Freestone


Yup... You made it...
This place is chock full of scallywags,
and Wurlitzer Juke-box romance.
Mad folks railin' at the world's
and their own terminal befuddlement.
Artists, Musicians, Land Abuse Rantings
will fill the pixels.


If you want correct spelling, read,
(choose one! )

Drop a note if you've a mind to... Or there's a Freestone Hotel Registration Book to let others know what's on your mind... Or read what other folks have to say...


The old Train path went up through the canyon from Freestone to Occidental...
Then, the fools, went and tore up the track and sold off the rolling stock, melting down one of the bestiss clacks onda track-track-track, a pretty little valley's steam whistle moan could sigh back the years re-tellin' the tales...

The bumpy creekbed following roads are littered with Speeding Car, Volvo, and Real Estate Broker's Sport Utility Vee-Hickle detonating Land Mines...
Have a Nice Day!

The Front Porch is where we lean back, loosen up the suspender's, and start whittlin', spittin' and tellin' stories.
Pissin' and moanin' about too many Volvos goin' by The Store. Hell, look it up... The Swedish Government has annexed Western Sonoma County. See how they got the county Road Work contract! (That's The Wishing Well Nursery in the back, past the Fire Dept.'s water tank, behind the yellow County Volvo Frontloader)
Shiney cars are the ruin of the whole valley.
Liked it better when folks lived in the middle of Occidental before Demographic Rural-ban Cultural Removal. Bill, now long dead, in his retired milk truck/motor home would open his back door in the morning, yawn, pee down out on the dirt wide open parking in front of what's now Howard's Station and wave Good Morning!

Here's a big (lottsa k's) look at some moving (okay... flipping, peeling & dissolving pitchurs...) Freestone Scenes...

Say Hey!
A Tony King Retropsective!
"Tony King: Paintings, Drawings, Prints 1972-1997"
November 14, 1997-January 11, 1998

Reception, Fri. Nov. 14th, 6-7pm
Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California

News from the trenches...
The Chemical Agent, Pepper Spray (not Taco Bell drippings) was applied directly to Headwaters Forest Activists' eyes during three seperate protests. One of two videotaped was at Congressman Frank Riggs' office. (For more of Riggs' reaction, visit The Riggs-Watch Web-site!
Read from The P-D how The FBI is investigating... (But remember who charged Judi Bari with attempting to blow herself up!)

The Local Law Enforcement folks try to head-off a Citizen Review Board! Judith Volkart, of The Sonoma County ACLU explains the problem in this newspaper article dealing with the officials diversion attempts...

But first... some important International stuff...
The Hurricane in Mexico devasted the poor and the good projects working for them! Here's two moving letters from Pam McCann and thoughts on how you can help!
... Up to date news!
Pina Palmera, Rehabilitation and Care for Children, with or without disabilities, in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The latest Storm Reports from the area...
The media hasn't done such a good job reporting the true background story in this tragedy. The government has been rousting the poor for political reasons. Now, they never gave notice about the oncoming storm. Hell, I could see it coming on the West Coast Weather Satellite down this page. Get the scoop on this and other news from an operation that looks beyond the party line... a report by "Out There News"

More International News... A few years after the fact, here's the U.S. Government's de-classified story of the assassination of Che Guevara.

Flash News!10/21... The Case of Judi Bari vs. The Guv will go to trial!
It was found that evidence exists to proceed. There's enough to consider that the FBI recklessly ignored obvious evidence in the Car-Bomb murrder atempt on Judi Bari and Daryll Cherney, Earth First! and IWW Forest Activists. Here's The Story from The P-D...

YOU'RE DRIVIN' TOO DAMN FAST!!!
Slow Down! There's at least 10 kids in the urban core of Freestone... Sure, good for Child Taxidermists, but inappropriate as speed-bumps for thoughtless drivers...

