Record-breaking wildfires, hurricanes and heatwaves cost the United States billions each year.
I've always believed that Americans tend to like wines whose name they can easily pronounce, like Bolla Soave and Cloudy
It was a few days before the beginning of Lent when I spotted the tree, a valley oak standing at the trailhead. I was on retreat at the Bishop's Ranch, a bucolic spot deep in California wine country and I had intended to take a brisk solo hike in the woods. But the old valley oak, its deadness, stopped me in my tracks.