Walking down the hall at Eastern Plumas Health Care, I slowed as the memories came flooding back. It was if someone had turned back the clock and I could envision the young mother and her newborn being cared for on the other side of the wall. Though I only moved away from Plumas County five years ago, it has been 15 years since I lived in Graeagle. We moved there in 1987, just two months before our youngest daughter, Carly, was born — hence the hospital flashback.
Last year was an exceptionally good one when it came to forest fires in Northern California. Thanks to a wet winter and heavy snowpack in 2010-11, there simply weren’t too many.
But the chances of a repeat performance this summer are pretty slim. Thanks to less-than-normal snowpack and a mild spring that saw an early melt-off, the forests in Plumas County are already becoming tinder dry. The U.S. Forest Service signs along the roadways are already warning us that fire danger has become extreme.
I’ve decided to clone myself at the first opportunity. That way I can take turns with myself and work every waking moment, be everywhere and everything people seem to think I should be.
It troubles me when people attack me verbally and in public for what amounts to unfair reasons. But then they are upset enough at the time to believe they know everything they need to know and are in the right.
I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity lately. I’ve been going through a bit of a dry spell myself, so I picked up a copy of “Imagine: How Creativity Works” by Jonah Lehrer.
I wasn’t surprised to learn that there are multiple forms of creativity — improv, for example, is it’s own animal. Nor was I surprised to know that creativity involves both the receptive right brain and the focused left brain.
By the time you read this, the trial in the case of Ruth Jackson versus the California Highway Patrol will likely have concluded. When the jury will return a verdict is anyone’s guess.
Jackson’s lawsuit stems from her Sept. 12, 2009, arrest and jailing by the CHP on charges of driving under the influence.
Jackson’s civil complaint against the CHP said she had a blood alcohol level of 0.00 and had no drugs in her system at the time of her arrest.
Judging from the number and content of the comments on our website story, the trial is stirring up deep-seated resentments against the CHP.
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