Read more about the article It’s REAL: Travel and Revolution
Outside the Sines Art & Cultural Center, words from Portugal's most revered poets are memorialized on the sidewalk.

It’s REAL: Travel and Revolution

The pen, essentially, is mightier around here.

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Read more about the article The Dilemma of Dementia Caring for the Caregivers: There Is Something You Can Do
Lunch at Redwood Coast Seniors is a convivial time for members and friends.

The Dilemma of Dementia Caring for the Caregivers: There Is Something You Can Do

Caring for loved ones with dementia is a sad and frightening subject, but please don’t look away. There is something you can do for caregivers that will make a big difference!

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Read more about the article It’s REAL: Road Tripping
Booker T and the MGs was the house band at STAX for many years, playing backup on hundreds of award-winning albums.

It’s REAL: Road Tripping

Only a few blocks from Aretha Franklin’s childhood home, almost across the street from where Isaac Hayes used to wipe down his Cadillac every morning wearing his gold chains, far from the neon of Beale Street’s blues bars, and blocks away from the hotel where Martin Luther King was assassinated, Stax artists stepped onto a creative merry-go-round of musical genius. Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Steve Cropper, BB King, King Curtis, The Bar-Kays, Carla Thomas, and so many more artists got their breaks at Stax.

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Read more about the article It’s REAL: Where Have All the Poets Gone?
Gordon Black

It’s REAL: Where Have All the Poets Gone?

Gordon Black and Bill Bradd are two of my poet friends who just arrived at the Poetry Pearly Gates—at the extra-special Side Entrance for Bards who get up early to write every day.

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Read more about the article Redwood Coast Senior Center
The inviting entrance hallway at Redwood Coast Seniors leads past The Attic thrift shop, the activity room, and the office toward the community room where lunch awaits. Photo: Zida Borcich

Redwood Coast Senior Center

      I’m walking out of Redwood Coast Seniors in Fort Bragg as a crowd assembles behind a bottleneck at the front entrance just before lunchtime. I make my…

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MacKerricher State Park was always a ‘Park’

Story by Frank Hartzell UNPRECEDENTED STORMS MADE BIG MESSES FOR STATE PARKS In his first month on the job as Sonoma-Mendocino District Superintendent for California State Parks, Bill Maslach had…

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BLACK & WHITE

It's REAL A Note from the Publisher    I've been thinking about war. How about you? And anti-war. And how the arguments of good and bad/right and wrong/righteousness and evil/black…

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Krenov School Woodworking Retrospective

Story by Zida Borcich | All Photos provided by Krenov School and Krenov Archive Websites     A Legacy of Making A fine woodworking school, tucked into an out-of-the-way niche…

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Ya Gotta Laugh

It's REAL A Note from the Publisher, Zida Borcich Hit & Run Theater, back in the day. My grandson invited me to attend Mendocino High School's Improv Club performance last…

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AIKIDO & ALL OF US

Story by Janferie Stone TO TEACH IS TO LEARN Children in a line emerge from the door of the Community Center of Mendocino. They sprint across the parking lot to…

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Read more about the article Like Mycelium, Everything Is Connected to Everything
Amanita muscaria. Photo by Hugh Smith.

Like Mycelium, Everything Is Connected to Everything

Story by Zida Borcich   Standing in line to buy tickets for the Mycological Society of San Francisco Fungus Fair in South San Francisco last month, the ticket seller looked…

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Timeline of a Legacy

Mendocino Coast Clinics Celebrates Thirty Years of Extraordinary Health Care! Every cultural change, no matter how far-reaching, must begin with a few individuals who are prescient and brave enough to…

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776 It’s REAL…A Note from the Publisher

EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE IN A PLAY When considering a topic for my column this month, it seemed fatuous to think I could avoid the Middle East situation. The ubiquitous,…

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Mendocino Theatre Company Takes a Bow

It’s “Only” Make-Believe Before Bill Zacha built the Helen Schoeni Theater on the grounds of the Mendocino Art Center, a group of theater people had already started putting on productions…

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Read more about the article The Helpers
It's all about love.

The Helpers

Story by Esther Liner   PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 'Tis the time of year to start thinking about what we will be giving to our community at Holiday time. We are posting…

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The Blue Economy Is Green

If you’ve been feeling downhearted about the state of the world’s environment lately, there are some things brewing here on the coast that might surprise you and even bolster your…

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Follow the H2O

Ever think about the water that flows from your garden hose or kitchen tap? No? Many of us don't because it's simply always there.

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Dear Salmon: We Love You!

Story by Zida Borcich and Joe Bridgman The World’s Largest Salmon BBQ is right around the corner, and the North Coast is anticipating the arrival of thousands of fans, many…

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Nerd Haven

Story and photos by Zida Borcich Music Merchant's owner, Brian Shefrin, in his element, surrounded by a loose count of one million small things. What’s a nerd?[Definition loosely taken from…

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Growing the Economy: One Small Business at a Time

Story by Alison de Grassi Above: Centro Latino West graduation, 2022. Photo by Baqi Kopelman. “We educate and advocate for small business so that local entrepreneurs receive the information they…

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