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Great America

Great America

If I were to sum up my personal philosophy in a single sentence, it would be this: Never try to encapsulate anything of import or complexity into a single sentence.…

Sierra Fest 2016

Sierra Fest 2016

There was a striking man walking up and down 128 all weekend with a goat on a leash. At least he looked like a man, wearing some kind of goatskin-looking…

A Day ‘In’ The Bike

I have not owned a car since 1987 for both financial and earth-wise reasons. When I need to I will rent a car. What a pleasure, once I figure out…

Operation Wetback

Since, and rightfully so, these days we’re hearing talk of a “Political Revolution,” I think it’s important to remember that revolution begins with liberation from falsehood. Counter-revolution begins with the…

Revolutions Incorporated

Revolutions Incorporated

Probably my favorite Fourth of July memory is the afternoon in Arcata when I got drunk early and wandered over to the ballpark just as the Redwood City team was…

A River Runs Through Me

A River Runs Through Me

Every once in a while I decide it's time for a fast. There is some evidence that fasting is good for one's health as well as the mind. The first…

Disarm The Deranged

When the twin towers fell on 911, at first it was thought that as many as 10,000 people might have been inside. A national call for blood donors went out…

Change

We recently saw a French film made in 2008, Summer Hours, written and directed by Olivier Assayas and recommended to us by Louis Bedrock, the writer and translator. A beautifully…

Engaging The Squares: Post-Orlando

Conservative writer P.J. O'Rourke, who used to butt heads with Molly Ivins on TV, came on the Tonight show once and explained right wing logic: "If you weren't a liberal…

SSU’s New Japanese-American President

He’s the toughest of acts to follow. Moreover, no one will ever be as controversial as he has been. Indeed, during his decades-long tenure at Sonoma State University, President Ruben…

How Not To Grow Pot

"Oh crap," I thought to myself as my old pickup truck rattled to a stop in front of the barn, "This ain't good.” It was early morning on November 2nd,…

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