Turning Stones - George McKale

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

Tikal, toads and tarantulas

Wifi isn’t all that it’s cut out to be. The past couple of weeks I have been adventuring through Guatemala and Belize with the... Continue

A girl named Eliza

Eliza spoke of suffocation from the stench hovering around the stables on a hot summer day. Everyone knew her. She drew sympathy from... Continue

Eagles amongst us

Earlier this week I attended Troop Fourteen’s Court of Honor in which six young men became Eagle scouts. The Boy Scouts of America... Continue

Beer and history

For many parents around the Valley, this is the week their little ones have waited for and dreamed of, for what seemed an eternity... Continue