On October 24, I published the blog Global Warming Not Behind SoCal Fires. Many readers disagreed passionately, and I found myself, a card-carrying Si...
My friends think I'm being paranoid, but watch for the developing silly gism of: Katrina is to California just as Iraq is to Iran.
BOSTON--Sunday's NYT runs a piece on California officials mulling changes in development strategies in the wake of this week's fires. Two nuggets: th...
Bush was in a rush to get out front on the wildfires for good reason. He still reels from the big hits that he took and continues to take for his comatose response to the Katrina disaster.
Our neighbors were staying put, but we were packing. I was torn on whether we were doing the right thing. Were we overreacting? Were we underreacting?
Everyone is commiserating and telling evacuation stories. We are the lucky ones. I feel guilty that my home is still intact when others have lost everything.
My mother called me from Ohio the other night, worried about the fires. She asked me if I was all right. "Sure," I told her. "I'm safe - I live i...
I am up after 2:00 a.m., not for gusting winds and the smell of smoke, although that is still thick in the air. This time it is the burning questions that have me wide awake.
Natural disasters, like wars, are fantastical traumas, the unimaginable made manifest in a torrent of destruction. But what happens after the initial trauma has past?
The radio was reporting more acreage, more homes chewed up by fire. The ash was blowing in wisps off my windshield wipers. And this man flicked a lighted cigarette out of his car.
It is impossible to say that global warming caused these fires. But the worst effects of global warming will cause fires like these to be more intense and more frequent.
In the past, I was cynical when local and cable TV stations asked the public for video of news events. Now, though, I see the need for viewer-contributed graphics to fully tell the story.
Unseasonable heat and changing weather patterns have turned southern California into a tinderbox, precisely the way forecast by people warning us about global warming for years.
It is a sad irony that yesterday, the very day I sent fire crews to California, 300 more New Mexico National Guard members were sent to Iraq.
Although we San Diegans may feel like our lives are on hold, and we are consumed with thoughts about essentials such as food and shelter, to the rest of the world, it is life as usual and the fires are just another item on the evening news.
Apparently in some circles, it's a form of radical chic to glory in each and every calamity, to strike not the abstract concept of "America" but the real lives of individual Americans.