Politics

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

Why I Support Bernie Sanders for President

    (An excerpt follows from the keynote speech at the kickoff rally for Bernie Sanders on July 29 at the Grange in small town Sebastopol, attended by 180 people.  Half a dozen other house gatherings occurred elsewhere in Sonoma County, Northern California, with the one in Graton village drawing 55 people. Over 3,000 such […]

California’s North Coast Wine Industry: How “Sustainable” Is It?

California’s North Coast Wine Industry: How “Sustainable” Is It?

(Sonoma County, California) Sonoma County Winegrowers bought an expensive, full-page, color ad, using tax dollars, in the July 12 daily Santa Rosa Press Democratand in various weeklies, such as the North Bay Bohemian and Sonoma West. The ad ignited a firestorm of protest with angry letters to editors and online comments from the community storming […]

Dr. Mimi Poinsett Schools Surgeon General on Mental Health Crisis

Dr. Mimi Poinsett Schools Surgeon General on Mental Health Crisis

Expats Post friend and follower, Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett, received a tweet this morning from the U.S. Surgeon General on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in “extending preventative #MentalHealth services, making progress”. However, Dr. Mimi was having none of it. Instead, with a flutter of responding tweets, she schooled the U.S. Surgeon General on the state […]

Secrets of the Tudor Age Seers

Secrets of the Tudor Age Seers

Today, it is my pleasure to welcome Nancy Bilyeau to my Fear and Loathing in Tudor England blog. If you love all things Tudor, you will love these posts. Have a look around to see what else Nancy has contributed to the blogs. You’ll also find articles by Alison Weir, Susan Bordo, Adrienne Dillard, The […]

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Wine Empire Replaces Redwood Empire

Northern California’s Sonoma County has been known historically as part of the natural Redwood Empire. Wine industry lobbyists re-branded it as the commercial “Wine Country.” Its economy has been so colonized by outside investors, who extract water and resources from the environment and export them, that re-branding would be appropriate. A more accurate description would […]

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors At Apple Blossom School Meeting

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors At Apple Blossom School Meeting

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors at Apple Blossom School Meeting By Shepherd Bliss (1500 words) Apple Blossom School has a nice ring to it, as does the Orchard View School at its side. The nearby Tree House Hollow pre-school, with children as young as two and three years old, continues this […]

Rural Rebellion in Northern California

Rural Rebellion in Northern California

Rural folk from four Northern California counties came in mid-April to a magical juncture where the life-giving Russian River empties into the majestic Pacific Ocean. Though the small, unincorporated village of Jenner is a popular recreational destination, pleasure was not the intention. Our mission was to preserve agrarian lifestyles and environments from further colonization by […]

Better Part of Valor

Better Part of Valor

      www.inavyn.org “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”  John F. Kennedy “Eastward and westward storms are breaking,–great, ugly whirlwinds of hatred and blood and cruelty. I will not believe them […]

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