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  • Redding City Council Candidates Spar, Swap Views at Latest Forum

    The Redding City Council candidates’ campaign race is so hot, heavy and jam-packed with public forums that it feels as if the election is two-and-a-half weeks away, rather than its actual two-and-a-half months. As grueling as it must be for the candidates to participate in so many forums, voters are the winners. We’re provided with myriad [...]

    Reflections in a Mirror (While Shaving): Part 3

    While having lunch with three friends, we invented a new (to us) game… “Conversation Starters That Stop Conversations.” We listed 50 or so but the one that stuck with me was, “I’m only telling you this as a friend…” No! You’re not. Stop. This is going to be embarrassing, intimate and unsolicited. A true friend [...]

    Once Upon A Brew Pub – North Coast Brewing Co.

    I have always found the rugged beauty of the northern California coast both peaceful and awe-inspiring. Once a year I have a job in Manchester, just south of Fort Bragg, CA. Fort Bragg is home to North Coast Brewing Company, which has some absolutely wonderful brews. So of course it is imperative that I stop [...]

    Menu Please: Sushi and Serenity at Sakura

    “Jiro Ono serves Edo-style traditional sushi, the same 20 or 30 pieces he’s been making his whole life, and he’s still unsatisfied with the quality and every day wakes up and trains to make the best. And that is as close to a religious experience in food as one is likely to get.” - Anthony Bourdain [...]


    Recently, while staying at an Air B&B house in Carpinteria, I was having dinner on the patio with the hostess who so graciously (& deliciously!) prepared it. We were sitting, chatting over lemon chicken and fresh garden vegetables, and her friend, Phillip of Grover Beach, started talking about “floating.” I immediately remembered reading an article [...]

    Letter to Editor/Community: Negative Stigma on Foster Parents Doesn’t Help

    Dear Community, You seem to have a pretty dismal impression of foster families. This month, I discovered just what it meant to be a foster family. For two blissful weeks, we were under the impression our chances of adopting our foster child of almost one year were becoming possible. At the permanent plan hearing, I [...]

    Free Therapy # 44: Awakening to Our True Nature

    Some time when the river is ice ask me mistakes I have made. Ask me whether what I have done is my life. Others have come in their slow way into my thought, and some have tried to help or to hurt: ask me what difference their strongest love or hate has made. I will [...]

    Wrinkly in Ashland; Intergalactic Grandparenting

    It all came on so suddenly. Sofia lost all her baby incisors at about the same time she graduated to reading chapter books. She traded in her hot pink organdy tutu for a wardrobe of pima jerseys in brooding purples. Her social insouciance gave way to a new anxiety about 3rd grade classroom cliques. Toads [...]

    Vagrants Invade Vacant House; Neighbors Grow Frustrated

    Imagine living next door to a vacant house, thinking you do not have anything to worry about because the house is empty. Many of us recently found out this was not the case in our neighborhood, until we signed up with a website called NextDoor.com. This website has helped neighbors in our subdivision become aware [...]

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