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Calistoga Days

I first visited Calistoga on Christmas Day. Still reeling from being fired just days before, Kate, Jim and I drove from the horse ranch to Calistoga to have dinner at a Chinese restaurant. When you…

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Christmas Tree

A buddy of mine told me this story the other day: He went Christmas tree shopping for him and his family, found a tree he liked and just as he stretched out his hand to…


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The Ranch

A place where only the weather was honest: hot, bright days and cold, frosty nights; the grey-brown-green of the hillsides, the horses neighing and running in the paddocks, birds by day, stars by night, but…


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Third Time’s the Charm

I’ve written now a couple of times about a local park on a hillside, and my mistaken identification of turkey vultures as hawks. Well, ever since I realized that it was turkey vultures I was…


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NO QUARTERBACK, NO CHANCE

[ This was originally an e-mail to a buddy.) Sorry I missed your call; I’m guessing you called to hear my take on the new Chip Kelly-era 49ers. Well, it’s true they won 28-0 over…


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Kruk and Kuip

“On the ground. Gillaspie on the backhand. Gillaspie to Belt. One down…” The San Francisco Giants lead all of Major League Baseball in wins right now with a record of 57-33. They have won three…


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The Mixtape Version: Life in SF 1986-89

At the youth hostel, as the sun went down, we’d all hang out in the third floor kitchen with some wine or beer.  Jim would produce his boom box and we’d listen to the different…


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PARK THAT METAPHOR!

So I wrote a piece a couple of months ago, “A Park Bench” which revolved around a park I go to, the natural beauty of the park, and a park bench with a plaque that…


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THE COFFIN

When I lived in San Francisco in the ‘80s, we had a coffin in the living room of our Tenderloin apartment. With giant posters of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe on opposite walls (the twin…


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A PARK BENCH

There’s a park I go to—it’s about a ten-minute drive from my house. It’s on a hill or ridge overlooking the town, that I think is locally referred to (somewhat grandiosely) as a “mountain”. You…