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Experiences in a burn unit: ‘Walking among the wounded’

There’s a memory that I’ve rarely shared and I’ve never written. Not because I lost it or forgot about it, but because it’s so graphic I thought it needed a ...

We can’t wait 7-10 years for wildfire control

It’s so obvious that Robert Weygandt’s statement of necessity for thinning California’s forests is completely valid (Another View, Journal Nov. 29). It could make ...

Brains, butterflies, and December rains

Does it hurt a caterpillar to become a butterfly? Imagine your fully human self attaching to a branch, shedding your skin to reveal a chrysalis, tucking up, breaking down to cell l ...

Barbershop, singers, donations, banjo, Handel

At Tre Pazzi a week ago, Don and I sat next to Jo An Loop and Auburn Host Lion Bob Hostler (on AAUW’s Trivia Bee team last March!) and their grandson Ben Alesci. They were ce ...

Single, divorced or widowed? Tips for managing finances as you get older

One of the things that I enjoy about being a financial advisor is meeting a diverse range of people with different financial circumstances and challenges. Not everyone is married a ...

Serving elf duty during Colfax’s Winterfest

I never thanked my neighbor Sue for coaxing me to join the Friends of the Colfax Library shortly after Jim and I moved to the foothills 14 years ago. Too late I learned that member ...

Decide to solve a solvable problem

Over the years, I have been urged more than once to stop complaining. Some people tell me if I can’t say anything polite or pleasing or agreeable, I should shut up. Some peop ...

Remembering Norton and the age of emperors

Time Traveler: One of the first rules I learned as a traveling door to door salesman many years ago has been my “credo lo” these many years. This rule has led me to ma ...

Let’s work together across party lines to reduce fire danger

There are things yet to learn about the devastation brought by the Camp Fire, but this much we do know. The fire will have destroyed over 14,000 structures, burned over 150,000 acr ...

Bonds undergo a storm in recent weeks

For the second time in as many years, conservative investors holding bonds were sweating bullets and seeing red in balances as bonds tanked a few weeks back. This also means intere ...

Getting beneath the surface of problems that cause homelessness

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. …”   — Matthew 25:35 ...

Art, cigarettes, trivia, photos, fashion, music

I focus most of Gold Country Denizens in and around Auburn, but a while ago I visited Mokelumne Hill — also gold country. In the Petroglyphe Gallery, I chatted with artist/co ...

Election 2018: More of the same for California

Unlike 2016, there were few surprises in the recent election. Area Republicans can celebrate the reelection of Congressman Tom McClintock. I am pleased Republicans retain control o ...

2018 Midterm election results: Reflections on 21st century America’s future

First, before I comment on the recent election, here’s a quick summary of the results since many folks don’t follow politics that closely: At the national level Democra ...

Let’s focus on ‘human scale,’ while working on fire threat

Many times people ask me why I write so often about fire — especially fire in our wildlands.  Sadly, I have only to point to the tragedy still unfolding in Paradise, Mag ...