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At the Doctor’s Office

My friend drove me up to the doctor in Eureka in the pickup I lent him while his car was being repaired. I had been…

Evangelical Intellectuals

There’s a new John Mitchell in town. Like Nixon’s attorney general, the lawyer who wrote the Texas anti-abortion bill that took effect Sept. 1 and…

The Zenis & The Finocchios

One of my longtime favorite friends is Len Finocchio, who besides being a bigshot health expert with a doctorate in public health is a former…

From Clowns to Donuts to Cicero & Back Again

Healthcare is not usually funny. However, there are eighty-seven certified clowns working in hospitals across the Czech Republic. Once in awhile you get an idea…

Sold My Surfboard, Bought A Hound Dog

Twenty or so years ago those of my generation began reviewing their pensions and plotting their retirements.  Anywhere from San Diego to Vermont would do,…

An Ashen Voiced Anthem

One has come to accept, even perversely enjoy, the full foolish fury of America’s National Anthem as patriotic prelude to the country’s most brutal sports.…

Burners & Black Opals

This ordinarily would be the time I’d be submitting a story to the AVA about being a senior citizen out on the playa in the…

9/11: An Exchange

Rye N Flint: 911 was an inside job and ritual sacrifice. Each action has an equal and opposite reaction. Doug Coulter: Your shrugging dismissal of…

Portrait of a Marijuana Widow

War makes women into widows. In fact, war is called "the widow maker." Football also makes some women into widows, especially during football season, which…

Peacock Perils

I am a mom through and through, and not just to my two kids Kodiak and Cassidy, who turned out to be wonderful human adults.…

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…

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