The Danger Zone

The Danger Zone

Freeze! Put your hands up! If you move I’ll shoot! A policeman crouching in a bush shouted this command to me on the night of my 25th birthday.  My friend Paul and I had been helping a very old couple move out of their suburban home into a trailer park in...
Child is Father to the Man

Child is Father to the Man

“You don’t pick your totem animal. Your totem animal chooses you.” Raven sunrise at the Trona Pinnacles • Photo by MMB This quote, which I heard recently on a podcast, shed some light on a seminal event in my young life. When I was a child, my family was at an outdoor...
The Famous and The Infamous

The Famous and The Infamous

“If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.”  I often heard this call to action from Scoop Nisker coming out of my radio, at the end of his progressive news reports and alerts on San Francisco’s KSAN and KFOG radio stations. He was an author,...