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Black Oak Down

Black Oak Down

A loud, crashing sound startles my young farm-hand Emily Danler awake in the dark of the night. She camps out in order to start picking berries at sun-up. My dog, inside, barks. After a physically-demanding day farming, I sleep through it all. Looking down the boysenberry field to the bottom of Kokopelli Farm the next […]

A Second Chance – 25 Years Later

A Second Chance – 25 Years Later

  A “Second Chance,” after 25 years of absence and silence, was recently offered Shepherd by Assumpta. Her email arrived from Europe to his farm. We met in Barcelona in l988 and have had no contact during the last quarter of a century. I answered her email within 15 minutes of its sending, without thinking, […]

Dancing with Death at Death Cafes

Dancing with Death at Death Cafes

 “I have an appointment with death this evening,” I explained, smiling to friends upon leaving them. Their startled faces revealed feelings such as fear and a lack of understanding. While living in Mexico, their Day of the Dead became my favorite holiday. I especially liked celebrating it in traditional villages, like Tepotzlan. The whole town […]

By February 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
European Aristocracy in America

European Aristocracy in America

We were warned against this.  In fact, the founders of this country worked very hard to avoid such fates and put their advice on the record.  The ideas of equal protection and equal justice under the law are fundamental principles of this country.  Many people in history have fought, sweat, bled and died to establish […]

By January 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Andy Lopez Memorial Burned Down, Mother in White to Demonstrate January 7

Andy Lopez Memorial Burned Down, Mother in White to Demonstrate January 7

(Santa Rosa, California) In the dark, early hours of January 2, a fire destroyed the Andy Lopez Memorial. By that afternoon over two-dozen people were already rebuilding the Memorial, including neighbors and youth at the one-acre vacant lot where the 13-year-old Lopez was killed October 22 by sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus. Lopez was walking home […]

Mothers in White Demand Justice for Slain Teenager Andy Lopez

Mothers in White Demand Justice for Slain Teenager Andy Lopez

  (Santa Rosa, California) Christmas Eve is when many families gather to celebrate and exchange gifts. But what would you do when a beloved child of your immediate or extended family had been killed two months before? This Christmas Eve a committee of the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez met to plan a peaceful, dignified […]

By December 29, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Moral Injury: One Military Veteran Kills Teenager, Another Kills Himself

Moral Injury: One Military Veteran Kills Teenager, Another Kills Himself

Thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez was killed by sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22, as the boy walked home in a Latino neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California. The Iraq War veteran claims that he mistook the eighth-grader’s toy rifle for a real one. A month later another Army vet, Paul Duffy, took his own life nearby. […]

By December 11, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Paul Hobbs Wine Empire Strikes Back

The Paul Hobbs Wine Empire Strikes Back

(Sonoma County, California) The Watertrough Children’s Alliance (WCA)–mainly mothers with students at schools near where yet another apple orchard is being converted into a chemical vineyard–filed a lawsuit on the afternoon of November 25 against the Paul Hobbs Winery. The next day Hobbs struck back with a press release, promising he “will aggressively fight.” Hobbs […]

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