A Noxious Species: Plastic Greens (July 26, 2000)

The land war in Southern California reaches back at least to the early 1990s. In those years, the big developers — Pardee, Bren Home, McMillan, Standard American, and the Irvine Land Company were building sprawling new cities on what was left of the delicate canyons, mesas and wetlands of California’s coast. Pushing back, some tiny […]

Harmonies, Old and New (July 16, 2003)

In the Midwest, winter can crush you. It isn’t always as harsh and long on the great prairie as it was this year, but you can count on it being a haul. The skies hung gray for months; in February the temperature hovered below zero for weeks at a time. Our backyard was a small […]