Across Miles and Borders: Ripple Effect

(July 15, 2021) By Iridian Casarez We had just finished eating our plates of mole Poblano and rice when my abuelita began telling us of her recent month-long trip to Mexico. She began...

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Across Miles and Borders: A Friendship, Vaccination and Worry

(July 15, 2021) Coming from a long line of people who leave the towns and countries where we were born, I've always been comfortable with separation (the exception being my husband, without whom,...

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David's Out

(June 24, 2021) The first time I walked inside Pelican Bay State Prison I met David Nguyen. He was one of the first two graduates (along with Larry Vickers) to earn their...

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Playing On

Good Company through loss and lockdown

(April 22, 2021) In the old days, when the band was four people strong and the coronavirus was a distant nightmare waiting to happen, any Wednesday evening would find Good Company at rehearsal,...

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Saving the Discovery Museum

(February 25, 2021) Wednesday afternoon was their scheduled weekly supervised visit with their mom; every week they'd come into the same room with the same books and toys, while I sat on an...

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Living Tiny in Turbulent Times

(February 18, 2021) Our life is frittered away by detail ... Simplify, simplify. — Henry David Thoreau I lived in my first tiny house — so to speak — in the mid-1980s when...

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Please Don't Cry in the Big Girl's Store

(December 10, 2020) When I was around 10 years old, my mother decided we should have swimming lessons. It was a good decision; in 1992, the Mattole River was still deep and swift...

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For Gerrianne Schulze, Died Aug. 22, 2020

(October 15, 2020) I met Gerrianne through a picture taken on a camera loaned to someone for a birthday party in the summer of 2015. That fall I looked over a pot of...

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