The Warm Pond

When Mary Ann & I were on our honeymoon in 2005, we’d get up every morning and drive down to the warm pond to mingle with the fishes in the soothing volcanic water. Now I hear that it (and the school and park next to it) have become the latest victims of Kilauea’s relentless river of lava.

Aloha. We will always remember our time there.

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The Famous Marching Mayor Of Nevada City

Congratulations to David Sparky Parker on his ascension to the coveted Mayor’s seat on the Nevada City City Council.

However, rumor has it that a special prosecutor will be appointed to investigate claims that he colluded with the Russians to inebriate voters with a concoction known as a “Malakoff Cocktail.”

Stay tuned for occasional updates.


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Summer Nights 2018

WordPress is giving me fits today. Can’t post anything new, but I can pull pix from my library. I just wanted to tell everyone that I will be hawking my wares at NEVADA CITY SUMMER NIGHTS this Wednesday (July 11) and the next two Wednesdays (18th and 25th) from 6 to 9pm. I’ll have T-shirts, prints, refrigerator magnets, and books, including the recent publication, WHO KILLED HUNTER S. THOMPSON?

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Stiff Competition

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The Truth Is Out There…Somewhere…

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Charlie Mason 1944 -2018

Yesterday we attended a memorial for our old friend Charlie Mason in North San Juan. It was not a sad occasion, as we were reunited with many faces from many paths that led to this time and place to celebrate his life.

Charlie was a local legend, and before moving here from The City in the late sixties he played bass with a band called The Jayhawks, and later became the original bass player for Carrie Nation. He was known for his leather work, especially his moccasins. He had many trades over the years, including a few that have only recently become legal. He was a man ahead of his time.

He was a gentle soul, and always ready to help a friend in need. He was loved by his many children and grandchildren. Have a speedy journey to your next destination, my friend.

(Photo by Rusty Witwer)

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Enough Politics, Let’s Go To The River…

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Tom Coleman

Just a few days ago, former National Hotel owner Tom Coleman was named Grand Marshal of this year’s July 4th parade. Today, he is gone. Many of us who frequented the National and considered Tom a friend thought that it was the hotel that kept him going all these years, despite his failing health. When he finally relinquished the Grand Old Lady, it was just a matter of time. We’ll miss you, sir.

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The Fire Down Below

Every day, the hate thermometer moves up another few degrees. And of course, it’s always the other side’s fault. There is no reconciliation, only blame. The Trumpists (they can no longer lay claim to the Republican label) are determined to upend every institution and policy that has governed this nation for the last century. The Democrats are barely holding on to centrist policies as they inch closer to socialism.

The center has all but disappeared from the conversation. Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins are among the few who can still lay claim to any semblance of bipartisanship, and both are remnants of a past century that we thought was too radical at the time. Now the Reagan and Clinton years look tame and cuddly compared to the current mood.

As I’ve said many times before, it’s all about winning now. Full speed ahead and damn the opposition. If only it was that simple.

What was it, three million votes that separated the two parties out of almost one hundred million cast? When will the 48+ million who lost (in the electoral college) fade away? By the same reasoning, all those predictions of the die-off of old Republicans hasn’t really panned out, and even if they do it will be another decade before it makes any difference.

By that time, I doubt the Republic as we know it will still exist. Even if the “blue wave” comes to pass in November, it will only serve to widen the chasm.  If there are winners in the break up of the states, they will only be Russian and Chinese.

Where are the sane voices? Certainly not Maxine Waters, who has called on the true believers to confront every Trump voter in every public place. Certainly not our resident ex-supervisor Todd Juvinall, who is clamoring for martial law on the southern border, even if he can’t spell it.

And I can hear it now…Well, Mr. smartypants cartoonist, how would you solve the great divide? How can you resolve such diverse visions of how this country should be run?

What we’ve always done, that’s how. We compromise and bitch about how we didn’t get everything we wanted, except peace. Remember, the pursuit of happiness is no guarantee that you’ll ever get it.


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Blinded By The Lights

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