Humboldt hen homies

A friend of mine … I’ll call her “Lynette” and I had a touch of … Read more

Climbing up in age shouldn’t involve a ladder

Scientists recently determined the three most dangerous things to man are nuclear war, killer robots … Read more

A sad day

A former student sent me an email this week, and it hurt. It hurt the … Read more


Sometimes you just need to get out of Dodge. In my hometown in Colorado, you … Read more

Legislation from the Dark Side perhaps the last straw

When my wife and I go out to eat, we like to tear off the … Read more

On a slow boat from China

My new musical instrument sound is ‘da bomb’

I’ve been waiting many weeks for some items I ordered off the internet. I must … Read more

Living dangerously in the land of great beer

At the liquor store Sunday, dropping half my pay on a bottle of bourbon, I … Read more

Karma can be a good thing

A long, long time ago, I was explaining to my daughter how karma works. It … Read more

Off the Beat: Marijuana illegal again

A thousand years ago, when I went off to college, marijuana use peaked among American … Read more

Guarding the couch against flying laundry and muddy dogs

It’s one of the most heart-wrenching questions a married couple will ever face: Buy a … Read more

Engineering a high-tech litter box

I made a new friend — I’ll call her … Angela — in the rest … Read more

Who wouldn’t want to be a Congressman?

Hey everybody! I’m going to run for U.S. Congress. Why? Why not? I’d only have … Read more

Weighing mail in the pot shop

If you saw me the other night duck into a pot shop, don’t go worrying … Read more

Off the Beat: Property prices in Brookings

I was sitting in a motel breakfast area with a friend in Arcata listening to … Read more

Right-handed whales and the search for margaritas

It’s winter whale-watching season, when thousands of gray whales decide to leave the bone-chilling waters … Read more

Life, liberty and the pursuit of Christmas lights

Tongue-Tied & Twisted

I can’t believe it. I’ve been doing something horrible at Christmas time all these years. … Read more

Cutting a tree

After spending eight hours at my mother’s house extricating ornaments and decor from boxes I’d … Read more

Flat Earth theory goes flat

I was so looking forward to blowing up a good factoid. In a nutshell, a … Read more

The things we do for our pets

You think you ate a tad too much this holiday gorging season? I know of … Read more

Off the Beat: Remembering a Scout leader by hiking the forest

Last summer, as my fiance, Jessie, and I moved to Brookings, we planned a visit … Read more

Remembering a Scout leader by hiking the forest

Last summer, as my fiance, Jessie, and I moved to Brookings, we planned a visit … Read more

4-words to ruin the feast

I saw a thread on social media yesterday that had me crying in laughter, followed … Read more

A 17-year adventure at the helm comes to an end

I was walking up Chetco Avenue in downtown Brookings the other day when a motorist … Read more

For want of a bell pepper

What I now know about taking in the harvest, prepping food and canning veggies is … Read more

Why are the strange gifts for me?

We journalists receive some of the most interesting, uh, “gifts” from our readers — some … Read more

The art of curling, curly fries and hair

The sun might be getting up late and going to bed early these days, but … Read more

Hand me the rake, I’m going into battle

It’s autumn. Which means it’s time for ... Fall colors? Cooler weather? Pumpkins? Nah. It’s … Read more

Chicken massacre at the ranch

I’ve been watching the Game of Thrones recently, so Sunday night, when I was off … Read more

A rockabilly wedding

As you read this, my next-door neighbors and I — and many others in town … Read more

Farewell flip phone, it was nice while it lasted

On the desk before me sits a black, palm-sized flip phone, its battery power dwindling, … Read more

Canning it all at once

Now that I have mastered (translation: sort of understand) the art of pressure canning, I’ve … Read more

Navigating the speed bumps of life

Yesterday, my daughter was in elementary school. Today, she’s in high school. Just like that! … Read more

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