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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…

Macy’s Last Stand

Like others, it’s fair to say, or at least like other oldies, I had not purchased any new clothing in a year. I sometimes wore…

Our Times: An Error of Omission

Margaret Renkl, 61, is a New York Times opinion columnist who describes her beat as “flora, fauna, politics and culture in the American South.” She…

Painterland

The most famous event in the history of avant-garde literary San Francisco was Allen Ginsberg’s reading of “Howl” at the Six Gallery at 3119 Fillmore…

Aunt Blanche Brown & Indian Creek (Part 2)

Two weeks ago our story introduced us to the life of Aunt Blanche Brown, teacher, historian, community asset.  The episode ended with the fire that…

Free At Last To Drink 24/7

If you’re thinking about when to retire you should quit thinking and start partying like it’s 1999, back when you were younger, smarter and better…

Plugged Out

Not by accident. In fact, intentionally. I am not plugged in; I am plugged out. Every day, I see my opposites, who confirm my choice.…

COVID Rebound

With President Biden experiencing a return of COVID symptoms, there has been a flurry of news reports on “COVID rebound”.  Let’s look at what this…

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