Why Alfred E. Newman Is President (July 23, 2003)

This morning I rose with The Answer, which I want to share with you. The same corporations that jerk around gasoline prices and smother public outrage against the practice, during the millennial corporate celebration when Enron stock was running near $100 a share, decided to sell the American people on Alfred E. Newman for president, […]

Cowboys Forever, At Least In Covelo

While visiting Willits for Thanksgiving, on Black Friday I dropped into its elegant feed store/pet store/tack shop/ranchwear and coffee shop, J.D. Redhouse & Co., in the middle of town on the highway. I was looking for something in catnip for a friend and eyeing a Woolrich Alaska Shirt at a 40% discount for myself. But […]

Broncs, Boots & Boobs: Rodeo, Then & Now:

1949, the spotlight illuminated the most fantastic event I had ever seen in my six years of life: Casey Tibbs winning the saddle-bronc rider championship of the world in eight seconds. Since then, my heroes have always included “high-ridin’ cowboys,” as Willie Nelson put it. The crowd held its breath during that ride and was […]

The Game’s Finally Up: California Water & Real Estate

In spite of this winter’s rains, California is still going into its fourth year of drought and its second year of high-powered water warfare. The state now lives in a state of perpetual water anxiety. We even have a monthly religious rite at the top of Echo Pass, near Lake Tahoe. A shaman from the […]