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Riding the Skunk Train: Fort Bragg Through the Forest on California’s Mendocino Coast

July 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

Riding the Skunk Train: Fort Bragg Through the Forest on California’s Mendocino Coast

Small railroads played an important role in the historic development of Northern California. Today one of those railroads, the Skunk Train, continues to flourish as an excursion train between Fort Bragg and Willits on the Mendocino Coast.

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Art and the Gray Whale: The Town of Mendocino on the California North Coast

July 12, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Art and the Gray Whale: The Town of Mendocino on the California North Coast

The California gray whale, art, and the ecological consciousness of the state can be enjoyed along the preserved Northern California Mendocino coast.

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The Russian Incursion into California: Fort Ross

July 7, 2016 · Leave a Comment

The Russian Incursion into California: Fort Ross

There was a time in the early history of California when Russia might have been destined to play a much larger role in the state’s history. In its quest for furs, the Russians established a North American beachhead at Sitka, Alaska, at the dawn of the 19th century.

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Lee Foster Publishes Second Book in China in Chinese

June 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Lee Foster Publishes Second Book in China in Chinese

My Chinese publisher has just come out with the ebook translation of my travel/literary book Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time. This is my second book in Chinese.

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Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto Today

June 22, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto Today

Alice Waters remains a presiding spirit over Berkeley’s celebrated Gourmet Ghetto, where I happen to live. But there are newcomers also who enliven the scene.

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Lee Foster Highlights Recent Publishing Developments in Annual Revision of His Book on Self-Publishing

June 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Lee Foster Highlights Recent Publishing Developments in Annual Revision of His Book on Self-Publishing

My annual revision of my book on self-publishing highlights major developments in this past year. Immerse yourself in my report on these observations to catch up on the publishing scene.

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Oakland’s Jack London Square and Downtown: A City Renews Itself, Starting With a New Cuban Restaurant

May 24, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Oakland’s Jack London Square and Downtown: A City Renews Itself, Starting With a New Cuban Restaurant

As I update this chapter on Oakland in my book Northern California History Weekends, I see how this great city preserves the legacy of its favorite literary native son and enlivens the downtown with new energy, such as a new Cuban restaurant.

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Northern California’s Top Museums

May 9, 2016 · 12 Comments

Northern California’s Top Museums

The great museums of Northern California have two new enticements begging for your attention. The newly reopened SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been rebuilt to accommodate the donated Fisher Collection, with its many modern masterpieces. And the new BAMPFA Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, in Berkeley, sparkles with innovation.

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The Golden Gate Bridge: Spanning the Gap

May 2, 2016 · Leave a Comment

The Golden Gate Bridge: Spanning the Gap

As I update this Golden Gate chapter in my book Northern California History Weekends: 52 Adventures in History for a new release, I am reminded of the joy and beauty that so many San Francisco visitors experience because of their encounter with the Golden Gate Bridge.

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The Discovery and Saving of Yosemite: A Militiaman’s Emotions

April 19, 2016 · Leave a Comment

The Discovery and Saving of Yosemite: A Militiaman’s Emotions

As I go to Yosemite to see the 2016 waterfalls on parade, after the snowy winter, I update this Yosemite chapter of my book Northern California History Weekends.

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