My son and I have been reading classic boys adventure novels. You know, Treasure Island, King Solomon's Mines, Journey to the Centre of the Earth . . . It started…

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Two Views of Mustard

Wild mustard
Wild mustard

Apparently, wild mustard made an impression in late-1800s Southern California . . .

The wild mustard in Southern California is like that spoken of in the New Testament, in the branches of which the birds of the air may rest. Coming up out of the earth, so slender a stem that dozens can find starting-point in an inch, it darts up, a slender straight shoot, five, ten, twenty feet, with hundreds of fine feathery branches locking and interlocking with all the other hundreds around it, till it is an inextricable network like lace. (more…)

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"The shepherds, the herdsmen, the maids, the babies, the dogs, the poultry, all loved the sight of Ramona." I recently read Ramona, the 1884 novel by Helen Hunt Jackson that launched…

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Bullet in the Brain

Bullet in the Brain is a short story written by Tobias Wolff and originally published in New Yorker magazine in the September 25, 1995 issue. At just under 2,000 words,…

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