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My Mind Walked Out The Door

It’s long forgotten now, but prior to the start of fiscal year 1847 there were no postage stamps in use in the United States of America. Before July 1, 1847,…

No Good Deed, Fort Bragg Branch

What I love(d) about living in the big city is the wealth of opportunity. I'm not talking about the potential for cultural enrichment or the multitude of career options, the…

Legal High — Mile High

Legal marijuana. I never thought I’d see it happen, not in my lifetime. Legalized medical marijuana is one thing, but now the states of Colorado and Washington have legal marijuana.…

We’re In It

Those thousands of articles about the coming consequences of global warming, over-population, and environmental pollution? Those consequences are here. Yes, things are going to get worse, but unprecedented climatic events…

Roadtripping With Nabokov

Driving to Boston from Ithaca to give a concert at the venerable early music festival there last week, I decided to listen to a book on tape rather than my…

Take Me Out To The Ballgames

Take Me Out To The Ballgames

A's Versus Giants Ballparks — If going to a ballgame at Giants Park in San Francisco is considered a step up in the major league baseball fan experience, well then…

Back Country Bridge to Nowhere

Back Country Bridge to Nowhere

My husband’s idea of a great day trip is anything that involves trains and back roads so we headed over to Maxwell on I-5 to satisfy his curiosity about an…

The Animal Lady of Juniper Flat

I’ve always been of two minds when it comes to animal lovers. So long as they put the human animal at the top of their lists, I put them atop…

The Stony Lonesome: Suicide

There’s nothing funny about suicide, unfortunately; one cannot employ humor to mitigate the horror, not and remain within the bounds of humanity and good taste. It’s just too sad, and…

Almond Acreage Booms 

The drought has reduced California’s water supply to an all-time low, prompting officials to mandate strict cutbacks in urban communities. Farmers, who went unaffected by the regulations, have said they…

Trust

Trust is a tricky thing. Long ago, I held writing workshops for groups of eight people meeting for two hours once a week in my living room, each course lasting…

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