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For What It’s Worth

“I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the qualities of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind. ….It is the…

The Sounds Of Sierra Fest

The Sounds Of Sierra Fest

Saturday's closer Shaggy, a superstar dancehall reggae singer/toaster of the 1990s, was a controversial headliner from the start - months before the show, online comments like "Shaggy? LOL" appeared, with…

Fairgrounds Music Fest Returns

The third weekend in June is upon us, and for the past decade in Boonville that means the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival kicks off in the fairgrounds Friday evening…

Not In Kansas Anymore

Not In Kansas Anymore

Can you imagine your young kids setting off to see the world, with no real plans, little money, and no phone or internet access? “See you in a few months…

Pot Party vs. Pee-Pee Parade

Pot Party vs. Pee-Pee Parade

San Francisco has been oft-referred to as “49 square miles, surrounded by reality.” And the fabled Haight-Ashbury district is oft-noted as the most unreal square mile therein. Every April 20th…

My All-Too-Brief Career as a Male Escort

Uh-oh; any time Gordon called me it tended to mean trouble brewing. He was a man-about town with “no identifiable means of support” who lived high on multiple hogs. People speculated…

Vaccinate!

Vaccination is one of history’s most significant health advances. But California has had outbreaks of measles and pertussis in the past year. California also has a rising number of children…

My Oscars™ Scandal

We were ready to have a very nice party, a friend’s big brother’s 21st birthday affair in a fancy house on the cliff over the ocean, a keg of beer…

The Brotherhood Of The Grape

“California vineyards bring in record crop.”  — New York Times, Feb. 16, 2014 (Scene:  Dinner gathering of wine industry business honchos) “OK, good job this year everybody and thanks for…

Normal Water Times

Thirst is interesting. One can go weeks without food — especially if starting out corpulent — but only days without water. Rationing ratcheted many down to the minimum required for…

Cannabis Ironies & Hypocrisies

Cannabis Ironies & Hypocrisies

“Legalize pot!” What was once hippie heresy has become a bandwagon. This past weekend’s “Emerald Cup” in Sonoma County has just been covered by the San Francisco Chronicle and other…

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