Monthly Archives: November 2014

B is for Berkeley


“I knew I’d been living in Berkeley too long when I saw a sign that said ‘Free firewood’ and my first thought was ‘Who was Firewood and what did he do?’” ~ John Berger “There are two major products that … Continue reading

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The Beat Generation: Rhyming Rebels


In the last ten years, a group of shabby young individuals who like to be known as the Beats have attracted considerable attention to themselves in the United States. Like the American Communists of the 1930’s, the Paris existentialists of … Continue reading

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What is Travel?


In the last few years, I have enjoyed travel for its limbo-quality, the sense of being suspended from my own existence, my obligations and my ties with what we call home. Travel, then, creates a sense of freedom (albeit false) … Continue reading

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If only Menander were this funny…


I am prejudiced for sure as maternal love is a bottomless pit but I wanted to post a Latin homework assignment (video) of Caroline’s on my blog, as it was indeed the funniest thing I have seen come by this … Continue reading

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B is for Beach Boys, the Ultimate California Sound


“Boy, we partied man. They were crazy days, man. Just partying all the time. We’d go surfing – and we’d get up at 6 AM and take off to the northern beaches and surf in the sunrise, then cruise around, … Continue reading

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Dorothy Lake: In Memoriam


This coming week it has been a year ago that my mother-in-law died; I wrote a little tribute for her at the time on FB; I am reposting it here. We all still miss her. Life is just a whole … Continue reading

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A is for Avenue of the Giants: Redwoods Rock


Ronald Reagan once said that if you have seen one redwood tree, you have seen them all, but I would like to respectfully disagree (or maybe I should say, once you have heard one Republican, you have heard them all)… … Continue reading

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A is for Artichokes: Thistles with a Purple Heart


In 1548, the first artichoke arrived in England. What happened over there should not be blamed on English cuisine but it did become apparent that the artichoke was much less popular in Northern Europe: when the German poet Goethe traveled through Italy and saw how farmers sat down to eat artichokes, he mocked them by saying that the peasants were eating “thistles”.

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A is for Angel Island: The Ellis Island of the West


Maybe this is hard to believe but 10,000 years ago, Angel Island was actually connected to what is now Tiburon in Marin. During the last Ice Age, the island was separated from the mainland and later used by the local … Continue reading

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A is for Alpine County, Odd One Out?


Alpine County is located south of Lake Tahoe and is the smallest and least populous county in the big and populous state of California. The town went from the silver boom to a logging boom but the bust(s) resulted in … Continue reading

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