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Electric Shock

Remember in the not-so-long-ago past when America’s car makers very publicly cried foul over how electric cars would collectively toss them on the trash heap…

Hot, Humid, Sweaty, Sticky

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio means I grew up on speaking terms with numerous and varied weather conditions, including humidity.  Then I moved to California and…

Neighbors

There's a group of about six houses down the hill and everyone drives by my house, mostly neighborly slow, but a couple of them barrel…

Donald Dukes: The First “City Kid,” Part 2

My earlier report on the childhood of Donald Dukes, Bob Glover’s step-son, described his migration from a Kentucky coal camp to industrial Hammond, Indiana, to…

A Friend of Bill’s

UCSF Medical Center is the largest employer in San Francisco besides the city and county itself. Cliff LeBlanc worked there for more than 42 years,…

People’s Park, Berkeley

In the southwest corner of the 2.8 acres of unbuilt land in Berkeley known since April 20, 1970 as “People’s Park,” there grew a tree…

Mining Mount Shasta

I am standing at the base of Mount Shasta on a late summer day as rivulets of snowmelt bleed out of rock and fill up…

The Invitation

I got an invitation yesterday to the opening of an art exhibit at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, NC because…

Proactive Environmentalism

Call them the king and the queen of the endangered monarch butterflies. Ole Schell and Elizabeth Weber, both of whom grew up in a world…

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