A lady went careening through Freestone, bonkity, bonkity bonk. Eric asked her what she was doing endangering the populace. "Cuss, Cuss, Cuss... ", she said impolitely...
The next Saturday in Bodega, Eric was having coffee and Kee-rash, whump, dumble, dumble, fwump..." It was her again , her car had hit Dave's truck, saving the house that's also an antique place, slid around and ended up with the very same lady crawling out of the window of the brown Volkswagon Van. After determing she was a survivor, Eric chewed her out royal!
She's the sort that could kill an innocent. If you are so thoughtless... You're not welcome around here.

Speaking of somethin' what's got the unpleasant potential-meter hoppin', here's a look at West Coast Radar to check out unsettled air from north of The Aleutians, then down past Baja!
Travelling? Here's the whole enhanced infrared satellite biz on the East Coast, Carribian, Central America and Northern South America!
Here's a look at Northern California Doppler Radar
A little more local to Sonoma County, Radar
The Sonoma County Forecast.

You do know there's a cranky old man near Salmon Creek what'll pop your vehicle with his potato launcher if he can get out of his county retirement rocker fast enough.

So, slow down and you won't get hollered at by him or his morning comrades around Aron's,
Java The Hut, Coffee Place snuggled into the north side of The Freestone Store...
In front of Java The Hut, that's Ms. Raz, and her Gentlemen Associates planning the next Nick Ray/Marlon Brando Wild One more ride movie.

Dennis just left Tuesday, the whatever, beginning this years' trip. We left his cabin at Star Mountain, meandered down the hill to Occidental, had coffee at our office, The Union Hotel, then we headed to Sebastopol. All in all, after a while at 9:00 pm, I watched him head up the steps into the Airporter, to sleep on a chair at SFO and climb a flight at noon next day for Paris. He'll be spending time in coffeehouses and walking un-tourist places...
Last word from him a couple weeks into Le Grand Vacance has him calling from Siena, Italy, heading to Venice.
10/15... Now he writes from The Italian Riviera... He's going to stay put for a month... Keep an eye on Dennis, here.

Here's the lyrics to a tune for everyday... Deck The Halls With Boston Charlie!.... from The Okefenokee Swamp and Walt Kelly...


If you're drivin' north to Occidental on Bohemian Hwy, (it's the only road by the way) look up and see some new vineyard land bein' doused with chemicals before planting... Wake up and smell the methyl bromide...

Here's a page that I hope will be kept up to date with help from everybody...
Freestone Events will try to offer a bunch of worthwhile meetings, good times and places to go to make a difference...


Head to the Front Porch... if you wish...

I'm doin' a little spring cleaning... Recall if you might, how it took longer than Crisco to harden on a hot day to load that opening page? Well, it still does...
But now at least there's a warning... Sounds fair to me.
I'll probably fill this up with drivel in a couple hours anyway. So, for a while, use this to get rolling and have fun with some un Chamber of Commerce attitudes on Land-use, Politics and Effective Voting (early & often, when appropriate. It was and it worked).

And now, a word from one of our hosts...Hehaka Sapa (Black Elk)...

Words from a friend concerning Land Sales, Chief Seatlh (Chief Seattle)...

Here's an interesting question. A proposed geothermal development, an attempt to move away from fossil fuels, would stomp all over Native American sacred lands in Modoc County. From one of the best newswriters I can think of, here George Snyder writes a strong story for The Chronicle...


I go on about this elsewhere, but these days, instead of having to hope agriculture can save this county from Santa Clara County housing, now we've got to wonder what will save us from endless vineyards... Here's a real mess Gallo is developing on what once was one of the prettiest ranches that will never be around again. Fred McMurray's Twin Hill Ranch on The Russian River... Here's a Press-Democrat Story.
Ted Appel writes in The P-D that an EIR is needed for Gallo's overbearing, rude and ecologically disasterous plans.
But, hey! I'm open-minded...

