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.
CONTRACOSTATIMES.COM: Dec 2, 2015
Three tiki huts, two litchi nuts and a lava bowl, the “nectar of the gods.” “The 12 Days of Christmas” never sounded so seductive. And while you may be thinking Hawaii, this destination is much closer to home — in San Francisco. Continue reading
‘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
This show aired on Tom Wilmer’s NPR radio show ‘Journeys of Discovery’.
MONTCLARION: November 13, 2015
All I want for Christmas — is tires with a treadwear rating of 600. Finally, there’s something to cheer about on the weather front. Monday’s heavy showers have given us hope that we may, indeed, have a rainy season. Wet weather is forecast for next week as well, prompting the CHP to issue a reminder about driving in rain, fog and snow. Continue reading
MONTCLARION: Nov 6, 2015
When Bill and Helen Sullivan closed Montclair Pharmacy to move to Montana in 2012, it was the end of a 50-year relationship with the community. But the couple never stopped looking for a tenant that would be a good fit. Ergo Goods, 6123 La Salle Ave., might just be the glass slipper to our Cinderella. Continue reading