Wild Neighbors: Orbweaver Brains: Is Bigger Always Better?

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday July 31, 2007

About the time of year the robins wind down and the naked ladies begin to bloom, we start seeing the garden spiders. They’re orbweavers, probably Araneus diadematus, and at this stage they’re just little orange-and-black specks with legs. Between now and Halloween they’ll get a lot bigger, and plumper. -more-

Column: Undercurrents: Dellums Undeservedly Trashed in East Bay Trash Conflict

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday July 27, 2007

One of the great attractions of the herd—or of the mob, it’s more dangerous younger cousin—is that once joined, it relieves the individual of having to make many individual investigations and decisions. That was always the case, from the dawn of time, but it is increasingly appealing in a world that is growing both more complicated and more illusion-driven, simultaneously. When every line of every speech or presentation or newspaper article must be closely searched and scrutinized for both accuracy and hidden agenda, the mind wearies, and the soul longs for a safe haven where there is a comfort that everyone around you is moving along with the same assumptions, right or wrong. Thus, the herd is joined, and followed. -more-

East Bay Then and Now: Oscar Maurer Studio Celebrates Its Centennial

By Daniella Thompson
Friday July 27, 2007

The north fork of Strawberry Creek, which runs in its natural open channel along a block and a half of Le Conte Avenue west of La Loma Ave., is home to a number of distinctive historic structures, including the landmarks Weltevreden (1896), Allenoke Manor (1903), and Theta Xi Chapter House (1914). Among these remarkable buildings, one of the most distinctive is the smallish Oscar Maurer photography studio, whose north elevation descends steeply to the creek bank. -more-

New Real Estate Features

Friday July 27, 2007

In both print and web issues: -more-

Garden Variety: Sebastopol Field Trip: A New Nursery

By Ron Sullivan
Friday July 27, 2007

Sebastopol is not exactly next door, but the Apple Capital of Sonoma County is a great excuse for a day trip. The Gravenstein Highway (Route 116) between US101 and the town is lined with roadside attractions, botanical and otherwise, although there seems to have been a sudden wave of mortality among the local antique stores. -more-

About the House: Oblique Strategies and the Home Remodeling Process

By Matt Cantor
Friday July 27, 2007

Before I proceed to plagiarize, I like to, at least, pay homage to the memory and, in this case, their extraordinary creativity and insight of the oracle. -more-

Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday July 27, 2007

A Quakelet With a Vertical Twist -more-