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Lives & Times of Valley Folks: Pilar Echeverria

On a sunny Friday morning I met with Pilar on the deck behind the Ferrer Building in downtown Boonville and with a much-needed cup of delicious coffee that she had…

Getting Well

“Programming our intelligence with illusion and fan­tasy of there’s something wrong with us and enough isn’t enough and too much isn’t too much then turning us loose on ourselves and…

How BP Harnesses Music To Its Message

There is nothing more sincere than a guitar. A few simple chords, plucked or picked one note after the other at a gently swaying tempo summon reflexive feelings of trust,…

Farm To Farm

July turned out to be one of the coldest of its kind on record — locally, especially in Anderson Valley. The air flow patterns raged in frigid breath from the…

The Tao of the Cow

I once lived on a farm in the San Joaquin Valley. Less than three years out the army, alone, broke and chased by war demons, I wound up on the…

The Tracks are Crumbling, but…The Trash Train has Left the Station

Fifth District Supes candidate Wendy Roberts took the podium last Tuesday to address the Board of Super­visors about their proposal to put a county-wide half-cent sales tax increase on the…

Hoyle, Lipmanson, Faulder, Mari­juana and the New Judge In Town

The prevailing sentiment at the courthouse is that newly anointed judge Ann Moorman, is going to usher in a New Age of Liberalism when she ascends to the bench at…

The Not So Simples

The last few acres of the American prairie with its soil-building native grasses went under the plow in 1984, making us forever beholden to Monsanto and Dow Chemical. The US…

Why Bach Didn’t Go Swimming

Bach never went in the ocean for a refreshing dip. He never even set eyes on the Atlantic. He could have made it to the North Sea at Lübeck during…

Lives & Times of Valley Folks: Charlie Hochberg

I met with Charlie at his home on top of the Holmes Ranch and after admiring his orchids, we sat down to talk with twenty-year-old Fritz the terrier and nine…

Bird’s Eye View

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. Congratulations to the organizers of ‘The Not-So-Simple Living Fair’ for their excellent job this past weekend at…