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Finding The Lost

In Newton, Iowa, from the 1940’s through 1970’s, there was a diminutive man who hung out at the barber shop around the corner from the Maid-Rite hamburger joint. His name…

Jane-On-Another-Plain

Jane-On-Another-Plain

Leila Jane Dornacker was always dynamic, and often first: she was credited in 1968 as the nation's first female mail carrier; she was elected homecoming queen her freshman year at…

The Squatter

Alf and Mary Rose of Point Arena have a son named Joey. He was raised fishing off Point Arena Pier while his mother owned and operated the kitchen store at…

Muy Malo En Punta Arena

Muy Malo En Punta Arena

My neighbor sued me on the advice of our local deputy. She wanted to retrieve what looked like a broken down replica of a pistol — a black metal pellet…

Cackle Doodle-Doo

Even though Mom used to warn against women who laughed too loudly, my cousin Monica and I cultivated our “cackles” and had fun doing it. It could be pretty noisy…

A Decent Pair Of Walking Shoes

I bought an old ’67 Volvo Sedan for $75.00. It belonged to a fella dock mate at the Berkeley Marina, a Pagan witch named Eldrie, who lived on our former…

Snake Bites & Sex Changes

My favorite sister was the middle child of five. For want of a boy on their third try, my folks issued her the male spelling of a name they’d already selected:…

Meanwhile, In Point Arena…

Nobody much talked about the Press Democrat headlines last week regarding Congressperson Lynn Woolsey’s chairing a panel about “extraterrestrials” on earth, although a few right-wingers did snicker, “We told you…

Bicycle Bryan

Former Mendocino County Supervisor Charles Petersen first told me the story of Bicycle Bryan. We were discussing “enabling,” the old dilemma of when to intervene with the mentally ill. Or…

Getting Rid Of Rose

Della cleans houses on The Sea Ranch. Several years ago, one of the homes Della cleaned was that of Milton and Rose Friedman prior to leaving The Sea Ranch in…

Ambergris

Mom and pop gold panning is enjoying a rebirth in California. I examined a few videos about stream panning, and decided instead to renew my interest in ocean beachcombing after…

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