Purity No More

I was transferred back to the North Coast in 1965 by Ortho Chemical Company who I had worked for five years. I…

Disaster Music

As historic Midwestern floodwaters receded, another “bomb cyclone” attacked the central U.S. this week. It is a time of extremes: to the…

What the Fox Says

I have acquired a friend here in the rehab, a rareish example of the type of person you’d be lucky to encounter…

Cemetery Do-Do

I will probably not live forever, so it is time to make some plans for my passing. Last month I called Eversole…

Death by Secret Subcommittee

On a Wednesday afternoon, Town Hall was empty except for the seven members of the City Council-appointed ad hoc California Voting Rights…

Hugo on Stone & Cathedrals

"From the beginning of things down to the fifteenth century of the Christian era inclusive, architecture was the great book of humanity,…

On Potential

A fellow I got clean with years back — he stayed, I strayed — at the old Ford Street Project…

The Essential Fech

David Fechheimer, San Francisco's premier private investigator, died April 2 after open-heart surgery. We'd been friends for 44 years, minus two. David…