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4 Reviews For Behind The Locked Door


A Bit of An Itch

A Dog in the Fight

A Doodle A Day

A Few Comments About the Old Sea Gull Cellar Bar

A Few Things I Learned Running A Restaurant

A House Divided

A Look Back at the Trump Years Through the Eyes of Napkin Artist Roy Hoggard

A Modest Proposal For Today

A Personal Mezcal Tasting

A Puerto Vallarta Story

A Simpleton’s Guide to Stock Prices

About the Sea Gull: Once Upon A Redwood by Maria Goodwin

Addicted to Trompudo

Adriana Diaz Enciso: Doleful City of God

After The Election

After the Fire

Alan Graham aka Captain Fathom

Alebrijes Make Me Happy

All Reviews For Behind The Locked Door


America Through Foreign Eyes – A Timely Read

An Indulgent Nostalgic Journey


Appreciating Oaxaca with Saul Bellow and Italo Calvino

Are You Ready For Some Football

Arguing With Myself

Art Science Business

At This Point in Time


Author Interview: Behind The Locked Door

Author’s Night

Ayotnizapa, Tlatelolco, Kent State and More:  Massacres as Public Policy


Bacalao, Christmas, Zihuatanejo and Behind The Locked Door

Behind The Locked Door – 1 – Book Notes

Behind The Locked Door – 2 – Book Notes

Behind The Locked Door – Excerpt 1

Behind The Locked Door – Excerpt 2

Behind The Locked Door – Excerpt 3

Behind The Locked Door – Final Excerpt

Behind The Locked Door – 3 – Quotes and Details

Between Two Earthquakes

Bleak America

Best Commencement Speech Ever

Bonehead Economics Reboot

Bonehead Economics: Things to Know in the Era of Trompudo

Book Review: Came A Horseman by Paul McHugh

Book Review: Autumn by Ali Smith

Book Review: The Lady With Balls by Alice Combs


Buying a Suitcase in Oaxaca


Calm Down and Shut Up: The Politics of Lao Tzu

Cat Fight

Cat Fight 2

Cat Fight Continued

Cellar Bar Napkin Art Christmas Special

Channeling Charles Peguy


Chester Anderson – The Butterfly Kid – Mendocino – The Sixties




Coincidence or Business as Usual

Come Let Us Reason Together

Commencement Season Again

Cooking As Therapy

Cow Hollow Bartender Assaults Seniors

Creativity: Who What When Where Why How

Crepto Klepto

Crossing Borders: Paul Theroux and Stephanie Elizondo Geiest

Daniel Bolelli, Thomas Paine, and St. John of the Cross

De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum

Death and Taxes

Democracy Descending

Divisions and How to Fix Them

Different Times

Do Humans Have Souls?

Do We Live In An Artificial World

Do We Really Need This Tax Cut? Just Askin’

Doctor Harold Robinson

Don Chava Taqueria Cantina

Don’t Miss This

Double Sevens

Doveryai no Peroveryai – Trust, but Verify

Drunkards, Fools, and the United States of America

Easter Thoughts

Easter Thoughts – In Defense of Moderation

Eating the Seed Corn

El Chapo

Emotional Intelligence

Ethical Optimism and Integrity: Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Ex Uno Plures

Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide To Life’s Biggest Questions by Sabine Hossenfelder


Final Trompudo Napkin Art

Fifty Years Ago

Fire and Ice

Fire Redux


First:  Choose to Stay

Follow The Money

For Love of Math: Platonist, Positivist, “Philanderist”

Funny Money

Getting Boinged

Gerardo Navarro Gomez: Art in the Slow Lane

Global Warming: Deniers, Doomers, Dreamers, Doers


Goodbye Bob Avery

Guest Post: A Chicken is a Chicken is a Chicken – Gil Gevins

Guest Post: A Janitor Remembers by Mitchell Zucker

Guest Post: A Little On The Small Side – Gil Gevins

Guest Post:  Groucho and Harpo Save Planet Earth – Mitchell Zucker

Guest Post: A Saint in the Compost by Montgomery Howard

Guest Post: Memories of Symbolic Theater 1985-86 – Mitchell Zucker

Guest Post: My Ghosts – by James Maxwell

Guest Post: My Problems With Republicans – Gil Gevins

Guest Post: Once Upon A Time In The Pigmy Forest by Mitchell Zucker

Guest Post: Origami Place by Hayden Jones

Guest Post: Raven Man by Mitchell Zucker

Guest Post: Short Fiction – “F” by Mitchell Zucker

Guest Post: The Diamond’s Sutra by Mitchell Zucker

Guest Post: The Magic Clock by Mitchell Zucker @ 1990

Guest Post: The Parolee by Mitchell Zucker @ 1979

Guest Post: The Swan and the Sculptor by Mitchell Zucker

Guest Post: There Was A Time – Merlin Tinker (Barry Weiss)

Gurus and Geeks

Happy New Year

Harold Robinson Revisited

Has Amerika Lost Its Mojo?

