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10 Questions for Trump

Dear Mr. Trump: I have some questions: 1. "He wants to be famous. He wants people to talk about him. He wants people to notice him. He wants people to…

A Holiday Noir

Down at the beach, waiting for Santa Claus. Well, not quite; I was at the beach because I love the beach and even more important, my dog loves the beach.…

Domestic Terrorism: Look In The Mirror?

Domestic Terrorism: Look In The Mirror?

There's an old sad saying that "marijuana does cause insanity - but only in politicians." Alas, the same holds true for guns. President Obama, spurred by America's latest mass shooting,…

Thanks Anyway

Anybody reading this has recently survived another Thanksgiving holiday. Too much food of course, to the point of gluttony and beyond, and the undercurrents of celebrating incipient genocide of Native…

Bad Bugs Biting Back

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the nation's most stringent restrictions on the use of antibiotics in the production of meat. Is this a good thing? It certainly…

Last Rights

Last Rights

Californians have just won a right that we all hope we will never need to use: The right to physician-assisted dying. Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s End of Life Option…

Animals At Their End: Grief & Gratitude

When you adopt a pet or one just finds it into your life, besides all the joy and fun and exasperation, you also sign up for an eventual pile of…

Burn On, Burners!

Burn On, Burners!

It's Burning Man time again. I'm not going, again. I'm going to say something critical about it, again. And will be mostly ignored and/or vilified, again.…

Physician-Assisted Dying: Honest Choices

Physician-assisted dying (not "suicide" — a term that is not truly relevant here) is a complex and emotional issue. Here is a perspective done with a leading physician with much…

Why Reggae?

What's your favorite type of music? Chances are it's from the time you were young, probably even a teenager. This is likely due not just to the memories songs can…

Sierra Fest, Version 22/10

The 22nd annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival returns to the Boonville Fairgrounds this month for the 10th time. Or, as the old cliche goes, time does fly when you're…

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