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Cackle Doodle-Doo

Even though Mom used to warn against women who laughed too loudly, my cousin Monica and I cultivated our “cackles” and had fun doing it. It could be pretty noisy…

A Decent Pair Of Walking Shoes

I bought an old ’67 Volvo Sedan for $75.00. It belonged to a fella dock mate at the Berkeley Marina, a Pagan witch named Eldrie, who lived on our former…

Snake Bites & Sex Changes

My favorite sister was the middle child of five. For want of a boy on their third try, my folks issued her the male spelling of a name they’d already selected:…

Meanwhile, In Point Arena…

Nobody much talked about the Press Democrat headlines last week regarding Congressperson Lynn Woolsey’s chairing a panel about “extraterrestrials” on earth, although a few right-wingers did snicker, "We told you…

Bicycle Bryan

Former Mendocino County Supervisor Charles Petersen first told me the story of Bicycle Bryan. We were discussing “enabling,” the old dilemma of when to intervene with the mentally ill. Or…

Getting Rid Of Rose

Della cleans houses on The Sea Ranch. Several years ago, one of the homes Della cleaned was that of Milton and Rose Friedman prior to leaving The Sea Ranch in…

Ambergris

Mom and pop gold panning is enjoying a rebirth in California. I examined a few videos about stream panning, and decided instead to renew my interest in ocean beachcombing after…

The Twinkie Defense,The Pope & Jonestown

Dan White’s Twinkie Defense spurred my decision to move to California. I'd vacationed in Berkeley and had headed home to Iowa. I boarded at SFO while the jury was still…

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi U

Each summer during the 70s, there were basketball camps which sprung up in the frozen windy tundra tri-state areas of Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa (the hockey states playing the Canadian…

Son Of The Tamale Queen

"Little sister,” he’d say to me, “put BOTH a them teeties back in your blouse and move on… you don’t need to be nursin’ no man… not when you’ve got…

Stogie & The Black Widow

Philo has a killer redwood that seems to reach out to swat errant drivers like a giant flyswatter. Every community in Mendocino County seems to have a danger spot or…

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