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  • The times are not a’ changing

    Following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. asked white people to help register black voters in the South. Sherie Holbrook, a blonde 18-year-old freshman at University of California, Berkeley, answered the call. “I had never felt smothered by...
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  • Frankly, my dear

    I didn’t grow up in the South. My childhood was spent in a middle class suburb in Northern California. I didn’t meet any African Americans until high school, where there were exactly three African American students, one of whom was Barbara. Her locker was next...
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  • Universal heartbeat

    “Drums keep pounding rhythms to the brain …”  —  Sonny Bono The popularity of mainstream drummers over recent decades reflects our ancient connection to the instrument’s beat:  Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, DJ Fontana, Ginger Baker, Phil Collins, Mick Fleetwood, Dave Grohl, Lars Ulrich,...
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  • Goliath and the hemp industry

    Pop quiz! In the photographs below, one of the plants contributes to alcoholism, but another has healing properties. Can you identify them?   Answer: Photo on the top is an agave (tequila), the middle one is aloe, and the bottom one is a century plant....
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  • Eureka! California wine

    A cousin gifted me six bottles of homemade wine created by one of her Burning Man friends. There were a few varieties, including Cabernet, which I brought to my brother’s home for a family dinner. I really enjoyed it. I poured a little for my...
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  • Unusual camera angle

    “Why does she want to go to the Amazon? She can’t see!” my grandfather spurted out, looking a bit confused. We had just left the hospital, where I had taken him to visit Meg — a very dear, old friend who had been diagnosed with...
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  • Convicting domestic abuse crimes

    I was assisting an 88-year-old grandmother write her memoirs, when she quietly stated that her first husband was abusive, but she didn’t tell anyone because “abuse didn’t happen much back then.” I took her hand, so she would look at me, and I replied, “Yes,...
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  • Vintage books are magic portals to the past

      I was around six years old, bored and feeling down.  We were visiting my mother’s parents who lived a four hour drive away and as the first born, there was no one with whom to play. There weren’t even kids in the neighborhood my...
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  • Been around the mountain

    If you believe you’re living a monochromatic lifestyle, my podcast interview this week with 88-year-old Vern Jones may be the motivation you need to go out and try something different. He shares his experiences as a frogman (before they were called Navy Seals) during World...
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