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laura-johnston-kohl's picture
Aug.29.2012
In March 1970, I first traveled up to Ukiah, California. I was a progressive with a Cause – without any shelter from the storms around me. I was a recent college dropout and divorcee, an anti-war protestor, an “honorary” Black Panther member, a Woodstock participant, and a seriously impaired...
charles-a-ray's picture
Jul.05.2012
  My house has an attic, a basement, a garage, and a crawlspace over the garage; and each of those spaces is filled to the brim with boxes of memories of fifty years of packing and moving about every two years or so.  Some of those boxes haven’t been unpacked for more than thirty years....
laura-johnston-kohl's picture
Nov.17.2011
    This Friday will be the 33rd anniversary of the day when my family and friends died in Jonestown. This year will be unique – the first, really, when we survivors and friends can gather around our panels with all the names of those who died. The four panels were laid down last...
nc-weil's picture
Oct.03.2011
Review of Karmafornia, a novel by NC Weil by Lorine Kritzer Pergament     From the image of an Indian bedspread print on the cover through the trials and tribulations of the twenty-something main characters, Weil gives us descriptive details of a culturally and politically volatile...
jane-hammons's picture
Oct.18.2010
You might have heard: Nicholas Carr is worried that Google is making us stupid. I’m sure there are reasons to worry about my brain, but Google isn’t one of them. I don’t write historical fiction, per se, but if a story has historical elements in it, I want them to be accurate. I also want to make...
ron-cabral's picture
Mar.29.2009
In 1976 Judy Bebelaar and I were teaching at Opportunity High School in San Francisco. Opportunity was the new name of the old Continuation High School. The school was designed to attract those students who did not have success in the mainstream high schools - drop outs, unwed mothers, chronic...
susan-brown's picture
Nov.21.2008
This has been a busy and frequently difficult week.  Money was so tight, stresses were high, and family issues all over the place.  Monetarily it improved some, thanks to KidTwo and two family friends--thank goodness.  We will now make it through until the next batch of regularly scheduled money...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Nov.18.2008
I was six when the suicides at Jonestown happened. I don’t remember the coverage at all. It was 1978 and it was before CNN, MSNBC, before everyone had the information super highway readily available. We had thirteen channels on my grandfather’s television set, the set he bought in the sixties. My...
phil-bronstein's picture
Nov.17.2008
It's been 19 years since six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter were murdered by soldiers at their university residence in El Salvador. Just the day before, I'd done a long interview with one of those priests, Ignacio Martin-Baro, about the major guerrilla offensive then raging all...