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Posts published in “Essays”

Karen Horn: Artist in Residence

Karen Horn and Frank Cieciorka arrived in Alderpoint by different paths, but paths much like those trod by many of us as we retreated north…

Mendo Hometowns a Little Guy Logger

On September 5th, the Mendocino County DA’s office issued this press release called: “Timber Operator Convicted of Violating Forest Practice Rules.” “On August 31, 2001,…

Four Boonville Boys and the Cop’s Wife

Nobody disagrees on the basic facts.  There is fundamental disagreement on the particulars. The facts.  It was Tuesday, the last day of July, two weeks…

Infant Huns Invade Living Room

In August during football practice the Boonville sun was brutal, unrelenting. It smacked you upside the head, bloodying your ear and fattening your lip. Its…

Of Lilacs and Lambs

On an ordinary day of shopping for life's boring necessities in Ukiah, even when punctuated by more enlivened pursuits, not a whole lot happens that…

How to Fix Baseball

My job is to devise a whole new set of rules and concepts to shorten the time it takes to play a game of Major…

Where Is Jaime Vasquez?

Two Saturday nights ago, at about 10pm, Jaime Vasquez, 29, was taken from his car at gunpoint by four masked men. The abduction of the…

A Story of Opening Day

There is no better beginning to a week than watching a baseball game, and there is no better baseball game than Opening Day, that mythic…

Doing It for the Kids

Gov. Gray Davis “steered public schooling in a decidedly pro-business direction yesterday” with his appointment of Donald Fisher, big daddy of The Gap, Inc., to…

Confessions of a Riot Tourist

It is early afternoon in downtown Seattle on November 30, 1999. Inside the Washington State Convention Center, capitalist investors and government bureaucrats at the World Trade Organization Ministerial are

Deus Ex Machina

Despite the most beautiful of intentions I find myself a victim once more to idealized conceptions of time and space, the meaning of life, freshly…

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