Category Archives: Columns

A TALE OF CONFLICTING CONVICTIONS INEXORABLY JOINED AT THE KNEE

FROM THE CARMEL PINE CONE OCT 13, 2017 BY JERRY GERVASE DESPITE ITS recognition nationally, the Pine Cone is a local paper in a relatively small town. As such it covers local issues, as well it should. Sometimes issues, like … Continue reading

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The things we did before we did the things we do now

BEFORE TELEVISION: Attendance at dinner was mandatory. Mom, dad, grandma and three altar boys so grace was mandatory, too. We talked. After dinner, dishes washed and dried by hand. Then we sat around the radio. It was a Zenith console … Continue reading

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Hey, all you bronco bustin’ Bach buckaroos, start your engines, let’s cruise

One of my favorite Bill Bates cartoons is so representative of this time of year on the Monterey Peninsula that it should be made into a poster and displayed in every commercial and government building. It depicts a motorcycle rider … Continue reading

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Sharing a joint with a constant reader on one of our main drags

An idea pops into my head then begins to take form on an empty computer monitor. Several rewrites later the idea and the words are examined by the keen eyes of a discerning editor. Then through a process I do … Continue reading

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The real saga of wounded knee or take my patella, please

 “I shall not be here/I shall rise and pass/Bury my heart at Wounded Knee,” Steven Vincent Benet. Wounded Knee, South Dakota, was the location of the last major confrontation between the U.S. Army and American Indians. My Scenic View this … Continue reading

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REMEMBERING JOAN FONTAINE

This story appeared in the December 20 issue of the Carmel Pine Cone.  www.carmelpinecone.com Yummy. Can you believe that Joan Fontaine said I was yummy? I’ll never forget the night three years ago. My anticipation was almost trumped by my … Continue reading

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Biff, bam, pow, sock – when it was Toonsday in Carmel

Being new to the Carmel Pine Cone several readers have asked me to tell them something about my background. Before becoming a journalist I was … well there is no getting around it  … I was a cartoon character living … Continue reading

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CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL TOOTH FAIRY

As a young man I decided I would be the “best” something one could be. I wanted to be the best catcher in the rye but Holden Caufield beat me to it. So I decided to become the world’s best … Continue reading

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The 4th of July is more than BBQs and parades

The 4th of July is my favorite holiday. Fresh corn slathered with butter, burgers a’grillin’, tomatoes, ice cream, and anyone who mentions carbs gets sent skyward attached to a bottle rocket. It’s a day when it is politically correct to … Continue reading

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SAFE AT HOME – UNLESS YOU ARE ME

Every man’s home may be his castle but as we know from medieval times, castles can be dangerous places. The statistics on accidents in the home are staggering – twenty thousand deaths a year; seven million disabling injuries, and twenty … Continue reading

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