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The Beauty Of Nature

Soon after we arrived in Anderson Valley in 1957, my father nailed a couple of elk horns onto the trunk of an oak tree in front of our house. As…

The Old Philo Post Office

In this era of e-mails, instant-messaging and tweets, it can be difficult to remember the importance of the local post office in earlier times. In many rural communities, the post…

From Grapes To Wine, Part 2

This trip back to the Anderson Valley of my youth, from the late 1950s to the late 1980s, began with a review of the region’s grape and wine industry before…

From Grapes To Wine

It seemed to begin about two years ago, which means it really started about four or five years ago (funny how memory works); suddenly there were new winery tasting rooms…

When Apples Were King

With vineyards everywhere one looks in Anderson Valley today, it may be hard to believe grapes weren’t always huge here. Believe it. Anderson Valley agriculture was much different during my…

That’s Entertainment!

In reading the Anderson Valley Advertiser, I am amazed by the wealth of entertainment and dining one finds in the valley today. Concerts at Lauren’s. Concerts at the Navarro Store.…

Big Timber

My occasional trips into the Valley pass the Redwood Empire Mill near Cloverdale, and I can’t help but look at the log deck and contrast it with the log decks…

If The Good Lord’s Willing & The Creek Don’t Rise

Travel back again on the wayback machine into the Anderson Valley of my youth and young adulthood from the late 1950s into the 1980s. The title of this installment is…

A Hint Of Smoke In The Air

Off we go on the wayback machine to the Anderson Valley of my youth, this time from the late 1950s into the 1980s. However, this one begins in the present…

The Banks Of The Navarro

Step aboard the wayback machine for another trip to Anderson Valley of my childhood in the late 1950s and 1960s — and in this case, into the 1970s. I begin…

AVTV — Or Not

Ah, television; the electronic hearth that has dominated American home entertainment — and American culture — for more than 60 years. Today Anderson Valley residents enjoy television delivered via a…

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