Mineral Wrongs

We boarded an airplane at San Jose’s Mineta Airport in December, taxied down the runway until the nose pointed to the sky and we lifted up over Silicon Valley. I watched the mountains through the small window. Soon we were over the central valley, the white- topped Sierras, The Great Basin and the Rockies in […]

The Oakland General Strike

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell On the morning of November 2nd 2011, I drove northbound on Interstate 880 towards Oakland. We were coming from Santa Cruz, just getting off Highway 17, and now holding a steady 70 rpms just to keep a safe pace while […]

Summer Is Over

There’s a door in the back of the Ten Mile Courtroom in Fort Bragg that is rarely left open. It’s behind the court reporter’s desk and Judge Brennan’s bench. As I sat in the gallery last Monday I noticed it had been left wide open, exposing a neglected hallway full of half filled file boxes, […]

An Accidental Interview With John Sakowicz

I had to bring a bad alternator over the hill to Ukiah last Thursday. I wasn’t sure if it was dead on my first alternator related trip the day before, riding the Mendocino Transit Authority from Boonville to downtown Ukiah. I got a bench test ran at an auto parts store off of Clay Street. […]

The True State Of The Nation

“You must go to AA meetings everyday,” instructed Judge Clayton Brennan to John Bowman in Fort Bragg’s Ten Mile Courtroom last Tuesday. Bowman was in court for a violation of probation. The probation department recommended that he be put in jail and Deputy DA Sergio Fuentes agreed. Deputy Probation Officer Damon Lebert said that Bowman […]

A Tree Growing Below Barbed Wire

“That a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races, until the Indian race becomes extinct, must be expected. While we cannot anticipate this result but with painful regret, the inevitable destiny of the race is beyond the power or wisdom of man to avert.” — Governor Peter H. Burnett, first governor […]

Rasta Notes

“He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man.” — Psalms 104:14 “I don’t have a credit card or bank account or any shit like that. I never will,” said the guy who hitchhiked into Boonville on Thursday, June 26th, the day before the Sierra Nevada World Music […]

Poisoned Rainbows

“Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows.” — Leonard Cohen “I’m going to ask if anyone needs an interpreter,” announced the mustached court interpreter to the morning gallery at Ten Mile Court in Fort Bragg. A group gathered in the front left side of the gallery and the interpreter spoke to them all in Spanish. The […]

Walking Bike

When the weather is dry and the summer teases the Valley I have been gardening, landscaping, weed-whacking and digging in the hills of Philo. My van was still broken down so I had to ride a bike from where I was staying in the hills of Boonville. I slowed for the sharp turns on cliff […]

Naked In Gualala

A week after my van broke down I had a nude modeling gig at a figure drawing class in Gualala. I was living on Signal Ridge at the time. I walked down the hill and turned left at Philo Greenwood Road toward the coast. I walked mile after mile past vineyards and vistas, over the […]

Meth & Ab, Ab & Meth

Before I walked into the Ten Mile Courthouse building in Fort Bragg on a Tuesday morning I read a bumper sticker on a large pickup truck parked on the street out front: “My husband said he’ll leave me if I go diving one more time… I’m sure going to miss him.” Inside the lobby I […]