Column: The Public Eye: Campaign 2006: A Look at the Winners and Losers

By Bob Burnett
Tuesday November 14, 2006

As the dust settles from the tumultuous 2006 mid-term elections, let’s consider the big political winners and losers: -more-

Column: Dining With The Diva Princess

By Susan Parker
Tuesday November 14, 2006

I lost my husband and acquired a teenager. It’s not much of a deal. I still have to clean and shop, and carry out the trash. I still have to water the plants, pay the bills, and turn down the volume on the television. -more-

Step Back in Time at Ardenwood Historic Farm

By Marta Yamamoto, Special to the Planet
Tuesday November 14, 2006

Down a tree-canopied lane bordered by lush fields of lettuce, corn and pumpkin. Through a filigreed iron gate and white picket fence. Past goldenrod Arden Station where Tucker waits to pull a visitor-laden rail car to Deer Park Station. Drop out of the frenzied pace of modern life. Get lost in the country estate of a wealthy 20th century farmer, a place caught in time. Visit Ardenwood Farm. -more-

Don’t Lose Your Head for St. John’s Bread

By Ron Sullivan, Special to the Planet
Tuesday November 14, 2006

Before it got drafted to be an allegedly “heathier” substitute for chocolate, carob was a dietary staple of poor folks and a treat even for the wealthy. Ceratonia siliqua is a handsome, tough, warm-climate tree that grows long, thick, flat brown pods to cradle its seeds. -more-

Column: Dispatches From the Edge: Coming Home: War and Remembrance

By Conn Hallinan
Friday November 10, 2006

“It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.” -more-

Column: The Public Eye: After the Celebration: The Democrats’ To-Do List

By Bob Burnett
Friday November 10, 2006

When Democrats quit celebrating their victory in the mid-term elections and begin to consider their priorities for the 110th Congress, they need look no further than Iraq. The basic issues that plague Iraq--security, infrastructure, and governance--are the same that beset the United States. Due to a devastating combination of managerial ineptitude and ideological inflexibility, the Bush administration has lost Iraq and severely damaged the United States. They couldn’t stop the looting there and refuse to stop the looting here. -more-

Column: Undercurrents: The Politics of Citizen Access in Oakland

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylo
Friday November 10, 2006

It’s doubtful that politics brings out more silliness in the human character than any other human endeavor—it just seems that politicians, and the people they employ, seem so much more intent than anyone else on broadcasting the odd things that are sometimes on their minds. -more-

About the House: Ask Matt: Addressing House Foundations, Shingle Roofs

By Matt Cantor
Friday November 10, 2006

Dear Matt, -more-

Garden Variety: Get Your Supplemental Sunshine on University Avenue

By Ron Sullivan
Friday November 10, 2006

I just had to ask. The charming young salesperson at Berkeley Indoor Garden did have list of what, other than the obvious, customers grow using B.I.G.’s wares: orchids and other tropicals, carnivorous plants, some rare and picky succulents, sometimes lettuce and herbs and baby greens just to have them handy. -more-

Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday November 10, 2006

Have You Met Your Neighbors? -more-