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Peter Matthiessen, 1927 – 2014

Peter Matthiessen, 1927 – 2014

I met Peter Matthiessen once when the Friends of the Library were selling books at the Koret Auditorium in 2001. Matthiessen was featured speaker at a program in the “Writers…

Prison Tornadoes

We can't see the city of Decatur from inside this prison, but at 9:30pm, we hear the city's sirens wailing in the distance, alarms that signal the worst disasters: floods,…

A Second Chance—25 Years Later

A “Second Chance,” after 25 years of absence and silence, was recently offered Shepherd by Assumpta. Her email arrived from Europe to his farm. We met in Barcelona in 1988…

Underlying Problem

I walk to town most every day rather than drive my truck for the same reason I decided in 1967 to create a life for myself independent of automobiles, something…

Samantha

On Thursday, February 14th— Valentine’s Day, about three weeks after my article, “El Úndecimo Mandamiento” appeared in The Anderson Valley Advertiser, Samantha called. It was the first time I’d spoken…

‘He’s Not Heavy Father, He’s My Brother’

After digging out of the Big Snow of ’75 I checked in at the Mendocino County unemployment office in Ukiah because my six months of $31 a week had run…

Chunnel Of Love

Dear Dr. Zack, Please help me settle an argument with my girlfriend. We agree that the two sure signs of life are irritability and the ability to reproduce. She says…

Freedom On Facebook

“Writer’s block” – A euphemism for having nothing to say. It happens. But I was thinking about a piece on Freedom and Liberty, a couple of terms that have been…

Money in Politics

Money in Politics

Last week, in the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the narrow (5-4) majority that “Money in politics may at times seem…

Misery Ridge

Misery Ridge

Abel is over from Portland. It’s a couple of hours past sunrise and, along with Trisha and Jeff, we’re standing atop a fat fingertip of rimrock overlooking a perfect horseshoe…

The Bondage of Bad Taste & the Bottom Line

The Bondage of Bad Taste & the Bottom Line

Rather than heading south with the droves of springbreak-bound students fleeing the endless winter of Upstate New York, I spent a couple hours last week in a local venue at…

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