Turning Stones - George McKale

A Poet Laureate named Ina

This week I bring to the forefront Ina Coolbrith. Jack London was quite taken with her, stating her to be the noblest woman he had... Continue

Daddy Warbucks, Pilgrims and pie

Last week I had the great opportunity to once again play Daddy Warbucks in the Broadway Bound Kids production of Annie. This was my... Continue

Dr. Pierce’s Pleasant Purgative Pellets

The average life span for American white males born in 2006 increased from 77 to 78 years. Sounds great for those American white males... Continue

Every musket ball tells a story

As westward expansion began to slowly creep into Mexican territory by the mid 1830s, men, women and children made their way west across... Continue

Rite of Reversal

It’s almost here.  The thrill of dressing up, applying makeup, transforming oneself into something else altogether, is upon us.... Continue

Acorns take over Sonoma

Each year, as summer fades and fall quickly approaches, I encourage foragers to head out into the wilderness and gather food for the... Continue

A hodgepodge of historical designations

I have been known to recklessly pull over at a moment’s notice when I see those telltale metal plaques situated along the side of... Continue

Cross-eyed Joe’s little green apples

I am declaring the remainder of August and all of September Ethnobotany months. Ethnology is the study of culture and botany is the... Continue

Chocolate, coffee and Dengue Fever

Our family vacation to Guatemala and Belize was coming to an end. We arrived in the southern Belize town of Punta Gorda around 9:00... Continue

From Tikal to Belize

Tikal was a spectacular adventure into the jungles of northeast Guatemala.  We woke to Howler Monkeys growling high in the trees above.... Continue