John Bowman

Bravery in battling the blazes

We were coming home with our friends Robert and Janie from a memorable vacation in Seattle and British Columbia when we got the call that our neighborhood was on fire. Our f ...

Shooting for the moon

Okay, so I didn’t get excited about the Great American Eclipse. I think I was the only person I know who was blasé about this phenomenon.  My partner, Vale ...

Another View: Why the tie?

One of my favorite benefits about retirement is that I don’t have to wear a necktie every day. For most of my working days – 50 years in all – on every wee ...

Another View: Lasting memories from family reunion

So here’s the thing about family reunions; they end too abruptly. We should be able to bring everyone home with us – all the grown kids and their spouses, the grandkid ...

Another View: Look to the redwood tree for the power of collaboration

   I recently learned of an underground communications system that has nothing to do with fiber optics or wireless technology. It has been humming under our feet for as l ...

Another View: Joys of aging — watching the diet and blood pressure

   As my 80th birthday approaches next month, my health — how I eat and exercise — has become a priority. Thoughts about my mortality show up in dream symboli ...

Another View: Bonding with grandson at a hockey game

   It had been nearly 50 years since the last time I saw a hockey game. That was a Blackhawks game in Chicago, when I lived in Illinois.    Now, here I was in ...

Another View: Let’s preserve and enjoy our treasured American River Canyon

   Conservation is a cause that has no end. We can never say “Our work is finished.”  – Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring    My ...

Another View: Celebrating the glories of young, local poets

I once had a university colleague, an English professor, who could recite the first line of 100 poems from memory. We often challenged her to keep her honest and she never ceased ...

Another View: ‘Fake news’ has an Orwellian resonance

All this talk of “fake news” seemed bad enough. Then came Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway referring to “alternative facts.” She was talking on Meet Th ...

Another View: ‘Bravo!’ to Placer High School drama performers

Being involved in speech and drama competition and plays rescued my self-esteem from the gutter when I was in high school back in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. I was a driftless and diffiden ...

Reader Input: What you may not know about Alexander Hamilton

While some folks have paid $350 for nosebleed seats to see Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway, I got a free glimpse of the show the other day at our church, Sierra Foothills ...

Another View: Bumper stickers I have known and liked

A boss of mine at an Illinois newspaper back in the ‘70s wrote an editorial he titled “Bumper Sticker Mentality.” In it, he scolded people who plastered their car ...

Another View: Visit to the Laundromat reveals uncelebrated virtues

When I was a sportswriter starting my newspaper career at age 19, money was so tight we couldn’t afford a washer or dryer. For that matter, we couldn’t afford to rent a ...

Another View: Ouch! When that ornery back pain is back again

   Friends and family members all around me have suffered from back ailments over the years and while I empathized with them, I secretly felt a bit smug about having such ...