Wild Neighbors: December: Time to Count the Kinglets

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday December 18, 2007

This weekend, against my better judgment, I will be doing a couple of Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts, one in Marin County, the other in Solano. (The Christmas Bird Count arose as a humane alternative to the traditional Christmas Side Hunt, whose object was to shoot every bird you saw. The data compiled by this annual exercise in citizen science has become a mother lode for ornithologists studying trends in North American bird populations.) -more-

Column: Undercurrents: There is a Tradition to American Torture

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday December 14, 2007

Nothing seems quite so odd as the contention made by advocates on both sides of the “waterboarding” issue that the use of torture is against American tradition. -more-

East Bay Then and Now: The Bentleys of Le Conte Avenue: 96 Years of Service and Art

By Daniella Thompson
Friday December 14, 2007

Among the original Northside residences that survived the Berkeley fire of 1923, the Bentley House at 2683 Le Conte Avenue is one of the least assuming. Built in 1900 by the prominent Berkeley contractor and amateur artist A.H. Broad, this modest Dutch Colonial Revival residence is the quintessential “simple home” advocated by Charles Keeler in his 1904 book of the same name. -more-

Garden Variety: The Gift That Keeps On Living

By Ron Sullivan
Friday December 14, 2007

Some of the best gifts I’ve ever received have been from people’s gardens. -more-

Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday December 14, 2007

I’m Bolted, I’m Ok? -more-

About the House: You Broker It, You Fix It: Why Buyers Should Buy ‘As Is’

By Matt Cantor
Friday December 14, 2007

You’re in the last throws of the deal and it’s time for the home inspection. The inspector finds that the water heater is defective and needs replacement now. You’re a little upset, since you’ve just offered more money to buy this house than your parents have in their retirement fund. You expected the house to be perfect for that kind of money and you’re not about to shell out another dime. -more-