Melissa Etheridge: not in Kansas anymore - First and foremost, Melissa Etheridge is a performer. For
her solo “This Is M.E.” tour, the rock star is showing off her lead guitar chops.
Live from Nevada City, It’s the Geezer Gig! - “Party like an animal and be home in
bed by 10.” Proving you’re never too old to rock’n’roll, Bob Woods and friends tear
it up in a world-wide webcast by KVMR community radio from the Crazy Horse
Saloon in Nevada City, California.
What follows are links to samples of my writing from very asssorted genres. I will rotate articles
from time to time. Some of the links will take you off-site. Please don’t forget to come back.
To see almost everything I’ve published in the last 10 years, please go to my page on Muck Rack.
The quest for affordable housing in Nevada County - There’s no place like home - except when you
don’t have one. Nevada County’s homeless problem is caused by a lack of affordable housing.
Native Americans locked out of their cemetery - This was the beginning of a strange tale of covert
racism, white guilt, intertribal tensions, and bureaucratic gridlock. The cemetery was
quickly reopened, but the underlying issues were still unresolved when I left the the
Raid on a pot farm - It can take a long time for law enforcement officers to trust a
reporter. While it’s easy enough to get a press relations ride-along in a patrol car, it’s not so easy
when guns and deep undercover officers are involved.
I’ve investigated street drugs, alleged prostitution, illegal marijuana grows and crooked
contractors, but the most enterprising investigation I’ve ever done was to find out who ran a secret
satirical e-zine that was amusing and annoying prominent citizens. It took me months to pierce
Sometimes you get an assignment that is so weird that you have to take a weird angle to do
justice to the subject. As my publisher Gil Gordon noted in his introduction to A Tale of Two
Commuters, the topic was, on the face of it, totally crackpot - until I put a face on it.
Close Encounter with a Porcupine - Some stories just write themselves. And this story is true. I
don’t think I actually hit the porcupine but I must have nicked it. The story is really about how I
learned to hit a drop-dead deadline.
I I wrote this a long time ago. It was my philosophy then, and it still is.
Confessions of an Oxytocin Junkie - Is the pandemic causing us to lose the human touch?
What’s Wrong with Women’s Rights? - Her body. Not your choice.
In 2017, One Source-Empowering Caregivers was a new nonprofit that needed to establish its
service to the community, so I put them on the front page: Caring for the Caregiver. For the next
two years, I maintained their dynamic presence in print and social media. The contract concluded
with a creative training and recruitment documentary called It Takes a Village.
CTA v Gould I - Pre-verdict analysis of a multi-year, multi-million dollar lawsuit by the California
Teachers Association against the State of California over the misappropriation of funds from
Proposition 98 lottery income designated for education. There was a gag order, but I found deep-
throat sources on both sides.
CTA v Gould II - Post-verdict analysis. CTA won. Most papers reported a $373 million settlement,
but that was only the first payout. The actual settlement was $1.76 billion. Most papers didn’t get
Workers Compensation Fraud: Crime and Punishent - Tired of watching workers comp stakeholders
blaming each other fraud, I decided to examine how each stakeholder group defrauds the system,
feeding on the injuries of workers.
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Julie Baker took a “funky little performing arts center” in Grass Valley, California,
and turned The Center for the Arts into a nationally known venue for A-list
performers and stars in niche genres. After eight years, she stepped down to
start her own arts and entertainment company.
In my capacity as managing editor of Xcell Journal, it was my occasional privilege to interview
Wim Roelandts, the CEO of Xilinx Inc., and write his column. Here’s what he had to say about
How to Survive a Recession and Gain Market Leadership.
Legal and Legislative Analysis
Easy reading is damn hard writing. - Maya Angelou