Column: The Public Eye: The Death of the Triumphant Individual By Bob Burnett

Friday January 27, 2006

In a March article in The New Republic, Robert Reich wrote of four essential American stories. One of these is “the triumphant individual,” the little guy who pulls himself up by the bootstraps. Thanks to the Bush administration, that story has died for most Americans. -more-

Column: Undercurrents: Debating the Future of Oakland By J. DOUGLAS ALLEN-TAYLOR

Friday January 27, 2006

Competitive elections give citizens a rare opportunity: a chance to participate in a discussion that could actually affect the future of their community. -more-

About the House: Detailed Inspections Can Benefit Sellers By MATT CANTOR

Friday January 27, 2006

Eighteen years ago, when I started in the inspection business, my clients were always buyers and never sellers. In fact, sellers and, all too often, their agents, viewed the inspection as an assault on their homes. This was often miserable and I was sometimes foolish enough to take the bait and join in the adversarial tone of the conflict. When sellers insisted on being home, pitch-fork in hand to defend their turf from my unfair assertions, I would debate and even argue on occasion. -more-

Garden Variety: Garden Preparation Means Getting to Know the Dirt By RON SULLIVAN

Friday January 27, 2006

Last week I counseled patience with a newly acquired garden. Honest to Ceres, it really does pay off, or at least cost less in terms of lost plants and ego-damage, to wait a full year before doing anything major and permanent to your land. You don’t have to sit on your thumbs: put in some encouraging annuals, watch when sprouts from whatever was left behind, and get your hands in the dirt in the meantime. You know you want to. -more-

Column: Late December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) By SUSAN PARKER

Tuesday January 24, 2006

My New York friends took me to see the musical Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre on 52nd Street in Manhattan. They thought that because I grew up in the Garden State I would identify with, at the very least, the title. And in some ways I did. Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, was familiar because, like almost everyone from the ‘burbs in the early ‘60s, I grew up with their music. -more-

Trees Manage Water to the Benefit of the Atmosphere By RON SULLIVAN Special to the Planet

Tuesday January 24, 2006

It’s only on my worst, most misanthropic days that I suspect most of my fellow humans of not noticing that the trees around us are more than overdecorated hatracks. We all know they’re alive, right? And we all know, or ought to, that they’re in motion, growing, moving (though at a pace we’re ill-equipped to see), performing, building the massive edifices of themselves with light and carbon and air. -more-