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The Brilliance of Velasquez

It there’s one comfort to be had in the mad scrum of high summer tourism it is that the crowds can still be escaped, even with just a few deft…

The Empire Slouches On

At a New York museum last week I noticed two objects on exhibit, one of them a mirror, the other a camera that was focused on the mirror. The mirror…

Humanities

Donald Trump is a living, walking ad for the importance of the humanities. He’s too old to have coasted through the 1960s untouched by any of its idealism and issues…

Why We Dropped Out

Why We Dropped Out

UDJ reporter Ashley Tressel gravely misrepresented my July 11 remarks to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors during public comment on the county’s new cannabis cultivation regulations. What I said…

Hospitals For Whites Only?

Saw an article about right-wingers' disdain for institutions of learning (Trump: "I love the poorly educated"). One suggestion was because universities have non-white people in them. Well, okay. In a…

Outback Invaded

Trish, the boys and I had been in Ireland for only a couple of days when, with me piloting our rental car, we arrived at the outskirts of Drogheda. Facing…

The Declaration of Sentiments

July 19th is the 200th day of the year. One hundred seventy-one years ago, on July 19, 1848 (a leap year), in the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca…

Stealing Sam’s Land

Stealing Sam’s Land

For many years four parcels of land drew water from springs on Sam Prather's Indian Creek Road property. The water was piped into a tank where it was distributed to…

Shorty & the Great Crab Massacre

I watched the movie ‘Need For Speed’ over the weekend. Yes, willingly. I was not strapped into a chair with my glazzies pried open a la’ Clockwork Orange — and…

Mural, She Wrote?

Mural, She Wrote?

Mendocino, CA. July 17, 2017 — It had all the trappings of the shopworn and thread-bare 1980-something NBC-TV mellow-drama “Murder, She Wrote.”  Strange stuff indeed.  The only reason that the…

The Politics Of Nostalgia

The Politics Of Nostalgia

For a long time I lived among educated middle class English who had a passion, verging on sickness, for Panhellenism, a nostalgic look back to classical Greece (without the slaves…