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 […]