Of Flower Power And The War With The Newts

The Speaker has said that he wants to undo the effects of the 1960’s hip counterculture on American civilization and no one he’s talked to lately knows enough about the era to laugh in his face. Believe me, the stone-cold hippie of old would have found the notion hysterical—yet more proof that the cosmos really does have a sense of humor. Apparently, Newt Gingrich and a lot of other “Mr. Jones” types just weren’t in on the joke. Continue reading


With a Human Face: When Hoedads Walked the Earth

A half-dozen years ago I was sitting around an evening campfire at the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, just jawing with a few of the folks on my volunteer crew when, for some forgotten reason, I mentioned the Mudsharks in the course of my rambling.

“What’s a Mudshark?” someone asked. Continue reading