Undercurrents: A Woman Fears Obama and McCain Misses a Moment

By J. Douglas Allen-Tay
Thursday October 16, 2008 - 09:54:00 AM

Every major political campaign has at least one memorable moment—the point, either, where you later could say that the contest turned, or where some great insight was gained into what it was really all about. -more-

Wild Neighbors: Keeping Time With the Frogs

By Joe Eaton
Thursday October 16, 2008 - 10:13:00 AM

My column about chorus frogs a couple of weeks ago drew a couple of reader inquiries: Why are chorus frogs more resistant to the fungus that is devastating other amphibian species? And how are the chorusers able to stop calling at the same time? -more-

About the House: The Magic of Good Electrical Wiring

By Matt Cantor
Thursday October 16, 2008 - 10:12:00 AM

It’s amazing to me how differently two professionals can do their jobs. This applies to price, efficiency, safety and our comfort in working with the varied commercial connections we all make in our lives. It’s true with medical professionals, auto mechanics and tax accountants and it never ceases to stun me when I encounter either end of the scale. At the low end (and we know how bad things can get there, right?) there are those behind the counter at stores who have such small mandates and cannot seem to manage to provide us with even the most modest bits of service. My personal pet peeve is the clerk who can’t get off the phone with her boyfriend to sell me a roll of floss. -more-

A Rude Survey of Local Hardware Resources

By Jane Powell
Thursday October 16, 2008 - 10:12:00 AM

Matt Cantor’s recent survey of local hardware resources, which I agree with entirely, got me thinking about how much I love hardware stores. I even have a copy of The Periodic Table of Hardware (and you can too, for a mere $11.95 at—not only is it printed on an excellent pegboard background, but you’ll be supporting a local artist as well). -more-


Thursday October 16, 2008 - 10:10:00 AM

Two unusual poetry events at Moe’s Books on Telegraph: Jack Marshall of El Cerrito, long an influential Bay Area writer and teacher, reads Mon. Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; the following Monday the great Nathaniel Tarn, poet, translator and anthropologist, celebrates his 80th birthday, reading and in conversation with Moe’s Owen Hill, after a week of Bay Area events. see or call the Poetry Center (415) 338-2227. Moe’s readings are free. -more-