THE ANCIENT BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST

BRISTLECONE FOREST

I’d already driven close to six hours that day, so I was especially grateful to wheel into the parking lot of the Schulman Grove Visitor’s Center. (Edmund Schulman, Ph.D., 1908-1958, was a University of Arizona dendrochronologist with a background in astronomy who, entirely sensibly to my mind, related cosmic events to the science of tree-ring dating).

“FOLLOWING THE BOX” AT THE PACIFIC ASIA MUSEUM

SUNANDINI BANERJEE FOLLOWING THE BOX

“Toward the end of World War II, an unknown U.S. serviceman, stationed in India, took over a hundred black-and-white photographs of the people and life in rural West Bengal.

Decades later, Chicago-based artists Alan Teller and Jerri Zbiral bought an estate-sale shoebox of photos and negatives, a treasure trove that would forever link their destinies to that unknown soldier’s.

THE WILLIAM S. HART RANCH AND MUSEUM

WILLIAM S HART RANCH AND MUSEUM

“The docent’s spiel touched on various avenues of inquiry I would have liked to explore further. One was Hart’s 1921 marriage to Hollywood ingénue Winifred Westover, which ended with the couple separating a scant three months later (they officially divorced in 1927)…Was it true, as whispered in the Industry, that Hart was a wife-beater?”