Learn about the fight to restore a premier Environmental Education Center...
Ocean Song, of Occidental, California!
We do need help from all concerned to save this jewel. If you can, read about the project, give a hand, and tell others...

Also a bunch of fine Solstice photos from the other day on a perfect weather Solstice Hill...

The pictures of The Solstice at Ocean Song were taken by Michael Stusser... The Grand Poo-bah and darn fine fella ownin' Osmosis in Freestone... They wrap ya up in organic black beans, rice and cornflakes, par-boil you in melted Ben & Jerry's Wavy Gravy style ice cream, over-whelm the dickens out of you with pleasant thoughts then throw the trembling remains into Salmon Creek...
It's Good Though...

Rebal Girl... by Joe Hill
Speaking of a U.Utah Phillips story... There's a Big Labor Day Picnic at Doris Murphy's house in Occidental on Monday! It's always a hoot, but having Phillips, one of the most powerful labor & Wobbly (Industrial Workers of The World) resources you'll ever meet, as a guest will really be a ball! Doris' husband, Joe Murphy, made the motion to expand beyond The Longshoremen, to include all the trades in The San Francisco General Strike in 1934!
This will be a reafirmation of Phillips' notion that The Long Memory is the most dangerous weapon there is against the bosses...

Wow! What a wonderful afternoon!
Maybe 700 people came by and enjoyed fine friends and strong talk. Archie Green, Faith Petric and a host of other's gathered the crowd up and took them along the bumpy road road of organizing and fighting for the rights of labor.
Pretty soon, we'll try and have Utah Phillips' Labor Day Address from Doris' Back Porch! (No, not a la Vonnegut's "Commencement Address"!)

"Any biologist who thinks roads degrade grizzly habitat believes in Easter bunnies."
-- Rep. Helen Chenoweth's (R- ID) comment at a congressional field hearing in Kalispell, MT to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee Dale Hamm, who testified that increased road density negatively impacts grizzly. (Billings Gazette, July 6, 1997)

From Clear View... a periodic bulletin on the 'wise use' movement. Through The Environmental Working Group site... Or the California Site they put up. Great Stuff for hard-core research and general facts!

It's gonna Rain! Most likely it'll rain 'bout as much as '82...
so you might as well have a link to The El Nino really big site!

The Wishing Well Nursery is sorta in the middle of the picture in the attic of this page. Just about one of the most pleasant places to stop in town. Fine, delightful people, a historic Freestone building, and even The Statue of Liberty!

Here's a thumbnail history of the are from the people of bodegabay.com, The Bay is a couple miles to the west of Freestone.

Visit the Spring-Summer Newsletter of The Western Sonoma County Rural Alliance!
And see a sweet picture of the wonderful Bob Sharp!

Visit The Good Folks, doin' fine work, down the holler, over Tannery Creek near the old still, and up the ridge just to the west of me, The Bodega Land Trust

Find out the latest Alert! from Sonoma County Conservation Action...

How about a nice pal! Here's a link to a friend who won't let you down! The Humane Society!

Sonomazone Magazine is a compilation of a bunch of Community Links... Check out the Recipe and Cookin' spots!

Here's a fine direction to locate Sonoma County Poetry Events... courtesy of a fine Poet, Layne Russell.

Well, if you're settin' in a doctors office, surrounded by sick folk, and the Readers Digest's are covered with germs... twiddle with your lap-top and read a Choo-Choo Tale about another twenty year ago time when I didn't see you in the boxcar......
Or try a ride to Eastern Maine and stop in at The Phantom Diner...
Or you might head west, take a left and follow your nose down South. (Thanks Tom Mitchell) Jump into The Swamp near Eunice, Loo-Zanna and head down the rutted road, past gators to a Gumbo with The Courmier's... Yeah... Just like going over to Wally and The Beaver's for a sandwich...
While The Gumbo deals with hunting & gathering, then reacting with dinner, sooner or later I'll talk about the little Cajun dog, Phideaux...