Have We Outgrown Democracy?


Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again (2)


Home Cooking


Honey, We’re Eating the Kids

How Baseball Channels True Believers, Scientists and Artists

How Happy Or Sad Will You Be When The Election Results Are In?

How I Learned to Eat Escargot

How I Learned To Read And Write

How Richard Brautigan Saved My Life

How to Choose

I Am A Computer Simulation

I Know Everything

Ignorance, Apathy and More

I Want To Write A History of Inequality

Imagination and Reason in the Time of Tragedy: Lao Tzu, Voltaire, Blake, Camus, and Marquez

In a Way Pangloss Was Right

In Oaxaca


Inside the Hologram

It’s All About the Corn

It’s Here – The Kelley House Napkin Art Show

It’s The Inequality Stupid

It’s The Pie, Stupid

Jean St. Hill

Jesus Mezcal and the Easter Bunny

JP’s Books

Judge, That You May Be Judged

Karson’s Favorite National Park – Yellowstone – A Story by Karson Jones

Karson’s Favorite Train – The White Pass & Yukon Railway: A Story by Karson Jones

Keeping the Peace During the Holidays

Keeping Time With Peter Lit

Kelley – Sculptor, Piper, Busker

Kelley House Sea Gull Napkin Art Show

Keynesian Economics and the Sea Gull




Launch Day



Less is More

Life’s Pleasant Surprises

Living With The Lowly Tanoak

Look Homeward Angel and the 1918 Pandemic

Lost Letters Found (To The Sea Gull After the Fire)

Loving Animals in Their Proper Place

Lucys CuCu Cabana

Marriage Of Convenience

Martin Luther King Day 2017

May 11

Mezcal Brings Out Cow Hollow Eatery’s Oaxacan Roots


Mickie and Michael


Monkeying Around: Isak Dinesen, Frida Kahlo, Wislawa Szmborska

Muriel’s Raicilla

Music At The Sea Gull

My Week With Pierre Trudeau

My Zany Valentine

Name Dropping

Napkin Art Channels Drupi’s Vado Via

Napkin Art Gallery Complete For Now

New Book Review For Behind The Locked Door

New – Napkin Art Gallery

New Years 2017 Napkin Art Special

New Years At The Sea Gull – 1975

Oaxaca Earthquake Damage Extensive: Urgent Support Needed

Oaxaca Journal

Oaxacan Wood Carvings: Folk Art or Fine Art?

Oaxaca’s Amazing Graphic Arts Studios

Off With Their Heads

Off The Bus

Oliver Sacks in Oaxaca

One Big Happy Family

One Mendocino Morning

Oyster Stuffing

Pale Horse Pale Rider: Katherine Anne Porter’s Classic Short Story of the 1918 Pandemic

Pandora Box Complex


Persimmons and Mezcal

Planned Obsolescence

Planned Obsolescence Update


Poem by Think in the Morning: A Bee

Poem by Think in the Morning: Analytic Geometry

Poem by Think in the Morning: Basket Case

Poem by Think in the Morning: Between the Days

Poem by Think in the Morning: Blake’s Songs

Poem by Think in the Morning: Bird

Poem by Think in the Morning: Extra

Poem by Think in the Morning: How To Be Happy

Poem by Think in the Morning: Hummingbird

Poem by Think in the Morning: If Stones Could Speak

Poem by Think in the Morning: Lament

Poem by Think in the Morning: Micpapalotel

Poem by Think in the Morning:  Mole

Poem by Think in the Morning: My Ph.D. in Bussing Tables

Poem by Think in the Morning: Nothing

Poem by Think in the Morning: Now

Poem by Think in the Morning: On The Fourth of July 2021

Poem by Think in the Morning: Red in Tooth and Claw

Poem by Think in the Morning: Rue de Marchands

Poem by Think in The Morning: Silly Restaurant Poem

Poem by Think in the Morning: Sloth

Poem by Think in the Morning: The Barranca (for Philip Larkin, Tomas Transtromer Malcom Lowry)

Poem by Think in the Morning: The Crossing

Poem by Think in the Morning: The Lion

Poem by Think in the Morning: The Man in the Zocalo

Poem by Think in the Morning: The Old Sea Gull Cellar Bar

Poem by Think in the Morning: The Prisoner and the Fish

Poem by Think in the Morning: There Ain’t Any Tree

Poem by Think in the Morning: Three Deer

Poem by Think in the Morning: Truth

Poem by Think in the Morning: Two Poems

Poem by Think in the Morning: Ode to Spring

Poem by Think in the Morning: What Can We Know

Poem by Think in the Morning: Where The Blood Red Huckleberry Grows

Poems – 1

Poems – 10

Poems – 11

Poems – 12

Poems – 13

Poems – 14

Poems – 15

Poems – 2

Poems – 3

Poems – 4

Poems – 5

Poems – 6

Poems – 7

Poems – 8

Poems – 9

Political Antinomians

Pop Goes The Weasel

Possibility in an Impossible World

President’s Day Thoughts

Prince 1958-2016

Random Thoughts on David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress

