A death in the family

It's late July, almost August. And I am still, like many others I know, trying to come to grips with the fact that on the 7th of May, in London, a man named Ray Harryhausen died.

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The white mantis

I see another beautiful, old tree is suddenly gone from my street.

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America under the gun

"The right to buy weapons is the right to be free."

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Unsanctioned midnight sidewalk urban poetry howl

There are many forms of entertainment here in San Francisco. And those shows, those theaters sanctioned by officialdom, are not the end of the story.

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The Newstalk Haters

Without question, the nation is undergoing a broad change in the nature of politics and the structure of representation in our traditional democracy.

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A tree grew in San Francisco

San Francisco, where I live, is a city with many cosmopolitan aspects.

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The election over? Not hardly...

I've been discouraged, if not surprised, to see so many postings expressing relief that "the election is finally over."

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Save the 'tree lobsters' hiding on Ball's Pyramid!

I have hopes that the better angels of our nature as a species will prevail.

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The Bee Man of Union Square, NY

Recently on a Fall day in Manhattan, I found myself at the Farmer's Market at Union Square. For a few blocks the white tents of the vendors make an arcade where one can stroll, browse and shop.

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The Deadly Desert of Burning Man

I go to Burning Man each year, and I went this year.

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We Are All Hillbillies Now

I blame sportscasters, mostly.

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Rhetorical Address to Gun-loving Bunker Hunkerers

So it's happened again.

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Voyage to see what's on the bottom

I am perplexed that as I scan the news, not more has been made of an amazing event that took place about three months ago. Amazing because of what happened-- something never done before in human history.

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The endurance of Ray Bradbury

At his death at age 92, Ray Bradbury's status as an American writer is assured.

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Monster Kid Chronicles Part 3

It had started when packages of Universal Pictures' horror films were released to TV stations, in those pre-video, pre-cable, pre-digital days. To see something then you had to wait for it to come on. I still remember the excitement we felt.

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