So!... Go visit Artists... Environmental issues... Musicians...
Bunch-Up You Stragglers!... We're Headin' out to The Front Porch!

The hills around here have become infested with waxed autos... Sport Utility Vee-hicles driven by those just barely weaned of curb-feelers...
Freestone and The Town of Bodega are both putting speed activated claymore mines into the roads through the towns... Ka-Boom!!!


The widow of Kuan Chung Kao has filed a $50 million suit (See a Press-Democrat Story by Jody Klienburg-10/2) against a number of Sonoma County Law Enforcement agencies and officers in regards to the death by Police Force of her husband. This came on the same day Law Enforcement and members of a wide ranging Community Group seeking a Citizen Review Board met to discuss the current lawsuits and feelings of un-necessary Police Force in recent deaths.

Some of you will probably really disagreee with me on this, but here goes...
In the wake of the crowd running a sense of justice out of town, Megan's Law came into effect immediately locally. Sonoma County Sheriff, Jim Piccinini sent a flyer to a neighborhood where a man lived quietly who had been convicted, sentenced and paroled of a Child Predation crime, certainly crimes as despicable as can be. The Sheriff got the reaction he must have expected. The man was harassed and hounded, finally annonymously reported of violating his parole. He denies having a conversation with a teenager. He's now being held in San Quentin. I think the pro-active move by the Sheriff was an improper action. He washed his hands of the situation, turning it over to a mob. I can't figure out just what the best direction to take may be, but something's inapropriate here. Here's some further thoughts...

He's been kept in San Quentin since his arrest, a probation violation hearing was held behind the walls of the prison. He got sentenced to 9 months... Without an attorney, and through a snafu, The Press was denied access to the hearing. He maintains his innocence of the conversation charge. I can't believe the Sheriff when he shrugs asking, isn't this the way the law was intended to work? The ill-prepared, acting Sheriff doesn't understand the difference between a neighborhood being notified of a parolee, and it being motivated into a borderline vigilante action.
Here's Peter Blumberg's Press-Democrat 8/8/97 article...



Read the local Sonoma County ACLU Newsletter and site links, or go to The National ACLU site!

Along with The Local ACLU, help form a broad-based Community Review Panel to bring needed Citizen overview, understanding and input to the various Sonoma County Sheriff & Police agencies. Too often we have seen policy come from a gun barrel and only then justified by a peer-based, in-house closed system.

Here's a darn fine interview with Gary Chapman, Hot Wired was pissed at him for describing "Wired" as yuppie bullshit! { Editor's note! For more "Bull" notes, see the story a little ways down the page...}
Case in Point. knowledge is one of the mob interviewers...
knowledge asks: I'd love to hear what is meant by "yuppie" and "bullshit".. Just for starters, are these bad things?
Gary Chapman: I guess it's the combination of "yuppie" and "bullshit" that makes them bad, although I can't say I have an affinity for either by themselves. :-)


Red Hill is on the top of The Willow Creek Watershed. There's a THP (Timber Harvest Plan) filed by George Sequiera to harvest Fir and Redwood. Roland Wiebe has formed a coalition to beat the clock and purchase the land before the threatened logging.
The O'Bryan Family has very serious concerns. They have water rights on an un-named downhill stream that provides water for Bridgehaven and the 10 or so houses along western Willow Creek Rd. David Katz, of The Sonoma Land Trust and David Hansen of The Sonoma County Open Space District are working thier butts off trying to get funding for the aquisition.
Here's some information from a 8/1 Santa Rosa Press Democrat piece by Pamela Podger about Sonoma County Logging on the hills of The Willow Creek Watershed!


Following the Senator's remark that it's time we take The Bull by the tail and look the problem straight in the eye...

