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A scholar’s retreat

A scholar’s retreat

I had a dear friend, actually a couple of friends, ask me to write about my Scholar’s Retreat.  I think they meant the place I stayed while I was doing research at Berkeley as much as the experience I had in my role of scholar.  Big ol’ Venn overlap in that. Having a room or [...]

Calistoga’s Russian Orthodox Church

Calistoga’s Russian Orthodox Church

A friend asked me what is the most northern mission in Alta California.  It was a Bambi moment, you know deer in headlights analogy: because it was an unexpected question, because I didn’t have a real answer.  So out came a non-answer answer; to the effect that where you stop hearing Spanish names for places, [...]

Looks we’ve been adopted

Looks we’ve been adopted

He started as a feral and looked this side of starving.   Larry thought he had the right credentials so he let him  hang around.  Leia figures he’s okay – for a cat.  After all, he’s not Larry, who has the heart of a dog in a cat’s skin.  Perhaps Leia knows Larry’s exceptional.   [...]

Napa Valley tripping

Napa Valley tripping

Never having been to Napa, Sonoma, or Mendocino, and being of a certain age, I talked James into spending time there. I remember old Sunset Magazines that spoke of this place in almost mystical terms.  Had no idea what we’d find. In brief – we found nature at all stages a bit of eco/Disney tiny [...]

Stout Memorial Grove

Stout Memorial Grove

James loves nature. Photos – James Grimes

The personal and the political

The personal and the political

As we get older we get different adjectives and nouns added to our identifiers.  We start out life with certain words, during our teen age we have words removed and added, and as we age the words are modified yet again.  At weeks shy of 60 words like compact, Nana, and researcher are words that [...]

Arthur Bandini, Santa Clara College

Arthur Bandini, Santa Clara College

Part of the reason for my trip over the last couple of weeks was going to institutions to do research in preparation for a talk that I’ll be giving on June 26.  The talk will be a part of series that is presented by the Pasadena Museum of History.   I’ll be talking about some [...]

Election Day, June 5th, 2012 – Measure A

Election Day, June 5th, 2012 – Measure A

Elections can make for difficult times.  People become passionate in expressing their views.  An election is one of the few places where there you either win or loose.  It’s hard not to take things personally.  All that. So here I am sticking my neck out on a very local election matter. I was one of [...]

Equal parts of this and that

Equal parts of this and that

My mini sabbatical had several different parts to it: I’ll be writing more about it at some point.  One of the parts was focused on the scholarly part of my life.  Like McCoy in Star Trek, I often want to say something to the effect of…”Jim, I’m a historian, not an organizer”.  I’m happier at [...]

Doors, doors, doors

Doors, doors, doors

Over the past ten days I have gone past all sorts of doors.  Some more photogenic than others.   This first door led to the Scholar’s Retreat at Berkeley.  A couple of treasure filled days – surrounded by all sorts of academic wonders.  Gloves necessary, information flowing from primary sources, pencil only places.   Letters [...]

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