MONTCLARION: January 27, 2016
It’s the end of January. How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If one is to spend less time on the Internet, there’s help on the way. Digital Detox (www.digitaldetox.org) is an Oakland organization devoted to wrenching people away from their electronic devices and reintroducing them to good old face-to-face interaction. Continue reading
MONTCLARION: January 20, 2016
One day soon, I’m going to plant myself on a bench in Montclair with a clear view of the Village. My mission, should I choose to accept it (and of course I will) is to find Klay Thompson. Continue reading
MONTCLARION: January 13, 2016
It’s the dead of winter. The holidays are history and tax season doesn’t exactly inspire joy. Thankfully, Oakland Restaurant Week is underway (this Thursday through Jan. 24) with 100 of the city’s best eateries offering prix fixe lunch and dinner deals.
MONTCLARION: Jan. 1, 2016
It’s New Year’s Day — time to shape plans for 2016. And speaking of shape, the number-one resolution, according to StatisticBrain.com, is to lose weight. Which leads me to my first column item …. Continue reading
MONTCLARION: Dec. 25, 2015
It’s Christmas morn. Here’s hoping Santa dropped by your house last night and didn’t sear his suit on the embers in your fireplace. There is one burning question as we reflect on the joy of the season: How do we keep spirits bright, long after the last chestnut is roasted?
MONTCLARION: Dec. 16, 2015
There’s a trick to making money as a Salvation Army bell ringer. And it’s not all in the wrist. Oakland native Arthur James was ringing — and singing — outside a market in Minnesota last week. The joy in his voice was contagious. Within minutes, James had a chorus of shoppers belting out carols in the brisk December air.
‘Deadhead’ and author Blair Jackson
MONTCLARION: Dec 11, 2015
“What a long, strange trip it’s been.”– “Truckin’ ” by the Grateful Dead
These lyrics could be the epitaph for a lot of us who grew up in the 1960s. Oakland writers Blair Jackson and David Gans would certainly agree. Their new book, “This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead,” is just the latest way these two have made a living out of documenting the iconic band. Continue reading