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The Last Days of the Redwood Record

I was hanging around The Redwood Record in Garberville, California toward the end in 1995 and that place was a zoo: stoners, neurotics, alcoholics, and…

911

“David and Nelson’s twin tombstones” is what Jack Newfield called the Twin Towers, which were rising steadily in the winter of 1970/71. They cast rectangular…

Melville, Our Contemporary

I spent a good part of August 1, 2019, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Herman Melville, by doing what every red-blooded American ought…

And Still They Howl

There was a time, and some of us remember it, when nightly howls echoed about the neighborhoods of Ukiah, howls intended as loud shouts of…

My Life In Laytonville

As a fugitive from justice with regards to a 600 pound bust in Baltimore, I managed to purchase 160 acres of prime Woodman Creek property…

Woodrose Scenes

The iconic Woodrose Cafe in Garberville, California started in 1977 and was our unofficial community center for forty years, a local institution which is still…

Annette a l’Amazon

For some thirty years now your Musical Patriot has marched in step with a woman named Annette to countless nights in the cinema, opera, and…

Childhood Memories

The first clear memories of my childhood began in the town of Los Gatos, located in south end of Silicon Valley and nestled against the…

Chasing Trains In The Southwest

For 46 years I’ve been married to a “ferroequinologist.” Know what that is? A person who loves any and all aspects of railroading. They are…

Labor Day At Oracle Park

Oracle Park is where the Giants play in San Francisco. (It used to be PacBell Park. Can’t tell the corporate sponsors without a scorecard.) Unite…

Flynn Creek Circus Rounds the Turn

She is high off the ground, far higher than is comfortable for most people, as she begins to let go. Her hands are chalked to…

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