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Ghosts and Teddy

There’s an old teddy bear in this house. He takes the blame. A half jar of pickles shrinks to nothing but brine overnight: Teddy did it. The potato chip bag…

How I Got To Willits

I first came to Willits in late summer of 1971 because a fellow worker at the Tides Bookstore in Sausalito invited me up to see the property his girlfriend’s family…

The Sixties Turn Fifty

The Sixties Turn Fifty

We’re well into the Golden Anniversary of the sixties and I’ve scheduled in the Free Speech Movement’s Reunion in September in Berkeley. I expect to be in Paris with other…

Tribe Of Giants

Tribe Of Giants

For my birthday last October my brother gave me the coolest warmest San Francisco Giants jacket, a stylish melding of orange and black fabric with a smallish team insignia on…

Curse Lifted

The curse that shaped the life of my grandmother, the lives of my mother and her brother, the life of my brother, and my own life, has finally been lifted.…

Natural Wonders

When I learned that Oregon, in addition to having an official State Flower, an official State Bird, Fish, Gem and what all, also has seven officially designated Natural Wonders, it…

The Food Of Love

Patches of snow cling to the muddy earth in the city’s picturesque nineteenth-century cemetery just to our north. Down in the gorge immediately to our south the creek builds momentum…

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 Story

My Story

My name is Brett McFarland. I was born to Mike and Gayle McFarland on October 28th, 1984 in Sioux Falls SD. My father was a high ranking officer in the…

Tan Bark

Tan Bark

One of the old-time industries in Anderson Valley and the North Coast was peeling and shipping of tan bark. It was a big thing in its day and created a…

Robinson Crusoe Island

Robinson Crusoe Island

This April puts us five years short of the 300th anniversary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe. Daniel Defoe’s popular novel about an island castaway is thought to have been…

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