Today, Sunday the 17th, was a regular ol' time around here...
I'd come in from Bodega, stopped for coffee at Java The Hut, chatting with Eric (avec a new "less is more" coif! -- Golly!, now Ernie's sporting that hairstyle as well... But he maintains a goatee with no upstairs hair.) and others. It appeared some cattle were grazing sans fence across Bohemian Hwy, in a yard, front of Michael's house.
With a fresh cup, I wandered over and figured these bulls, not moo-cows but bulls a la Pamplona and Matadors and dancing with death, cultural icons from Greece etc. were about to wander into the road and cause more comotion than needed.

Walking up to the first cultural icon, I made an arm sweep suggesting heading backwards toward a pasture, Salmon Creek and the ranch from whence they came...
Michael stuck his head out the front door, holding a telephone that didn't even need a wire hooked to the wall to talk and hear with, saying these were fiesty cows so he was calling 911 for cows. I didn't hesitate in mentioning these were bulls so re-dial to 911 for Bulls and ask for any really good Matador ideas.
He went back in and that was the last I saw of my telephonic tether to angry beef abatement headquarters.
I'd just read about bull-fights in the San Joaquin Valley where they don't stab and stick swords in the poor animals but use velcro to make it look like the stuff is stuck in. I also thought about getting gored, trampled and tossed by a bull who didn't know what for Velcro and the kinder gentler folks further south.
All in all, They went home and I went back for another cup of coffee before the rest of the day...
Over the next few days, The copsdid come out to give the bulls a ticket for walking all over the yellow line on Bohemian Hwy...
Be it known that here in Freestone, We are at least two almost three weeks ahead of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain!
Ernie said, given the more peaceable nature of the folks around here in Freestone, and not wanting un-do deaths, maybe we ought to have the Running of the Sheep... I can hear it now... "Well, I was just trying to get that sheep over the fence..."
I just don't know about that...

Oh, don't miss The Albion Monitor! A fine e-mag from our progressive North Coast!
Here's some of The Albion Monitor's work documenting Judi Bari and North Coast Earth First! Forest Activists' persecution by The FBI...
Read the fine reports from The Bear Lincoln, Mendocino Reservation/Deputy Violence Trial.

9/24/97... Bear Lincoln was aquitted! A 10-2 jury aquitted him on the murder charges... It had ended up being a question of "Who does the Jury trust?", the testifying deputy or Bear Lincoln...The jury must have found too much reliance on circumstantial evidence and the deputy's changing testimony.
Here's a good story by George Snyder and Manny Fernadez of The Chronicle.
Attorney Tony Serra takes on Systemic Injustice... Course that's if he can convince people that smokin' dope is okay,,, He came out saying it was a fine and dandy way to relax after a hard day of fighting the powers that wish to remain.


Don't let the shine of Computer Technology blind you.
The Internet's potential for good works can, and must overwhelm the flashy, self-aggrandizing, altered narcissistic image the web often reflects.
Embrace the mirror, or use it to view problems and opportunities more clearly?

Drop us a note so's we can
cut off the stamps for little starvin' Sonoma County kids
with only a handed down Volvo to get to
the Food For Thoughtful Ka-zillionaires Market

Okay... So I've got a bunch of Volvo's... Most sitting around in the woods... From a P-1800 to an orange '63 wagon. I can throw darts at them if anyone can... This is a decent start on Volvo sites.

This is a one-a-day link to terminal bemusement... Yogi Berra...

Here's a Waterfall in a place not generally known for it's natural

scenery, Fairfield, Ca.
Bill Wheeler, Tony King and Adam Wolpert painted there for six weeks last year and came back with some surprising reflections of that towns abused beauty. Here's a review of the show.

This work and everything on these pages are the copyright of the authors! Thank you for your respect...

Fairfield Waterfall, ©copyright 1996, Bill Wheeler...


On to The Front Porch & More!...

"Leave your blood in the blood-bank, not on the highway.
See you next week. Ten-Four!"
...Boderick Crawford


"Take it easy... But take it!"
...Studs Terkel

Zowie!!!
I think I saw you just go by....