Reading A Little Bit At A Time

Reading In The Time Of COVID

Reading Oaxaca


Reassessment II

Rebuild Part I: Fits and Starts

Rebuild Part II:  The New Sea Gull Restaurant

Recordar es Vivir

Remembering Big Al

Remembering The Sea Gull Restaurant

Restaurant Review: Tobaziche

Road Tripping To World Peace: Interlude II – Alexander von Humboldt

Road Tripping Toward World Peace: Interlude I

Road Tripping Toward World Peace: Part I – For Anthony Bourdain

Road Tripping Toward World Peace: Part II – For Anthony Bourdain

Roy Hoggard

Science Fiction, Economics And Life: Hao Jingfang’s Vagabonds

Sea Gull Cellar Bar Napkin Art Show

Sea Gull Cellar Bar Remembered

Sea Gull Jazz Special: Judy Mayhan, Kiyoshi Tokunaga and John Gilmore

Sea Gull Recipe Series – Chicken Kiev

Sea Gull Recipe Series – Oysters Bouillabaise

Sea Gull Recipe Series – Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sea Gull Recipe Series – Sticky Buns

Sea Gull Recipe Series – Sweetbreads


See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil


Shaking Hands With Your Twin

Short Fiction – A Cautionary Tale Based on Personal Experience

Short Fiction – Cado Maestro Tiene Su Librito (Every Teacher Has His Little Book)

Short Fiction – Charlotte Marie

Short Fiction – Charlotte Marie (A Sequel, The Snake)

Short Fiction: Chekhova – With Assistance From Marlene Hall

Short Fiction: Dandelion

Short Fiction – Desipio: First Part

Short Fiction – Desipio: Last Part

Short Fiction – Don’t Explain It Away

Short Fiction – Emma Of White Rushes

Short Fiction – Fletcher

Short Fiction – Friend Me

Short Fiction – Happy Pops

Short Fiction – Henry’s Woodpeckers

Short Fiction – Hi-Tech Burnout

Short Fiction – Huckleberry Blood

Short Fiction – If I Were Dead

Short Fiction – Intestinal Fortitude

Short Fiction – In The Clover

Short Fiction – Lois

Short Fiction – Menage A Trois

Short Fiction – Mendocino Wind

Short Fiction – Money Chase

Short Fiction – My Cocaine Daze

Short Fiction – Nahual

Short Fiction – Reclaiming Willard’s Trophies

Short Fiction – Redwood Brain

Short Fiction – Ribeauville

Short Fiction – Salt Fog

Short Fiction – Seduction

Short Fiction – Statue: Inspired By Fleur Jaeggy’s Water Statues

Short Fiction – Tag Along (for Anthony Bourdain)

Short Fiction – The Argument

Short Fiction – The Barula Ching

Short Fiction – The Escape

Short Fiction – The Inheritance

Short Fiction – The Optimist

Short Fiction – Three Weeks In Mexico

Short Fiction – Tommy’s Secret

Short Fiction – Traveling to Oaxaca

Short Fiction – Traveling to Oaxaca Ending

Short Fiction – Traveling to Oaxaca Part II

Short Fiction – Traveling to Oaxaca Part III

Short Fiction – Traveling to Oaxaca Part IV

Short Fiction – Twenty Dollar Bill

Short Fiction – Two Oysters

Short Fiction: Zihuatanejo

Short Fiction: After the Accident – A Love Story

Short Fiction: Bailey

Short Fiction: Big Fish

Short Fiction: Chief Thunderbolt – For Merle Haggard

Short Fiction: Dora

Short Fiction: Garcia Garcia

Short Fiction: Green Leaves, Muted Flowers, Darkness

Short Fiction: Here I Am Washing Dishes

Short Fiction: Horace Cucumber: A Cautionary Story For Parents With Unruly Children

Short Fiction: How Was Yelapa?

Short Fiction: Jamaica

Short Fiction: Madge

Short Fiction – Maya

Short Fiction: Margaret

Short Fiction: Sundayed – A Sort of True Sea Gull Story

Short Fiction: The Backpack

Short Fiction: The Dead Man

Short Fiction: The Dust Gatherers

Short Fiction: The Genesis of the Rabbit

Short Fiction: The Heisenberg Cut: Behind The Locked Door Lost Chapter

Short Fiction: The Last Time

Short Fiction: The Test

Short Fiction: Where is Santiago?

