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Pine Nuts: The past has a tangible presence

February 23, 2020

One of the nice things about portraying characters out of the past is the feeling you get when you stand where they stood and see what they saw. Within this confluence of past and present,...


Law Review: Bulwer-Lytton 2019 winners (Part 1)

February 22, 2020

As you few readers know, we annually present a handful of our favorite Bulwer-Lytton winners. The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is named after novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton.The contest is to write a bad opening sentence to an...


Don Rogers: Words to live by

February 21, 2020

Surely you’ve told your life story to somebody, something of your ups and your downs, and at least hinted at what you hold dear, your most important values. If only to yourself. What is your...


Brian Hamilton: What would our heroes say today?

February 21, 2020

Watching an eyewitness to one of our nation’s most historic moments swell with pride as he shared his story left a lump in my throat. Manuel “Chick” Cicogni’s eyes grew wide with excitement, his hands...


Pine Nuts: A short history of the marathon

February 16, 2020

I’ve long wondered how the marathon run came to be 26 miles in the first place. So I did a little research and found the history to be fascinating … It all started, like so...


Law Review: Maxims of Jurisprudence

February 15, 2020

The California Civil Code contains a few dozen seldom-used pearls of legal wisdom entitled Maxims of Jurisprudence. Their purpose is to aid in the application and interpretation of the law. Seriously. Some are recognizable, a...


Don Rogers: Sugar for our fears

February 14, 2020

The coronavirus could take down China’s government, but it’s nothing like the ordinary flu. The outbreak — more extensive than SARS! — also shows how our imaginations frighten us far more than the prosaic killers...


Climate Dispatches: Your food and our climate

February 14, 2020

The purpose of this ongoing series of “Climate Dispatches” is to share with our neighbors how climate change affects our community and how we can all make a meaningful difference. We all eat food every...


Marguerite Sprague: Coronavirus: Crowned but not royalty

February 9, 2020

The current coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan, China has everyone concerned. Viruses are not a simple subject: there are more than we can count, and the details get confusing quickly. We all know people...


Pine Nuts: Finding humor in the impeachment trial

February 9, 2020

Was there humor to be found in the impeachment trial? You bet there was. To begin, you can’t ask a senator who is used to jumping up and pontificating every five minutes to sit still...



Don Rogers: Kobe’s shot at atonement

February 7, 2020

I like to think Kobe Bryant grew up. Never liked him as a basketball player. Wanted my blood team, the Lakers, to keep Shaq and let him go when there was a choice. Thought he...


Don Rogers: Blessings from the sting

January 31, 2020

Ah, rejection, sweet rejection, an acquired taste with all its bitterness. But there may be nothing better for you. That’s what I took from an article in Poets & Writers by the keynote speaker, Grant...


Law Review: AB 5 nightmare: independent contractor or employee?

January 31, 2020

For hundreds of years, hundreds of thousands of employers in California have hired some workers as independent contractors, without withholding, using 1099 forms. It’s been a convenient way to do business, considerably less expensive than...


Pine Nuts: The Indomitable Spirit Of Man

January 31, 2020

A rescue at sea is always riveting, but the 2020 New Year’s Eve Rescue gave me chicken skin all over. In full disclosure I have not ventured out to sea since our honeymoon when my...


Pine Nuts: Party like it’s 1870

January 26, 2020

When I was a little kid I read a Donald Duck comic book and was fascinated when I saw Uncle Scrooge McDuck had a coin with his likeness on it. I thought, “I’d like to...



Don Rogers: Last call for Dad

January 24, 2020

It was the right decision, the only one left. No less awful. Variations of our drama were playing out in all the rooms. ICU had an everyday quality I found comforting somehow. People in blue...