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Survivor’s Guilt

If the Viet Cong could shoot straight, I’d have been killed at least twice in the same morning long before my 19th birthday.…

The First Car Seen In Anderson Valley

Laying eyes for the first time on the Olsen boys, you’d never guess they were brothers, much less twins. They were un-identical twins, obviously, in the way that raccoons and…

Raging Old Biddies, Hysterical Geezers

“A society is rich when material goods, including capital, are cheap, and human beings dear: indeed the word ‘riches’ has no other meaning. The interests of those who own property…

Westlands

For a dozen years I periodically hauled horses in and out of the Harris Ranch down in the Westlands Irrigation District in the San Joaquin Valley. Famous to grocery shoppers…

The Anyhow Saloon

Old Yorkville Henry never thought he’d ever get snake bit enough to have to endure 42 days hunkered down inside his backwoods cabin under a near-on relentless barrage of rain,…

Water? What Water?

Most everybody in Anderson Valley knows that, because of the exponential growth of water diversions over the last 20 years, the native Salmon and Steelhead are facing extinction. That we…

PTSD

The late comedian George Carlin did a bit about Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (back then it wasn’t called a Disorder). During WW1, Carlin reminded us, we called it “shell shock.” Now…

Perry Gulch Ranch

“The best fertilizer for a plot of land is the footsteps of its owner.” — Thoreau Not long after the AVA published my piece “Perry Gulch,” I received a phone…

Public Squalor

“And sadly enough, Capital is so fluid that a threat to any investment seems to be a threat to all investments. Therefore newspapers that represent sizable investments are tempted to…

Back to the Landers?

“Men may as well be imprisoned as excluded from the means of earning their bread.” — John Stewart Mill Our esteemed editor has written in these august pages that he…

Disappeared

When in 1827 the Jedediah Smith party, 20 men herding 315 horses and mules, trapped and explored their way up California's central valley and Sierra foothills, one of the things…