California, the ‘green state,’ is sometimes treated as a cultural touchstone when it comes to marijuana in the United States. It’s the most progressive, forward-thinking state, the one where it’s safe to grow, sell, and smoke. It’s the state advocates in other regions point at as an example of a leader in the field, the […]
The United States is a big place, and I am often reminded of this on 4 July, when communities across the country explode in a fever of nationalism and everything turns red, white, and blue overnight. You can find out a lot about what this country means to other people on 4 July, and sometimes […]
When I was in middle school, I was bullied rather relentlessly. People mocked me for how I dressed, how I did my hair, how I smelled, for being ‘smart,’ for what I did, for where I lived, for who I was. My middle school life was a period of endless torment, scurrying between halls, taking […]
Like ‘family values,’ ‘small town values’ is a very popular codeword on the political scene in the United States. I see it getting thrown around in all kinds of directions, and I’m not really sure that people know what they mean or are trying to convey when they use it. Around 75% of this country’s […]
Long term readers know that the Fourth of July marks one of the highlights of my year. I eagerly anticipate it every year, and wake up in a froth of excitement on the day of to carefully organise my supplies and prepare myself for the two events that occur on this day every year, without […]
Every now and then, it seems like another little “buy local” bubble burbles up. It’s happening again here; I see signs in store windows, and people exhorting me to buy local in various articles, and, as usual, it’s evoking a series of emotions in me. You’d think that I might be all about the Buy […]
We’ve been getting a lot of requests over at FWD/Forward to talk about medical marijuana, and I was recently having a conversation with some of the FWD contributors about what a complex issue this is, for me. I ended up going on quite the rant, and I realized as I was talking with them that […]
You didn’t think I would forget the hippies in the 2009 Mendocino Fourth of July Parade, did you? Didn’t get enough parade photos for your taste? There are even more on my Flickr.
Of course, what makes the Mendocino parade unique is the proliferation of unusual and inventive entries.
Here’s the first round of photos from the Fourth of July Parade. The Mendocino 4th of July Parade is a famous institution ’round these parts (as a perusal of the archives will reveal), and they were out in force as usual this year. This post includes most of the official sort of entries in the […]