Water in the Valley of the Moon

Story Jonah Raskin In Roman PolanskI’s Chinatown—arguably the coolest movie ever made about the murky political world of H2O—private eye Jake Gittes never unravels the homicide of Hollis Mulwray, the chief engineer for the L.A. Department of Water and Power. The case unravels him. “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown,” says…

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A Badger Family Affair

Story & Photos: David Bolling True story: In 2010, Pam Hamel, wife of former investment firm COO George Hamel Jr., stumbled across a bizarre store on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District that would later figure into the identity of a new Glen Ellen winery. Called Paxton Gate, the…

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The History of Buena Vista

It is California’s most historic monument to wine. But who know its real history? Just ask Jean-Charles Boisset. If wine were a religion, the rock-hewn walls of Buena Vista Winery would be its holiest New World shrine, and Count Agostan Haraszthy would be its patron saint. But like Junipero Serra,…

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Searching for Silence

Exploring the Divine with Babaji The talk is of intelligent ants and foolish flies. Baba Harihar Ramji (call him Babaji), is sitting cross-legged in a lawn chair, wrapped in a comfortable shawl. Bird songs filter through the trees and near the opulent garden two crows are talking to each other,…

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Deadliest day on Everest

It was only a sliver of the Nepal catastrophe, but for Kenwood’s Jon Reiter on Everest, it was the longest 42 seconds of his life. Forty hours after a 7.8 earthquake shook Nepal into rubble, killed perhaps 8,000 people or more and sent avalanches of snow, ice and rocks thundering…

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