hair days and carries away your newspaper; it actually controls weather patterns. Have you ever wondered where it comes from?
Do you live on a road? Or a lane? Or maybe you live on an avenue? What’s the difference? Who decided whether your motor pathway is called a street or a boulevard? And how did it come to be boring “Maple Dr.” or too-clever “Tennis Ct.”? As I can personally attest, there are millions of streets in the US of … Read More
People live all over the planet, but life is tough where there is little water. Desert populations are low, unless you can import water, or suck it from ancient underground aquifers as has been done in Arizona and Saudi Arabia. But even without the help of pipelines, water trucks, or drilling wells, some communities in lands of very sparse rainfall have found a way to get enough water to live comfortably. Do you know how they get it?