and another thing

Congratulating those people who speak up

As I drove home the day before July 4, the traffic was heavy on I-80 going up the hill – everybody getting out of Dodge to join everybody else getting out of Dodge. Anyway. A ...

My message to the graduates

Last Wednesday night, I postponed puzzling over what I’d write for today and watched TV with Don. I had some ideas percolating (Politics? Big box stores? Graduation speech?), ...

Investigating where we’ve been

Art Sommers emailed me because he had old movie stuff to get rid of. Was I interested? Me? Old movie stuff? What a question. Sure, I said. Great, he said, and suggested that he and ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

It’s been over a month since I’ve talked about books. So now I get to again! John Bowman emailed me a while ago, and I’m just now remembering to include him. &l ...

Rufus T. Firefly and Jefferson

So the phone rang at 2 a.m. In my fog of sleep, I knew it was probably Rufus T. Firefly. But what if it wasn’t? What if someone was in trouble? I’d never forgive myself ...

Of books and other news

Last time I wrote about what my book group did at our holiday meeting — we brought favorite books and traded them. And I asked what others are reading and loving lately. I ...

Celebrating books in the new year

How better to start off 2015 than with a book column? What a delicious idea. I’m interested in your suggestions for 2015, so give me some. Meanwhile, I report on how my boo ...

Time for your Christmas gifts

Goodness. Twenty years ago (20! I’m impressed and amazed) I began my toasty tradition of giving you Christmas presents in the column that appears right before Dec. 25. I kn ...

More work needs to be done

On Sept. 21, 1981, I was in San Luis Obispo, meeting with a group of women in a classroom on the Cal Poly campus. I ordinarily wouldn’t remember the day or the place except t ...

It’s Thanksgiving, ready or not

You don’t need me to tell you that Thanksgiving is next week. We all know it, and we all know that it’ll be here before I’m ready for it. Even though I’ve h ...

These young people make a difference

I recently interviewed Thomas Schroeder on my ACTV show. The Placer High science teacher wore a T-shirt promoting blood donation. My T-shirt trumpeted that I’ve donated ten g ...

Our vaction: Going where no one else wants to

Was it my tone of voice or my facial expression? I tried to keep both neutral. But whenever anyone heard where my husband Don and I were going, I got looks of either tolerance or p ...

Celebrating the soon-to-be ordinary

Last March, three members of the Placer branch of PFLAG joined me on my Auburn Community Television show. PFLAG stands for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual a ...

Lucky, wise, or selfish?

Over lunch, Gloria, Robin and I discussed the idea of selfishness. What is it, why is it wrong, is it wrong, what’s the opposite of selfish, is there a word that means selfis ...

Reader Input: Rushton column offers comfort

How comforting is Susan Rushton’s column of Sept. 14: (“More than one meaning of literate,” And Another Thing). I have been a fan of her articles and writing for ...