Last Man on the Moon

Gene Cernan won’t let us forget the Apollo Program. By David Bolling If you were making a movie about space travel and you told the casting director to find you a guy who could look, walk, talk, stand still, sit down, get up and shake hands like an astronaut, the…

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The Mysteries and Myths of Jack London

It is hard to imagine another twentieth-century writer who engenders as much myth, mystery and mystique as Jack London. And if you live in the Valley of the Moon, he is not only a literary monument, he is our literary monument, even as—by anecdotal estimate more than researched fact—a substantial…

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We’re (almost) All Tourists Now

A blessing, a curse, or both? The Sonoma hospitality debate heats up. Story Jonah Raskin Photos Steven Krause n 1991, when Andy and Lila Weinberger arrived as tourists in Sonoma, they meant to open a bookstore near the Plaza and grow roots lickety-split. Now, nearly 25 years later, Reader’s Books…

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Finger Food

Paul’s Produce plows through another winter. Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause If you look at the palms of Paul Wirtz’s hands you see a roadmap of dirt. It looks almost subcutaneous, the rich alluvial soil of Sonoma Valley worked into every crack and crevasse of each leathery palm and…

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Melissa’s Motorhead Makeover

From zero to 200 in 6.5 seconds. Photos Steven Krause The first week Melissa Westerman had a driver’s license she was arrested for speeding. You might call that a sign, for anyone paying attention. Melissa’s dad, Steve, was paying attention. He figured, besides grounding her (which he did), if his…

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