Lawrence Ferhlinghetti died today. He was 101. As a radical college student, publishing an underground newspaper, he was one of my great heroes. He was a poet and a bookstore owner, a defender of free speech, a San Francisco institution and City Lights was his bookstore. For nearly 20 years during our annual visit to…

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The land and the trees change with the seasons. The forty acres of land has been a part of my family life and lore for over 100 years. It has changed, the old shack is gone, and some of the roads grown over with small trees and grass, but the land itself, and the three…

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