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  • Shitholes and profiles in cowardice

    “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” —Martin Luther King Jr. This past week has made it crystal clear that on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day we live in a nation of cowards....
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  • Me at 30, she at 30

    Today, I reach a major life milestone: a Big Birthday, one that ends in “0.” But not mine. My daughter’s. And that makes it ever so much bigger. My baby is turning 30! My youngest! How can this be! Cognitive dissonance rattles my brain. I’m...
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  • I’m not un-American, my government is.

    I’ve never been anti-American, though I’ve certainly been accused of it. Our beautiful and diverse country has accomplished exceptional things, plays residence to remarkable landscapes, and contributes (yet is not sole contributor) to a parcel of the globe’s most beautiful language in defense of human...
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  • Run Towards US

    This will be wholly unpopular, but, you know… so were rubber thongs for a while and now everyone wears them to the beach. Flip flop thongs, not panty thongs. I don’t think Oprah should run for President. Before you go all fuck you on me,...
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  • French Borderlands – Reflections on community and food

    An obscure area of France bordering Italy, about 50 miles north of Nice, has been in the news because refugees arriving in Italy, wanting to get to France and beyond, have taken to a difficult inland route — north, then crossing over the mountains south...
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  • Skin art

    Whenever I’m asked if I would be interested in receiving a tattoo, my stock, truthful response is, “I can’t even commit to a couch.” However, I appreciate the art, history, and stories behind them. Enter Mr. G and Madame Chinchilla, proprietors of the Triangle Tattoo...
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  • Ravioli-rosemary soup

      This is a simple soup recipe born one cold day shortly after the Thomas fire. I call it my “healing soup.” I had a few leftover things in the refer (green beans) and fresh rosemary from my herb garden, then I went to the...
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  • Oh, the evil roundabout…

    Not since the much-dreaded Burger King reared its weirdly disturbing crowned head on Grant Avenue have Winters residents been this enraged. People are pissed. Step aside, downtown hotel with no on-site parking and stupid piebald beaver — there’s a new Big Issue in town, and...
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  • It’s my opportunity to take over

    I figure it’s the perfect time for me to take over the Winters Express! Perfect! I picked up the paper this morning, well it was actually this afternoon because I slept until 12:45 p.m. Anyway, right there on the front page was the headline, “Charley...
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