Tag Archive for ‘Northern California’

Torpedoes of Death Masquerade as Innocent Grass to Torture Dogs

I see foxtails. Everywhere. Hordeum murinum or “Hare Barley,” a non-native invader from Spain, grows in healthy, thick patches along the trails and in open spaces where people walk their dogs. What appears to be innocent, lush grass in early spring quickly develops into pesky, sometimes-lethal spiny seed-heads; little torpedoes ready to burrow into anything [...]

Fatal Traffic Collision at 273 and Canyon Road

On March 26, 2015 at 6:31 am, the Redding Police Department responded to a major injury traffic collision at SR273 and Canyon Road. Officers arrived on scene and determined two vehicles had collided in the intersection. One driver was transported to the hospital and the other driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. Traffic Investigators [...]

Mistress of the Mix: Honky Tonk Girl

I grew up in public radio. First, roaming the halls of KLCC in Eugene, Oregon, and later at KSOR in Ashland, which then became the Jefferson Public Radio you know (and hopefully listen to) today. At first I was accompanying my mother to work. Later I became a volunteer, and finally landed an actual paying [...]

Old Windows: Clearly, Many Uses

Bone yard:  Slang. an area where old or discarded ships, planes, etc., are collected prior to being broken-up for scrap, or otherwise disposed. Years ago, while on a job for a client at a window and glass shop, I noticed old windows piled in a heap, in the “bone yard” outside. Many of the windows [...]

Shasta Regional Medical Center Ranked 100 Top Hospitals in U.S. for the Third year in a Row

Shasta Regional Medical Center was just named for the third year in a row one of the nation’s 100 Top hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, based on several qualities of care metrics and patient satisfaction. Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality [...]

North State Live Music and Open Mics: March 25 – 31

Wednesday, March 25 Bernie Baker and Al Mires at Market Street Steakhouse in Redding at 6 p.m. All ages. (530) 241-1777. TBA at the Post Office Saloon in Redding at 6:30 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 246-2190. Maxwell’s Eatery in Redding has an open mic starting at 7 p.m. Hosted by Mark McAbee. All ages. (530) 247-7200. In Paradise, the “Open Mikefull” group hosts an open mic at the Paradise [...]

A Village Enigma

My Highland village is full of ‘incomers’ like me. I have found that some of them reinvent their past to create a history more interesting than the truth, and didn’t I miss my chance at that?! It never even occurred to me to embellish my past. I could truthfully say, for example, that I’ve sung [...]

The Road Hat

My brother is mildly famous around these parts for spotting stuff by the side of the road; dead animals mostly, rattlesnakes, deer, wild pigs, bear, but also tools, rope, money and once even a humongous rhino horn dildo. Occasionally he brings this stuff home. About three months ago he walked in the door and tossed [...]

Special Screening of The Good Lie Sponsored by Genocide No More—Save Darfur

Genocide No More—Save Darfur is sponsoring a special screening of The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon and a cast of South Sudanese actors at the Cascade Theatre in Redding on Friday, April 3 at 7:00 PM. The uplifting film, based on the true story of the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan, is an intimate [...]

Free Therapy # 58: To Make You Feel My Love

I had no right to take my mother for granted but I did it anyway. I knew she would die one day but I refused to think about it and even worse, I carefully concealed the fact of my avoidance from myself. That way I did not struggle. No conflict.

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