The Central Valley of California is approximately 450 miles long, running north from Bakersfield up to Redding, and about 60 miles at its widest, between the Sierra Nevada Mountain RangeREAD MORE

The Fresno Scraper was breakthrough technology that revolutionized the jobs of leveling fields, digging ditches for irrigation, and building roads. “Fresnos” were the brainchild of James Porteous, a Scottish immigrantREAD MORE

California is a wonderful place to live if you love to be outside and, since most of the state enjoys a Mediterranean climate, you can find good hiking year round.READ MORE

Much of Central Valley, California is considered to be a low-latitude desert, very hot and dry in the summer and cool and damp in the winter. If you want toREAD MORE

When considering the question of where country music comes from, it’s easy to assume it originated in Nashville, Tennessee and other places located in the Deep South, like Georgia, Kentucky,READ MORE

If mystery is your favorite book genre, you’re in good company. Unlike some more niche genres, such as those that involve vampires or a dystopian future, mystery novels are wildlyREAD MORE

As some of my characters are farmworkers or children of farmworkers, this article about Dolores Huerta is not only relevant, but timely. Oh by the way, I organized a grapeREAD MORE

If you lived in the Central Valley of California some 20-30 years ago, you likely remember an unpleasant winter weather pattern called “Tule Fog.” Every year, it would appear outREAD MORE

Good mystery stories have been intriguing readers for hundreds of years. A great mystery writer is a master at manipulating his or her readers, dropping clues throughout the story, turningREAD MORE

The desert — a dry, seemingly uninhabitable region of the world. Defined as regions with less than 10 inches of annual rainfall, you would expect there to be very littleREAD MORE