#DeepwaterHorizon-Using Reality in Fiction

  They’ve now made a movie about Deepwater Horizon (Click here to see the trailer). I heard an interview with the director, Peter Berg, and he said he didn’t focus the movie on the environmental impact but on the human lives lost. That’s good because the explosion on that oil rig killed eleven men. ThisContinue reading “#DeepwaterHorizon-Using Reality in Fiction”

CELEBRATE THE EARTH BY REMEMBERING THE PAST

Sometimes an anniversary involves a celebration of some sort. The events marked today are separate, yet inexplicably connected through virtue of their messages. Six years ago today, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven men working on the rig and doing untold damage to the environment and wildlife asContinue reading “CELEBRATE THE EARTH BY REMEMBERING THE PAST”

TRAILS IN THE SAND CONTINUES

  I wrote Trails in the Sand in 2013, two years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Upper Big Branch Massey coal mine explosion in West Virginia. The two events occurred within two weeks of one another and killed a total of forty men. Both tragedies could have been prevented if safety standards hadContinue reading “TRAILS IN THE SAND CONTINUES”

The Pasty – A Handful of Food with a Smattering of History

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I love foods with a history, especially a functional one. The Cornish pasty not only qualifies, it touches my life history as well. The pasty originates in Cornwall, England. The first mention of it in written history occurs in 1150 by Chretien de Troyes, who wrote Arthurian romances. The recipe migratedContinue reading “The Pasty – A Handful of Food with a Smattering of History”

Paying the Price for Oil Spills and Coal Mine Explosions

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We’re approaching the third anniversary of two major disasters in U.S. history – both claiming undistinguished titles. First, on April 5, 2010, at a coal mine in West Virginia, twenty-nine miners lost their lives when an explosion ripped through the Upper Big Branch mine. The tragedy was the worst coal mineContinue reading “Paying the Price for Oil Spills and Coal Mine Explosions”