I am dismayed. In private communication with Colleen Toste I have come to realize that I was wrong in recommending that she be not re-elected. She cares deeply for the kids and for the schools, and my suggestion was just wrong. I have tried to right this wrong in a public way by sending a letter of apology to be published in this week's Journal. I was informed today that somehow that letter went astray and I did not make the deadline with my resubmission. Public comments need public apologies. I WAS WRONG! I am currently trying to get an ad in another paper, having missed the deadline for this paper. Who knows, I may have missed the deadline for that paper too? But, if you are reading this, and know a voter in the NHUHSD, please tell them i was wrong about Colleen. She cares, a lot. My apology needs to be as public as my original recommendation. Please share this, so that other NHUHSD voters can read it.
I think I owe an apology to Brian Stevens. In the article, Dan Johnson says that Brian is the one who urged him to run. It is clear that Dan doesn't know the difference between the truth and a lie, so, since that observation was not independently verified, it may not actually be a fact, but just Dan's opinion. My apologies. I should have done a little more analysis before blaming Brian. The fact remains that Dan can't tell the difference between the truth and a lie, and he doesn't belong on the Board.
Every time he opens his mouth, he makes the situation worse. He may be a nice guy to the people he considers to be his friends. I would NEVER hire him or his company to do a job for me. (Notice how, when reselling a house, people will advertise that it was built by Gene Callihan, or by John Van der Molen? NO ONE advertises their house was built by Danco!) He conveniently forgets everything that doesn't jibe with his personal vision of himself as he'd like to be perceived. Great. Tells lies. Believes them himself. That means he does not belong on the school board. My solution? Vote for the two challengers in the upcoming NHUSD election (coming to you in less than 4 weeks!), and Silvernale, who previously beat him. Make it so uncomfortable, 'cause his friends are missing from the Board, that he will leave. The new revelation for me from this article? It's all Brian Stevens' fault. What was he thinking???? (And yes, everyone I've ever heard talk about Dan mentions how delightfully wonderful his wife is. Everyone. Without fail. They don't say the same thing about Dan.)
I have successfully picked huckleberries for over 35 years. My biggest haul was the year I picked 48 quarts of cleaned berries over several weeks. This establishes my credentials as a successful berry picker. Your method of picking is a) damaging to the plant, and b) disrespectful of pickers who come after you. A FAR FRIENDLIER method of picking that is quite efficient is to "milk" the berries. You place a wide mouthed bucket underneath the branch you are picking, and hold onto that branch with the same hand you are using to hold the bucket. For right handed me, that's holding the bucket and branch with my left hand. Then, with your other hand (my right) place your palm under the branch, reach your fingers up, and gently massage the berries that are there. The ones that are ripe will fall into your hand, or just past your hand, and into the bucket. Yes, you will get a few leaves, some bugs, and some debris, along with a few green berries, but NOTHING like the process you describe. It is helpful to have a closed container with you, too, so that when you get over a quart of berries in your bucket, you can transfer them, and seal it up, and keep picking.
HOW TO CLEAN-- There are tricks for cleaning them that make that process much easier as well. First of all, salad spinners are a fabulous tool, but any strainer that fits inside of a large container will work. Place the berries into the strainer/spinner, and fill the container with water. The white berries (which contain a virus in common with blue berries, and should be carefully disposed of so as not to spread the virus, like the birds do) float, the leaves float, some of the bugs float. Skim them off. Throw them away. Lift the strainer up, dump the water, start over. Do this enough times that you no longer get debris, and are faced with a mass of clean purple berries and some green ones. You can either scoop them by the handful and sort, or take a cookie sheet, and put handfuls out, pull out the green ones, etc. This works, and works well. I am no longer the premier picker in my family, having aged out of that title, which now goes to my 6'3" son who can reach more berries, and has greater stamina than I now have. Have fun picking, and please don't promote practices that are damaging to this wonderful plant!
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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