The Oregon Trail

You Have Died of Dysentery!

My new book, "You Have Died of Dysentery: The Making of the Oregon Trail" is written and almost ready for publishing. Prior to publication, you can read the entire book here on this website. You are also invited to leave comments or suggestions.

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The Oregon Trail

My Books

The first book is ready, with more on the way soon

My first book will soon be published, and can be reviewed in it entirety here on my website. I'll have several other books finished soon, at least one per calendar year. My principal topics are science, nature, languages, and geography.


Beautiful photos, with a focus on wildflowers and nature

I have a particular love for creating stunning portraits of wildflowers and other plants. But I also love to explore other subject matter, especially on my travels around the world. As time goes by, I will continue to add new photos to the various sets.


Insight and analysis regarding the world around us

In my blog I look at many aspects of the world around us — science, nature, technology, culture, geography, and language. As I examine topics and issues in these areas, I seek to uncover the why and the how, sharing with my readers what I discover.

The Day Pluto Got Demoted

A strange thing happened in 2006. At the beginning of the year we had 9 planets in our solar system. At the end of the year we had only 8 planets in our solar system. But the solar system did not change — it was only our model of the solar system that changed.

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