Column: The View From Here: Dare We Dream About Democracy?

By P. M. Price
Friday November 17, 2006

It would be easy for Democrats to become a bit heady what with the newly won House and Senate seats and all. But before getting too carried away, I would suggest that the “Blue” party take stock and ask themselves some serious questions, namely; who are we and what are we doing here? -more-

Column: Undercurrents: Progressives Must Start Thinking About What To Do About Iraq

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday November 17, 2006

Three years ago, when the United States invaded Iraq, I put up a map of that country on my wall—as the old-timers used to do in other wars—so I could follow the course of the battles. I also bought two or three Middle Eastern history books, so that I might have a better knowledge of that part of the world, and a better understanding of the ancient racial, ethnic, and religious conflicts that we—America—had now thrust ourselves into. -more-

News Analysis: America’s Election: Daddy’s Swagger vs. Mommy’s Care

By Ruth Rosen,
Friday November 17, 2006

Editor’s note: This article appeared on prior to Thursday’s vote in the House for majority leader -more-

East Bay Then and Now: This West Berkeley Landmark Is a Proud Survivor

By Daniella Thompson
Friday November 17, 2006

The Church of the Good Shepherd, situated on the corner of Ninth Street and Hearst Avenue, was one of the first nine structures designated City of Berkeley Landmarks on Dec. 15, 1975. It is the oldest church building standing in Berkeley, as well as the oldest in continuous use by its founding congregation in the entire East Bay. -more-

Garden Variety: Attack of The Mildew Kingdom

By Ron Sullivan
Friday November 17, 2006

I thrashed myself but good last weekend, just doing a little lightweight gardening. -more-

About the House: Soft Stories, Line-Wire Stucco and Seismic Retrofitting

By Matt Cantor
Friday November 17, 2006

Before I ever look for a single foundation bolt there are a always a few other questions I always have about the building I’m looking at. Of course, I’m talking about earthquake readiness or seismic stability or whatever term-du-jour we’re currently using. -more-

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-