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Online Dating: Are You Game?

To protect my identity, I am going to call myself Bonnie. To give you some history, I was in a relationship that broke up and I was devastated. I thought…

Wits End

One nice thing about getting my second book, Turned Round in My Boots (Heyday) published, was that it got me re-connected with a half dozen of my old army buddies.…

Anthrax, Ghosts & Dominoes In Prison

Revenge is an airborne disease in prison, one that seeps beneath the skin and pervades the atmosphere like a deadly fog. An inmate’s honor, once impugned, seems to require action,…

Food Prices

“U.S. food prices are on the rise, raising a sensitive question: When the cost of a hamburger patty soars, does it count as inflation?” — Ben Leubsdorf and Jon Kilsenrath…

Fighting Fire With Fire (Patrick Ford, Part 3)

Fighting Fire With Fire (Patrick Ford, Part 3)

That last tour with Charlie Musselwhite was pretty brutal. Sharon and I wanted to have kids, and this is where we wanted to have them, so we moved back home…

Hugh Scaramella: December 21, 1948 – July 5, 2014

The Republican convention of July 1952 was the first televised national convention. Although my younger brother Hugh was only four years old, he sat, transfixed, for all five days. Dwight…

Perceptions of Wealth

Say what we will about the silliness of Hillary Clinton claiming to be dead broke when she and Bill exited the White House in 2001 to make way for George…

For What It’s Worth

“I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the qualities of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind. ….It is the…

Airbnb: Past, Present, Future

Airbnb: Past, Present, Future

City governments from San Francisco to Fort Bragg have figured out that Airbnb rentals are often subverting local business, zoning, and taxation laws and regulations.…

Sports Cashew

Sacramento, my sports town, and I’m not talking about the NBA Kings. It’s World Cup soccer, the USA Track and Field championships, MLS minor league soccer and Triple-A baseball. USA!…

Playing The Blues (Patrick Ford, Part 2)

Playing The Blues (Patrick Ford, Part 2)

When I was four, my parents gave me a toy drum kit, and then later in second grade I took piano lessons for awhile, then along about 6th grade I…

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