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Posts published in “Essays”

Benefits to Benefit People Who Hold Benefits

Does history prove, or even suggest, that fundraising concerts or performances ever did a thing to relieve the suffering of the children, farmers, starving peasants…

The Sharing Economy

I’m an old geezer but my mind still works pretty well which is to say I know more about more things, from a humble understanding…

Free Weed!

The first recipient of my free weed came up this week with a case of organic evaporated milk I had requested from Whole Foods in…

Pear Picking

I’ll tell you how it happened… I was working fruit that summer, moving from orchard to orchard, picking crops as they ripened: first apricots, then…

Cache Creek Water Wars in Lake County

In this day and age wars are fought about water use because too many users want to draw on too small a supply. In this…

Fact-Checking the Ricardos

Because Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin keeps weaving across the double-yellow line between history and fiction, the literal-minded viewer can get disoriented. In his script for…

Table for 150 Please

Yes, I asked for a table for 150, actually for lunch. I was part of a group doing the serving. Let me explain. I belong…

A New Fort Bragg Hospital?

The Mendocino Coast is facing a crossroads decision about healthcare. That decision will be greatly impacted by fiscal realities and the input of people who…

A Review of Deborah Miranda’s Book, Bad Indians

American Indians are rebounding in California and all across the U.S.A., and they’re popularizing words like “indigeneity,” which is defined as originating in a specific…

The Musical Mission of Barry Harris

Covid claimed the jazz legend Barry Harris last week. The pianist died in a hospital across the Hudson River from Manhattan in North Bergen, New…

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