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March on Washington

1963. August 1st, San Francisco North Beach. I met up with a guy named Sky King. He wore all black and a long cape with…

Train Trekking to the Great White Bears

It all started out because I'm married to a man who likes long train trips. Really long train trips. In the past five years we've traveled 17,000…

Martin Luther King: Terrorist

Let's not mince words. Were Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive today, he would be at risk for being imprisoned indefinitely, without charges or access…

Newspaper Politics in a Small Town

One thing people never seem to get tired of is wondering what evil forces are at work behind the scenes that shape the reporting of…

Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman

Lately I've received several end-of-the-year form letters wherein the sender(s) painstakingly detail their lives over the past year. It's the kind of missive only mothers…

The Cat Came Back

The early afternoon summer sun reflected off the lake onto my ceiling and danced on my desk. The front door to my little bachelor cottage…

The Real Jihad

I'm an atheist.  There, I've said it. You want to make something of it? I know a guy who's a bit of a bible-thumper. He's…

Harvest Time

One of the most heated debates in the recall election centers on whether or not illegal immigrants should have California driver's licenses, with detractors of…

Seniors Set Record Time for Sinkyone

Alexander Cockburn and Bruce Anderson, legitimate recipients of mailings from the American Association of Retired People, hiked the arduously magnificent Sinkyone Wilderness Trail last weekend…

The Great Republic of Rough and Ready

A one sentence blurb in California Travelers' Trivia attracted my attention: "The small hamlet (Rough and Ready) seceded from the Union in 1850 and did…

To Plea or Not To Plea

Douglas Scott Hirscher, the man involved in the deadly four-car accident on Highway 128 near Yorkville on December 1, 2002, has pled no contest to…

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