Category: Perspective

  • A visit to the Black Mountain grove

    A visit to the Black Mountain grove

    YEARS AGO, I traveled a lot for work. Spending long hours in my car, I listened to talk radio shows of all sorts. One host I remember from those days was a fellow named Dennis Prager. I only remember one thing about Prager that matters to me — he often expressed a preference for clarity…

  • ‘Own-a-redwood’ sale

    ‘Own-a-redwood’ sale

    DID YOU KNOW that you could once buy ancient giant sequoia trees — with a building lot included? At least that was the pitch in advertisements for a development known as Sequoia Crest back in the 1960s. Here’s an example of “news items” that appeared in real estate sections of newspapers, this one from the Los…

  • Remembering to see the forest

    Remembering to see the forest

    I’M SURE YOU’VE HEARD the old saying, not being able to see the forest for the trees. Dictionary.com reports that the expression describes someone too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole. But I think the saying has meaning when interpreted more literally, especially when discussing giant…

  • ‘A formidable challenge’

    ‘A formidable challenge’

    IN THE EARLY 1990s, I lived in Cambria, a small town on California’s Central Coast. I worked at the newspaper there. One day a friend came into the office to ask that we do an article about all of the oak trees being allowed to die in Paso Robles. For those who don’t know, Paso…

  • My purpose here, in case you wondered

    My purpose here, in case you wondered

    As I embark on this Giant Sequoia News project, I am also considering how I want to approach my related journalism. As an editor of community newspapers some years back, I occasionally shared my opinions with readers. I did this because I thought it was important to be open with readers. I assumed that my…

  • The first news article I ever wrote about forest management

    The first news article I ever wrote about forest management

    I studied journalism at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, beginning in September 1969. The Journalism Department was located on the second floor of the Graphic Arts building and the Natural Resources Department was down the hall. Today, Cal Poly calls the department Natural Resources Management and  Environmental Sciences and the department has grown and moved…

  • ‘We don’t have nothin’ like that in Texas’

    ‘We don’t have nothin’ like that in Texas’

    In the early 1920s, my father’s family moved from Texas to Lindsay, California. He was born there in 1929, just months before the stock market crashed, sending the country into the Great Depression. My mother was born in nearby Porterville in 1932. They met in the spring of 1950 in the tiny town of Springville…

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