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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…

Sir! No Sir!

I went down to Mill Valley last Wednesday. A friend of mine had gotten me invited to a benefit at the Throckmorton Theater. For a $100 donation to help fund…