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Pine Nuts: Operation Drawdown
Pine Nuts: Operation Drawdown

July 21, 2019

Will you agree with me that most people are good-hearted? Even robocallers, when they are done antagonizing the general public, must go home to their loving families and their loving dogs. Even tailgaters, when they...




Don Rogers: Careers that couldn’t be
Don Rogers: Careers that couldn’t be

July 19, 2019

I know, I just know, I’m going to grow into the next Merlin Olson, the Hall of Fame-bound defensive tackle for our Los Angeles Rams. Why else would a skinny little fifth grader be such...


Simone Grandmain: Mi concina, su concina
Simone Grandmain: Mi concina, su concina

July 13, 2019

When I first met Lisa Tenorio, owner of North Tahoe Catering (northtahoecatering.com), she was assembling a platter of gourmet sandwiches while a co-worker was preparing what appeared to be a platter of vegetables, ready for...


Pine Nuts: The art of whistling

July 13, 2019

While waiting in line for a lift ticket this past winter I passed the time by whistling, “Born to Lose.” I don’t know why I was whistling that particular Ray Charles song, though I’m sure...



Don Rogers: Biden, Harris’ uneducated gotcha
Don Rogers: Biden, Harris’ uneducated gotcha

July 12, 2019

Here’s a curious thing, at least to me, about Biden and busing: It didn’t work. So is the former senator and vice president a chump for, let’s put this in the worst light, working with...



Pine Nuts: Mulling the Mueller Report
Pine Nuts: Mulling the Mueller Report

July 7, 2019

Being a product of Mrs. Blumberger’s Remedial Reading Class, it took me a full three weeks to read the redacted Mueller Report. It does not read like Mark Twain, so it was pretty tough sledding...




Don Rogers: A fount of wisdom in Squaw
Don Rogers: A fount of wisdom in Squaw

July 5, 2019

If you like to read and think, if you are compelled to write, if you are curious what authors think about, here’s heaven: Yep, the venerable Squaw Valley’s annual writers conference and its public sessions...


Pine Nuts: A Fourth to remember
Pine Nuts: A Fourth to remember

June 30, 2019

For those of us old enough to remember King George, his wrath, and our grievances, well, bearing witness to the list of monarchies still in existence in the 21st century is enough to make a...



Pine Nuts: The 7th at Pebble
Pine Nuts: The 7th at Pebble

June 21, 2019

The U.S. Open returned to Pebble Beach this year and all the talk was about the par-three cliffside 7th hole, a charming peninsula that sticks out into the ocean 100 yards below the tee box,...



Don Rogers: Podunk, but also precious
Don Rogers: Podunk, but also precious

June 21, 2019

An overriding value at a community newspaper is participation. Our big city cousins go more for exclusivity. That’s a huge gap, actually, and might permeate all of our differences. “Community,” of course, is an euphemism...


Don Rogers: Never fear, world will end
Don Rogers: Never fear, world will end

June 14, 2019

Desalination facilities deliver freshwater along coasts from San Diego to Saudi Arabia. Maybe expensive, but the price will drop sure as rain. We can pump any fluid anywhere. Right now. Solar energy is on the...