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Rethinking the words we use when it comes to gender

Rethinking the words we use when it comes to gender

Words matter. Innocuous as some may be, they can come with baggage not always obvious. It may simply be because we grew up saying certain words and accepted them or we could be oblivious or something else might be going on. Words like fireman, policeman, serviceman,...

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Finding evidence of fire throughout Northern California

Finding evidence of fire throughout Northern California

Today it seems impossible to hike in California without seeing scars from wildfires. I don’t remember that always being true. Maybe I’m more aware now. Maybe there are simply that many more burn areas. Likely, it’s both. On a recent hike in Lassen National Forest I...

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Feds Remove S-Word From Locations Throughout The U.S.

Feds Remove S-Word From Locations Throughout The U.S.

We all know the N-word. Now there is the S-word. Earlier this month the federal Board of Geographic Names removed more than 650 instances nationwide where the word “squaw” was part of the name. This includes 80 locations in California and 34 in Nevada. “The term has...

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Smell of rain a soothing, natural perfume

Smell of rain a soothing, natural perfume

Waking to another overcast day can be so depressing. Then I heard it, and I smiled. That sound that has been absent from California for the better part of three years. Rain. It wasn’t smoke filling the sky, it was actual clouds. Not much rain fell Monday morning, but...

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Lack of escalator etiquette can slow down movement

Lack of escalator etiquette can slow down movement

One of the benefits of riding an escalator is to get someplace faster than walking stationary stairs. But what if you want to walk on the escalator? How often has that desire been thwarted by people blocking your forward progress? OK, so escalator etiquette is not one...

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Point Reyes Lighthouse a beacon of history

Point Reyes Lighthouse a beacon of history

  While California is known for its pristine beaches, plenty of boat captains can speak to the rugged, treacherous coastline. Today the Point Reyes Lighthouse is a standing reminder of navigational tools erected in the 1800s to help steer ships clear of the...

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