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I Almost Bought It

I must admit, I was a fair bit convinced. The preacher had miracles and apostles. His miracles were not indisputable, but they were photographed: images of crop circles and weird-looking…

We Are Not Alone (?)

We Are Not Alone (?)

Maitreya is coming to save us. Maitreya? In a word, God; the new god, the god running the UFOs and drawing crop circles and doing a lot of other stuff…

Uncle Leonard and Fat Man

Uncle Leonard and Fat Man

Whenever the first days of August arrive I think of Uncle Leonard. Actually, Leonard Roy Ward was my great uncle, Mother’s side. He was born at the dawn of the…

4-H

Soon after I began writing these vignettes of my time in Anderson Valley from the late 1950s to the late 1980s I discovered the Anderson Valley 4-H Club no longer…

Seattle Hempfest To Add “Adult Use” Smoking Areas

Seattle’s first retail outlet for marijuana opened in July, some 20 months after Washington state voters passed Initiative 502. Legalization as defined by I-502 is now becoming real — but…

Riots & The Underclass

What’s a riot without looting? We want it, they’ve got it! You’d think from the press that looting was alien to British tradition, imported by immigrants more recent than the…

August Fable

When I was in my early thirties, I lived on a monthly disability check from the state: $268. My rent for a small room in a boarding house in a…

Stephen & Gloria Decater

Stephen & Gloria Decater

The Decater family runs Live Power Community Farm in Covelo, a diversified, solar-powered CSA farm that for 27 years has supplied its 200 member families here in Mendocino County, and…

HumCo Grand Jury: End Late Night Jail Releases

HumCo Grand Jury: End Late Night Jail Releases

This year’s Humboldt County Grand Jury Report calls for an end to after-hours releases from the county’s jail facility between 9pm and 6am and finds that not returning indigent offenders…

Calling The Dead

The other morning I answered the phone to the mellowed tones of a retiree named Bill who had somehow got hold of my number. “Hello, can I speak with Alexander…

The Bandits of Broadband

Each Kindle or electronic e-book owner in France buys an average of 4.6 books a year. In Italy, a country with a reputation of not being very honest, 4.4 is…

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