Category Archives: View from the Road

Wandering thoughts.

Flowers

I got to the botanical garden during peak dahlia season. The banks of lush blooms, looking like time-frozen fireworks, have benches interspersed so you can sit and rest your feet after you’ve walked down from the terrace, through the first … Continue reading

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MCWC 2021 Finished Up

Another conference is in the books. Like last year’s, this conference was online. Like last year’s this worked pretty well for me. It worked better for me in one respect; I participated online from a room at the Alegria Inn … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #18: Backing out of Lockdown

The second quarter of 2020 was stressful for me. There was a highly contagious, life-threatening virus making the rounds, and absolutely zero national response. We had a president who openly lied about the seriousness, often making things up on the … Continue reading

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The Virus Collaborator

There’s an eatery in Mendocino Village whose owner took pride in preventing his employees, or customers, from wearing face coverings during the long months we’re been facing the novel coronavirus. In the early stages of the pandemic he put up … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #17: Litter

More and more people are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. It’s starting to show in many ways. There are more people on the sidewalks, more traffic, more people going to the coast or taking trips. And face masks are … Continue reading

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Small Plates

Brian Fies once used the term “tapas” for a blog post that contained a number of unrelated topics. I’m stealing the idea. Please enjoy a sample of tidbits today. We put a helicopter on Mars, and it flies! I’m reading … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #16: Full Immunity

Today is the day my one-and-done J&J jab reaches peak immunity. I don’t feel any different, but I’m happy about it. J&J is having some trouble because of the rare clotting effect. While I am not in the age group, … Continue reading

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Notional Space

A couple of weeks ago I headed down to the farmers market. I walked through the covered walkway that separates a row of shops from the large bank on the corner, and turned left by the noodle restaurant as I … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #13: Writing in Laundromats

This should be titled, “The Way We Lived Then.” In the Before Times, I’d sometimes to go a laundromat and write. Sometimes it was out of necessity. On vacation, I’d need to do a load of laundry. The sound of … Continue reading

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Farmers Market Dinner

Last Sunday, after I got a gigantic head of Napa cabbage, I stopped at the Franco Brothers sausage booth and bought the Calabrese sausage, which is pretty peppery and spicy. I asked if it went well with cabbage. “Let me … Continue reading

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