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Disturbing The Peace

I’d prefer not to call the cops. I don’t have anything against cops and I don’t fear them. Some of my friends and relatives are cops, like most people probably.…

New Rules on the Farm

Unusually balmy weather haunted Anderson Valley at least through the end of November, a phenomenon I witnessed first hand touring the gardens of friends who still had tomatoes and peppers…

Sultans of the Stick

Sultans of the Stick

One of the longest milliseconds I ever lived through came before the beginning of the Dies irae from Mozart’s Requiem. The members of the Stanford Chorus crowded onto the risers…

The Bubble Whisperer of Anderson Valley

A couple years back at an abundant Memorial Day Weekend party on Mendocino Ridge, I noticed winemaker Arnaud Weyrich of Roederer Estate sampling the random red wines on Anne Fashauer’s…

The Stony Lonesome #5, Criminology Edition

I hate committing crimes. I really do. It’s scary and nerve-racking and guilt inducing and, well — wrong. This is why I fling myself headlong and heedless into the most…

The ‘Stain’ Of Torture

The ‘Stain’ Of Torture

The “Torture Report” is finally public, at least much of it, and it’s been front-page news, and it is horrible, disgusting, shameful and embarrassing. Other nations not known for their…

Choosing Names

Our dear friends Nick and Clare Bokulich, Nick the noted fermentologist, Clare the renowned musicologist and daughter of local viola legend Marion Crombie, recently sent us this pregnancy update. “Had…

Mendocino Talking: Pinky Kushner

Mendocino Talking: Pinky Kushner

Pinky was born and raised in St. Louis, spent time as a child living in Cuba, received her degree in comparative literature and her PhD in neuroscience. She is a…

It Happened In 1929

Once upon a time in Mendocino, a hundred years and more ago, children walked miles through downpours along Little Lake Road before splashing their way on up the rise to…

The Stony Lonesome: Literary Edition

A while back in the Letters section of this august journal there was an ongoing impromptu forum discussing folks’ top ten literary pics. I enjoyed reading our readership’s lists and…

The New/Old Wild West

Okay, the grand experiment is over. Amazingly, a black man was elected president. It can’t happen again until after 2050, the projected time when whites will be officially a minority.…

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