Big White Cloud

(April 11, 2024) No, we didn't get a proper eclipse last Monday, but I still found a momentary pulse beat of Satori from a gliding collision of outside sources, and that's good enough...

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Reap the Wild Wind

(April 4, 2024) Well, April is here, "breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain," according to the poet T.S. Eliot in one of...

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Down with the Sickness

(March 28, 2024) I'm going to be brief here because I'm recovering from some kind of minor crud. Looking through my recent history for possible disease vectors, from out-of-town visitors to a few...

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He Was a Friend of Mine

(March 21, 2024) The Ides of March came last Friday, some 2060-plus years since mighty Caesar got smoked, and we lost our little king. I am talking about my partner and I putting...

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When the Springtime Comes Again

(March 14, 2024) Spring is coming back, which means we've pushed through two human-made hurdles in which I have little interest: the Oscars and Daylight Savings time. To the latter I say pick...

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Hybrid Moments

(March 7, 2024) Belarius, the exiled lord and soldier who stole and raised the sons of the British pagan King Cymbeline in the play of the same name, is certain of a kind...

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Weakness is a Thing Called Man

(February 29, 2024) The early 17th century Christian mystic Jacob Boehme, whom Hegel called "the first German Philosopher," wrote about the paradox of the human mind trying to hear the voice of God,...

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Honeysuckle Rose

(February 22, 2024) I've been watching old movies and listening to even older songs lately — no surprise there —mostly dipping into the early British career of Alfred Hitchcock and the tunes of...

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Near Wild Heaven

(February 15, 2024) In her 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery tells us of a particularly earnest and yearning moment in her eponymous heroine's youth: "It wouldn't matter if I got...

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Heaven or Las Vegas

(February 8, 2024) I'm making myself laugh imagining the story of a man who manages to completely ruin his life in next week's pummeling four-day gauntlet of Super Bowl Sunday, Mardi Gras, Ash...

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See No Evil

(February 1, 2024) A funny thing happened the other day. I was sitting in my truck, birdwatching at the slough and thinking about really nothing much other than the overflowing banks, and an...

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Dry the Rain

(January 25, 2024) I've been enjoying the frantic back and forth between the flood days and warm sun days, so I haven't really paid much attention to January slipping by. Which is unfortunate...

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Campfire Headphase

(January 18, 2024) Regular readers of this space know that I tend to eulogize a lot, and lately I've taken an interest in promoting the life's work of people who left the land...

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On the Tundra

(January 11, 2024) As I have mentioned since the arrival of winter, this season has a lot of dead nights on the calendar of live entertainment. However, even a leafless tree or dead...

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People Like Us

(January 4, 2024) I hope you all landed on the other side of the year safely, with minimal damage to yourself as well as any municipal structures, especially fire hydrants. I stayed in...

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Father and Child Reunion

(December 28, 2023) As a fan of editorial cartoons from years long gone, I can assure you that few themes survive the incomprehensible gulf of time's effect on human culture and meaning other...

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Nativity

(December 21, 2023) I didn't mention it at the time because I had other things in mind, but one of the greatest Irish songwriters of all time, Shane MacGowan, dying in the same...

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New Moon Fever

(December 14, 2023) I don't attribute much of human behavior to the far-out celestial bodies in our solar system. Credit that to a rebellious streak I'm employing against my now-deceased parents who met...

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Silent Nights

(December 7, 2023) It's no secret that our nightlife, bountiful as it may be for an area as remote as Humboldt County, ebbs and flows. Especially this time of year, when the holidays...

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Big Beat Bonanza

(November 30, 2023) It occurred to me during this year's Best of Humboldt voteing that I hadn't been putting enough thought into the trending directions of our local music scene. Blame it on...

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Music Tonight: Wednesday, April 17

(April 17, 2024) Let’s hear it for the Logger Bar again, which has positively crushed it with booking this week, finishing strong with the return of Jenny Don’t and the Spurs, Portland’s...

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Music Tonight: Monday, April 15

(April 15, 2024) The Logger Bar hits us with a rare Monday night show at 7:30 p.m. and this one looks like a rip-snortin’, garage-rockin’ deal with our local lovelies Clean Girl and...

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Music Tonight: Sunday, April 14

(April 14, 2024) Minnesota bluesman, picker, and singer-songwriter Charlie Parr is the real deal, by which I mean an artist who has sublimated the nerve-ending feedback signals of his life and the lives...

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