Oldylocks and the 3,000 Stairs

Back to college as a full-ass adult

(February 1, 2018) If anything was to dispel my notion of being a young person who deserved some kudos for "adulting," it was going back to Humboldt State University at 37. Compared to...

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(January 18, 2018) I grew up in rural Maine in the 1960s. We lived a couple of miles outside of town. When I finished grammar school and prepared to enter the seventh grade...

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A Year After the Women’s March

(January 18, 2018) Last year at this time, I was preparing for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. — crossing the country to don my “pussy hat” and raise my fist alongside...

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A Love Letter to Arcata High's Class of '87

(August 24, 2017) I am in a state of panic, deep-cleaning the refrigerator. I have also vacuumed the garage and deadheaded every petunia on the property. In a text this morning, I told...

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Bright Lights, Small Town

The annual allure of the county fair

(August 24, 2017) Growing up in Humboldt County, there was nothing more exciting than the day my parents would announce that we were going to the Fair. They would bundle us kids...

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The Fear: Karaoke

(April 13, 2017) Fear is exhausting. Constantly fighting, flying or freezing leaves me with nothing but fatigue. Everyone has fears and phobias, but I have so many: heights, drowning, clowns, abandonment, failure,...

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The Vagaries of Family Survival

Traveling tales along the river

(March 30, 2017) One of my favorite purveyors of family accounts was my great aunt Violet's treasured cousin Ramona. Back in the days of her spritely late 80s (she passed away when she...

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Still Standing: The legacy of Women's Grove

(March 16, 2017) The instant I stepped out of my car and into Women’s Grove, I was hit by the scent of rain-soaked earth and redwood bark — a smell that I will...

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Paddling Forward

The steady work of resistance

(March 2, 2017) With the smell of coffee wafting from a nearby restaurant, we place our paddle boards on the glassy surface of Humboldt Bay. Earlier that morning, my husband had woken me...

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A Starting Place: Resources to #Resist

(March 2, 2017) Here are the numbers Humboldt County residents need to call our representatives: Senator Dianne Feinstein Washington, D.C. Office: (202)224-3841 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510 San Francisco Office:...

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