Charlie’s Blog

Charlie’s in Exile

Retrofitting frenzy is overtaking Noe Valley. It’s a good thing, a wise thing, really. But it looks violent, the streets torn, sidewalks cluttered with sawhorses,

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Field Notes

When I was a child, from young childhood into my teens, I had a pocket-size guide to mammals. It eventually disintegrated along the spine from

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Aargh! Pirates!

When I taught Treasure Island to college students in the 1990’s, my class wouldn’t believe it was appropriate for children. For one thing, it was “too hard”,

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