Turning Stones - George McKale


500 years of gold and greed

It was all about gold and greed.  The North American story and the search for gold began in the 15th century, with the explorations... Continue

From Dahab to Paris

This week I continue to share my experiences turning stones in Egypt.  I left St. Catherine satisfied and looked forward to relaxing... Continue

From Aqaba to Sinai… with bodyguard

I have always had an insatiable desire to glimpse what’s on the other side of the mountain. Here in Sinai, I must make an important... Continue

A road less traveled

This column comes direct from Egypt.  Last week, my son Andrew and I traveled from San Francisco to Paris and on to Cairo. The day... Continue

Troubled sisters and the house of Marcy

Two of our sister-cities are in trouble.  First, Egypt has undergone tremendous change since Mubarak was overthrown in 2011. Now,... Continue

Preservation and branding irons

Preservation must come from the heart and is a community-based grass roots effort. Tourists come to Sonoma each year for a variety... Continue

Entomophagy and ice cold beer

I like bugs but I don’t like them crawling on me.  In fact, when I find an insect on any part of my body, I shiver to the core... Continue

Cupid is a calling

Valentine’s Day serves many purposes in the lives of people everywhere.  It marks the beginning of little league. No, that’s not... Continue

Back in the dirt

In July of 2010, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of our pueblo, I conducted an archaeological excavation at the... Continue

A young boy’s dream

In 1835, the Pueblo of Sonoma was founded and Mariano Vallejo appointed Commandante of the Fourth Military District and Director of... Continue