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Posts published in “Essays”

Dark Light: A Thanksgiving Parable

Winter in California, decades ago. I’d come back from traveling the world for almost two years after graduate school, with the primary aim of reuniting…

First, The Good News

Edward Winslow’s Good Newes from New-England published in 1624 in London begins its account in November of 1621. There is no word of the first…

AV Land Trust Sues Peachland Family

Jim Snyder, our High School Principal, sued me in court in Ukiah. I’m still trying to figure out why.  Some current news stories feel eerily…

The Answer, Hiding In Plain Sight

Bob Dylan, now in his 80th year and whose shadow blankets the last half-century of American culture, is both a celebrated hero and a man…

R.I.P. Maze

I have always wondered what happened to a corn maze after Halloween. I think about all of the work just put into raising the corn.…

The Search for Something Better

In the early 1980s I did logging work on the Lookout Ranch for the Shandel's of Comptche.  My impression was they had purchased the property…

Taxicab Memories

I can still remember that first fare in my New York taxi: an older white-haired woman standing at Union Square on 17th Street. I cruised…

Eat the 2020 Election

Voters were definitely on edge Election Day, but not so edgy that they couldn’t or didn’t abstain from eating. From coast-to-coast and in what’s known…

Running For His Life

Say you walk into a Willits bar. John's place maybe. You order up a draft and start talking sports with the guy next to you.…

The Actual War On Drugs

On a typical morning in Department 10, one of the four municipal courts on the first floor of the Hall of Justice, 26 people wait…

Local Real Estate Year In Review

At least once a year, sometimes more often, I like to take a look at the BAREIS MLS (Bay Area Real Estate Information Services Multiple…

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