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No stupid with a flare gun is going to ruin my good mood


  As ever the optimist (okay, now that you have picked yourself up off the floor and your stomach no longer hurts from laughing so long, read on), I am trying to find positives in this whole Covid-19 pandemic situation. Sure, life is completely different, even for those of us who are essential workers. Our routines at the newspaper have […]

Container gardening is a good step for many issues


Container gardening can solve many problems that plague the backyard gardener. It can add color to otherwise drab patios and decks. It’s easier to control pH. Cold or heat sensitive plants can be moved throughout the season(s) to more protective areas. It also allows gardeners with physical limitations to enjoy this hobby more extensively. The drawbacks of container gardening — […]

The dictator and the parasite

Charles MosherIt’s been a month since the last article of Public Health Notes, and we’ve learned more about this major public health emergency of our lifetime. More about what Covid does inside our bodies and more about which control efforts are working best. But before we get into that, let me take you way down south and back in time […]

Who was a mother to you?


Allison ByerleyEvery May we celebrate mothers with a special day. Mother’s Day began in the early 20th century when Anna Jarvis’ mother died. At the funeral, Miss Jarvis gave each person who attended a carnation, her mother’s favorite flower. She suggested a day to honor all mothers, remembering their love for us and ours for them. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed […]

How socialized medicine works (hint: we just call it healthcare)


AndersenEditors’ note: Peter Krogh Andersen is a journalist and teacher from Denmark who brought a group of students to Mariposa last year. He has been covering the Covid-19 pandemic for this newspaper from his perspective in Denmark. One of my most defining experiences in the U.S. happened back in 2016 a few weeks after the presidential election. In North Carolina, […]

Part 11: I believe I can fly — (my skydiving experience)


Bryan StarchmanEditor’s note: Bryan Starchman is an English and drama teacher at Mariposa County High School. He was taking a sabbatical to go on an adventure across the United States. He has been writing regular columns about his adventure for this newspaper and was planning to publish a book based on his experience. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Starchman has […]

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