Home » Archives by category » Essays (Page 310)

Jobama!

Last year we got a rescue cat that my son-in-law named Barako — hoping, I think, that the animal would clean up the right-wing rodent population around the place. I’m…

Panther Basketball 2009

AV 58, Pacific Union 42 Last Tuesday the Panthers basketball teams saw action in the Napa Valley where they played the Pacific Union Falcons in Angwin. The Panthers came on…

Supervisor Colfax: Shut The Hell Up!

At the Tuesday, December 8, Board of Supervisors meeting, after about three hours of the usual rambling discussion about the first quarter status of the County budget (which three months…

Why I’m Doing What I’m Doing

From the blogs: Mike Geniella on writing for the AVA.com…

A Traveler’s View: The Principality of Mendocino County

Mendocino County's public radio KZYX transmits the near and far, the left and right, up and down of what in a pretty red state seems a principality, an enclave, a…

Fela’s 15 More Minutes Of Fame

Perhaps the most popular play “on Broadway” in New York City is “Fela!” — the story of the most famous musical, and probably political, figure to ever emerge from West…

Not Even a Peanut

 A friend down the coast here in California called Wednesday to say that her mother, 95, had fallen, cracked her ribs, got a cough and told her daughters, “That’s it.…

Off the Record 12/16/2009

DR. RICHARD MILLER, MA, PhD and New Age audio avatar, may also be a literal carpet bagger. The doc seems to have bagged a valuable carpet belonging not to him…

I ♥ our wood stove, or Wood stoves: good for the soul, bad for the environment?

I ♥ our wood stove, or Wood stoves: good for the soul, bad for the environment?

I spent most mornings of my childhood standing, with legs splayed like a saw horse, above an old gas floor grate furnace in my dad's house on the Mendocino Coast.…

Mendo’s Polanksi?

Mendo’s Polanksi?

I just finished Jeffrey Toobin's excellent—if totally disturbing—piece in last week's New Yorker on Roman Polanksi and was reminded of Clint Smith, the Willits high school teacher who carried on…

Now the real fight begins…

Now the real fight begins…

  Include me among the Mendocino County folks who thought that a decisive election outcome last month had put on hold, at least for awhile anyway, the battle over big…