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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…

Election Monkey Business

As I write this on Thursday night, little more than a week after the Nov. 3rd Election, events have transpired exactly as I predicted this…

Anderson Valley Vistas

Sometime in the nineteen seventies, after I had started running my own sheep band at the home ranch, Sam Prather and I began exploring a partnership…

Campus Pandemics, Then & Now

I’ve been teaching a music journalism class here at Cornell this semester. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings over the past eleven weeks I’ve joined eight…

When There Were Gods

I walked off the basketball court tonight and I knew I would never win again. I’m 52 years old with bad ankles and I have…

COVID Update

As the news media reports a surge of new COVID cases, there is also optimism as two vaccines for COVID have just been approved...

Red Pill, Blue Pill

In the spring of 2020, while the world stayed indoors to suppress Covid-19, arsonists attacked mobile phone towers in Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia and…

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