Since Tassajara Springs Fire has our attention, let’s talk about Fire Monks, the book written by Colleen Morton Busch, about the Tassajara Five, the five monks who remained onsite at Tassajara, the oldest Zen Buddhist monastery in California, nestled within backcountry south of Carmel Valley, to battle the 2008 Basin Complex fire. “On June 21,… Read More Tassajara: Fire Monks
In my never-ending search for writings on the Coast Road, I discovered this little book that documents the people who moved to the Mattole and Eel watersheds, the “Mateel,” located in southern Humboldt County (SoHum). Twenty-three individual narratives intertwine to tell the stories of settlement, stereotyping of hippies, rednecks, loggers, straights, and the rowdy bikers,… Read More Whatever Happened to the Hippies?
After reading Where The Road Begins, I wonder why I’ve never seen on cars of Big Sur residents’, bumper stickers protesting, “To Hell With Ansel Adams!” The author of Where The Road Begins, Peter Gray Scott, is a resident of the Oakland Hills, born and raised in Berkeley, and educated at Stanford. Mr. Scott is… Read More Where The Road Begins by Peter Gray Scott
While Holly’s Honey Wheat Berry Bread dough rises in my warm kitchen, let me tell you of a good book about the California coast which provides three things: Intimate Authenticity of the place, a History about how and why people settled at that location, and snippets of Experiences with the Coast Road. My Nepenthe, by Romney… Read More My Nepenthe by Romney Steele
The botanist told us “over by Davis Lumber, between house furnishings and plumbing, there’s a Grecian laurel growing – not much smell, but that’s the one that poets wore. Now California laurel’s not a laurel It can drive off bugs or season a sauce, and it really clears your sinus if you take a way… Read More California Laurel by Gary Snyder
1 A California song, A prophecy and indirection, a thought impalpable to breathe as air, A chorus of dryads, fading, departing, or hamadryads departing, A murmuring, fateful, giant voice, out of the earth and sky, Voice of a mighty dying tree in the redwood forest dense. Farewell my brethren, Farewell O earth and sky, farewell… Read More “Song of the Redwood-Tree” by Walt Whitman
This is the tale of two Fradkins: 1. Philip Fradkin 1974 and 2011 2. Philip Fradkin, father and Alex Fradkin, his son. Philip and Alex have published The Left Coast – California On The Edge, written by Philip, with accompanying photos taken by Alex. The two have spent the past five years writing about, and snapping… Read More The Golden Left Coast on the Edge
Twelve years ago Paul (Pike) Seeger joined Seger & Strauss. He’s handled a bunch of high-profile pro bono cases and was twice elected President of the National Bar Association. Pike taught Constitutional Law and Trial Practice at both USC and UCLA law. He’s filed some big-time lawsuits, made national headlines during the seventies as a litigator,… Read More Gaviota by Erik O’Dowd