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raha-behnam's picture
Jan.27.2009
The trees in Northern California are massive beings that proudly display their age and wisdom in the wide girth of their trunks and their willingness to stand erect at unimaginable heights. They strongly remind humans not to be fooled - that they have existed eons before any of the structures,...
julia-stein's picture
Jan.23.2009
I’m going to Berkeley today for the meeting of the California Studies Association based in Berkeley: http://californiastudiesassociation.berkeley.edu/ I am a board member. We study California and have an annual conference In April trying to connect academics who study California, politicians,...
mary-wilkinson's picture
Jan.07.2009
Okay. I own up.  It's not easy. Life is difficult. Right this minute I feel as if I just got off of a conveyor belt or worse I've been dropped into some strange alien planet with no sense or comprehension of what or where I'm supposed to do or go. I am LOST. I am a directionless, fool of a woman,...
jessica-anya-blau's picture
Jan.03.2009
            Air travel stories are like dreams--they're only interesting if you're in them.  This information should be one of those things people tell you at some turning point in life: your Bar Mitzvah, your coming out ball, your wedding day.              But I'm going to ignore my own advice...
ben-campbell's picture
Dec.22.2008
Whether I should or should not kill the wife & husband was a brain freeze decision to make. Zimmerman made the offer...if I'd murder his in-laws, he would inherit three exquisite hotels and six lavish restaurants in Europe. For my services I'd be set financially for life.     Could I kill them...
jessica-anya-blau's picture
Dec.01.2008
One question I am often asked by readers of my novel, THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES, is, “Have your daughters read it?!” The question is always asked in a way that demands at least one exclamation point, as the novel is full of sex and has some mild drug use. The answer is one daughter has read...
mary-lynn-i-archibald's picture
Nov.26.2008
We are fortunate this year to have Carl's son and his new fiance´with us for Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Both Carl and I, like most Californians, have families that have split and reformed, with ex-wives and husbands, but in our case, we even like each other.This year, we are blessed to have not...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Nov.24.2008
Driving over Donner Pass Friday morning, we saw: clear skies, sun glittering on an expanse of deep-blue lake, rushing streams lined with red and gold reeds resembling the fur of an unknown animal, polished stones like giant mushrooms, ribbons of snow tucked beneath their rims. "I love...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Nov.19.2008
The movers come tomorrow to take our worldly goods to Kansas City, the mere name of which launches a song in the jukebox of my brain. I hope to have a lovely and musical time exploring my new home, and not to be too daunted by the things KC denizens keep telling this Californian to expect (i.e.,...
jessica-anya-blau's picture
Nov.01.2008
    I met my mother when I was born.  Since then she has progressed from a dress-sewing, dinner-cooking, hair in a high-bun housewife, to a nude swimming, pot-smoking artist to a grey-haired lady who thinks old age is an embarrassment to be treated like some hideous debilitating disease.  The one...