A gun in the top drawer

When I was the editor of The Oakland Tribune back in the 1990s I kept a loaded Glock in my top drawer. I take issue with the blanket news reports that the Annapolis shooting at the Capital Gazette, which killed four journalists and an employee, was a “surprise, a shock.” Newspapers in the ‘90s — and even more so […]

Children and parents

When I was in my late 30s, I started to want to have a baby. My husband and I talked to our doctor, who said I should stay off birth control pills for three months to let those hormones get out of my system. We used condoms for a while, but at three months, we […]

The Alternative Universe

Living in California among mostly fellow Democrats, lately I’ve felt like I’m on Puerto Rico. That’s “an island, surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water,” according to our president. Thanks for the geography lesson! Um, would that be the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean? Or is there another ocean? Maybe we can get to that later. […]

Rats are just the first part of the problem we face

Speaking as the self-appointed president of my hometown – my amazing, admirable, woodsy little un-incorporated town in the redwoods of Northern California – speaking as the president, I think we need to call a stop to this whole Norway rat invasion. It’s a HUGE problem. Huge. They’re everywhere. They’re in our basements, in our attics and mainly […]

We’re All the Same. People are People.

It’s not just some white Americans who are phobic and/or racist. Much of the world feels the same way about “their own.” It’s easy to fall into complacency, of sorts, or put on blinders, when confronted with people not like ourselves. Many years ago, while in the Peace Corps, I stopped by a remote stream […]