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arrivals and departures

Departures and Arrivals

Caring humans and an electronic device save a man from cardiac arrest. The mid-January morning began like dozens of others we’d experienced. My longtime partner, Dick Schmidt, and I rose on the island of Kauai,...
love thy neighbors

Love Thy Neighbors

A lightly edited excerpt from East Sacramento’s Nextdoor neighborhood website. Day 1 Patti, River Park: My friend’s daughter has been hearing a cat crying for 3-4 days. She finally figured out it was up in a...

Shots Fired

Four p.m., the second Thursday of a new school year, barely September on the campus I’ve considered mine for more than a quarter century. I sit in my new office in the new Student...

Best Beaches in Hawaii

TO ALL SACRAMENTANS WHO LOVE HAWAII: ADVICE ABOUT THE ISLANDS’ BEST BEACHES. The first time I walked Kaiolohia Beach on the island of Lana’i, better known as Shipwreck Beach, even in the cool of morning,...

Digging Into Hawaii

Say the word Hawaii to most mainlanders, and it instantly summons images of palm trees and golden sand, gentle waves and hula. All that and more lives in the middle of the Pacific Ocean,...

Essay: Ten Laps by Moonlight

The summer moon illuminates a former synchronized swimmer as she takes a dip. On a hot August night, I head for the pool. It's nearly the end of my summer swimming regimen; before the month...

Essay: Embracing Fog

It's January and the pea soup is upon us. Read how one local citizen copes. Back in my younger years, I had a boyfriend who, for a time, resided in a vintage Airstream on...

Hawaiian Eye Poppers

We're the kind of people our friends love to hate. They regularly ask, When are you going to Hawaii? and when we say, next month or even next year, they often give us&emdash;as Hawaiian...


Eat Farm to Fork
Eat Farm to Fork