How Water Scarcity Shaped America
The Continental Divide—the Country's Spine—Has Been the Source of Conflicts and Compromises Over the Precious Commodity for Centuries
Water, when scarce, has split the nation into warring factions. But it has also united fractured regions. Water can both release the demons of war and stir the better angels of our nature.
We hear so much about California and the drought there. But consider the whole West—and the Continental Divide, also known as the Great Divide. This spine of the continent splits North America—and the state of Colorado, where I live—into hydrological halves.
The snowy West Slope of the …
Why Won’t a City World-Famous for Agriculture Eat Its Vegetables?
From Jump-Rope Lessons to Fruit Calendars, a Salinas Physician Is Steering Locals Away From Diabetes
The Salinas Valley is world famous for producing healthful foods, but people here struggle with severe health challenges. As a physician seeing patients in exam rooms, I found it enormously difficult to help people—even those harvesting lettuce—to eat in healthy ways.
If You Care About California, Then You Should Care About Salinas
Do you worry about the future of California?
Then you should worry about Salinas. Because if this Monterey County town of 155,000 can’t build itself a brighter future, it’s hard to imagine other struggling places doing …
I’d Rather Do Almost Anything Than Go Trolling for Bras
When my daughter was 12, she asked if I would take her and two friends shopping at the mall for “friendship bras.”
Was this a brand I hadn’t heard of?
“It’s when you go with …
L.A. Times Columnist Meghan Daum
Meghan Daum writes a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times, is the author of four books, and is the editor of Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. …
What My High School Taught Me About Sex
The Hollywood High School Wellness Center is tucked away, far from the famous mural painted on our auditorium, which depicts alumni such as Dorothy Dandridge, Laurence Fishburne, and Cher. My high school’s free health clinic …
Abolition and Emancipation Were Not the Same Thing
Early in 1865, in the city of New Orleans, a newly freed woman named Rose Herera made a startling allegation. She told a local judge that her former owner’s wife, Mary De Hart, had abducted …
Tattoos Are Proof We Exist
Pressed up against the Pacific Ocean and the county line, my hometown of Long Beach is the last city in Los Angeles.
Since its founding in 1897, Long Beach has long been a sanctuary city …