Short Fiction: Women Alone

Short Short Story: The Last Race

Shy Red

Smog I Am


Some Optimistic Reads On Christmas Day 2016

Some Personal Thoughts On Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet

Some Personal Thoughts on Death

Some Traditional Markets of Oaxaca

Sortition:  Selection of Public Officials By Random Selection

Special Thanksgiving Napkin Art Special

State of the Union

States I Have Visited – by Karson Jones (7 years old)

Steps to Security

Summer Read: Eleutheria by Allegra Hyde

Summer Read: “F” by Daniel Kehlmann

Summer Read: Klara And The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Summer Read: Mouth To Mouth by Antoine Wilson

Summer Read: Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

Summer Read: The Verifiers by Jane Pek

Summer Read: “TRUST” by Hernan Diaz


Taking A Break

Ten Good Summer Reads

Tell Me Again, Why Is It Called Happy Hour

The 1918 Pandemic and Willa Cather’s One Of Ours

The 1918 Pandemic As Seen By John O’Hara

The Art of Empty Spaces

The Art of the Deal

The Art of the Lie

The Attack of the Fifty Food Baby

The Attic – Where Artists and Browsers Can Meet

The Attic Gallery Art-In – Part I

The Attic Gallery Art-In – Part II

The Attic Gallery Art-In – Part III

The Bartender

The Best Giant’s Catcher – Buster Posey – A Story by Karson Jones

The Bliss of Absent Mindedness

The Code of Hoggard

The Coffee Shop

The Complexity of Hypocrisy in the Age of Donald Trump

The Crooked Tree

The Daily Special

The Downside of Inheritance

The End of Cash?

The Evolution of a Book Cover

The Frolic Cafe – Chapters 1-20

The Eyes Have It

The Fourth of July – Tom Paine Day

The Genius of Roy Hoggard

The Goldilocks Life

The Greatest Heist in History

The High Muckety Mucks and the Hoi Polloi

The Kelley House – The Sea Gull – Mendocino History

The Kid Who Love His Grandparents So Much by Carter Jones

The Last Town On Earth: A Recent Novel on the 1918 Pandemic

The Last Zapotec Princess

The Lowly Frog

The Meaning of Life

The Medium is the Message: David Wallace, Marshall McLuhan, Delarosa Redux

The Mendocino Gong Show at the Sea Gull Cellar Bar 10-20-1982

The Mendocino Shuffle

The Minute Particulars

The New Pied Piper of the Sea Gull

The Oscars

The Paucity of Debate

The Phoenix Myth

The Real National Emergency in America

The Realm of the Senses

The Rich Get Richer

The Sad Story of Three Misfits

The Sea Gull As Art

The Sea Gull Blogs – Mendocino A Half Century Ago

The Sea Gull Paintings

The Sea Gull Saga – Part I

The Sea Gull Saga – Part II

The Sea Gull: A Short History of Its Location in Space

The Shell

The Super Bowl Indicator and Other Nonsense

The Tragedy of Maxim Gorky: What It Means For Us Today

The Tree by John Fowles

The Trickster: Clifford Irving in Oaxaca

The Trolley Problem and the Winter of Our Discontent

The Tygers of Wrath

The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

The Upside of the Coronavirus

The Waitress and the Rat

The Wanda Tinasky Affair

The Watchful Eyes of the Censors

There Will Be Hell To Pay

Think in the Morning – Splat in the Afternoon

Think in the Morning, It’s Good For You

This I Believe

Tis Folly To Be Wise

Tis The Season

To My Readers

Tough Love

Tre Piatti: Food and Art in Puerto Vallarta

Trompudo Napkin Art – 1

Trompudo Napkin Art – 2

Trompudo Napkin Art – 3

Trompudo, A Literary Phenomena

Trompudo’s Revolution

Trouble On The Hill

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Two State Parks and a Red Tailed Hawk

Udder Nonsense

Uncle Ned

Under the Weather

Us And Them

Volver (To Return)

Was It Really That Wild


We Are The World

We Cracked Pots Have A Sense of Humor

Welcome to the American Kleptocracy

What A Teacher Can Do

What About the Grandkids?

What I’m Reading – David Dephy

What Does It Mean to be an American?

What is the Economic Impact of Natural Disasters?

What Might Be; What Is

What’s Past Is Prologue

What’s With All the Elephant Napkins?

When to Compromise

When to Stop

Where Are The Christians?

Where the Artists Play

While We Are Out

Who’s On First?

Why Does “The Bad” Drive Out “The Good”

William Blake Today

William Blake’s Lark

William Maxwell’s They Came Like Swallows

Wind Lightening Thunder Rain