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Single Tree: a collection of stories (R.V. Schmidt) reviewed by Fran Ransley

WHAT MAKES REAL MEN TICK? When I was a college student back in the 1960s, my roommate and I decided, after a series of disappointing love affairs, that we were going to study men and try to figure out what made them tick. We were tired of the insipid frat boys and wimpy intellectuals. We […]

It’s all happening at the Lake (County, that is)

I have a wonderful set of friends who I make sure to visit when I'm in Lake County. Daniel Holland is my chauffeur and host. He takes me back and forth to the Sacramento airport--about a 2 hours drive. Now that's a friend! I caught a break in the weather--paradise. We ate on Daniel's front […]

Facebook Collard Convention: a virtual kitchen table talk

Facebook as a tool for micro blogging makes an interesting research project. Which status updates (posts) will evoke response? Recently I was completely overtaken by surprise when I shared this recipe for Sweet Collard Greens that I stumbled upon that afternoon right at my stove. Since everyone agreed, here is the exchange below. I learned […]

Lake County’s Finest: Artists, Writers, Visionaries, Activists

Visiting with old friends (and all of us are getting older!) is one of life's greatest pleasures. During my Lake County visit in Northern California I found refreshment and inspiration in over half dozen artists, writers, peace activists, and environmental visionaries. The usual Northern California mix. Lake County is three hours north of San Franciso […]

Generations of Poetic Heritage: “Influence” by Anna Riehl, my grandmother

Last year on April 1st, I gave a talk for the Poet Laureate of Lake County Reading. Sandra Wade became Poet Laureate of the county with Fran Ransley and me as finalists. We read in Lakeport, Northern California, at the Lake County Arts Council on Main Street. The entire text of my reading is available […]

Daniel Holland Celebrates Art Star Nomination at Stars of Lake County, California

The stars came out full force Sunday night to celebrate a decade of Stars of Lake County. Amid a packed house of several hundreds, we were there, up front, in spitting distance of the stage. Ours was the Arts Table. To celebrate my sweetheart's Daniel Holland's Art Star of Lake County nomination we gathered together […]

Comedy on Tilt Slides into Fourth Year

"When you see the world on tilt rather than straight on, then you see the humor in the situation." --Daniel Holland For years Daniel Holland, my sweetheart, dreamed of an old-fashioned comedy variety review show for Lake County, here in Northern California. My slogan is, "If you can dream, you can do." In 2004, then, […]