Searching for the Chatawa Monster might not be a total waste of time!

Here is a fun article that proposes that cryptozoology might not be quite as pseudo a pseudoscience as some scientists like to say. … while there are strong ecological and evidence-based reasons to doubt the existence of charismatic cryptids such as Nessie and Bigfoot, conservationists should not automatically […]


Evidence complacency is no joke!

There is an old joke about the difference between ignorance and apathy. Do YOU know the difference between ignorance and apathy?  I don’t know and I don’t care! The problem with this joke is it is too close to real life for comfort when it comes to environment […]

Defend yourself – but against what?

Historically, I haven’t had many students express interest in competing in judo or Tomiki aikido competitions.  I’ve tried to carefully remain neutral and offer students the opportunity to do the tournament thing, but most of them seemed more interested in self-defense or self-development – what my teacher called […]

The problem of popularity

A week or so ago, I posted on our Roaming Parkers Facebook Group, a time lapse video taken by the Park Service of an unending stream of traffic entering Grand Canyon National Park in what looks like 4 lanes of traffic!  I made the comment that Edward Abbey […]

Kon Tiki

We usually don’t think of the Age of Exploration lasting into the mid-20th century, but one of the greatest, most interesting and inspiring expeditions in the history of mankind happened  just 70 years ago! In 1947 Norwegian adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl, built a balsa wood raft and sailed it […]