Category Archives: BEST of COLORFUL CLAY

UC Davis / Wilderness Love Story

Note: Brooke and I met forty (40) years ago this week on 10/10/1974.    Ms. Stephanie Towne, class of 2011, a writer and publications assistant with the Cal Aggie Alumni Association asked me the following three questions for a project … Continue reading

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Homer and the Change Can

Plink, plank, plunk … the nuts, bolts, washers and screws all made different sounds as Homer dropped an armload of stuff on the hardware store checkout counter. “That’s quite a selection of stuff you got there, Homer,” said Jennifer the helpful hardware … Continue reading

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What’s in your wallet?

Did you hear about the recent bank heist in Davis where the bandit was refused service because the plastic bags he brought to carry away the loot were not the re-useable type? The frustrated robber argued that Nugget plastic grocery … Continue reading

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Clay vs. Clayton

My given name is Clay, not Clayton, not Claiborne, nor any of number longer, more formal variants. When I was in Kindergarten and learning to write my name, my teacher, Miss Manina, insisted my name was Clayton and that my … Continue reading

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Milagro means miracle. Water means power.

Milagro means miracle.  Water means power.   I mean to sit on this mesa this evening and enjoy the view of Mono Lake and the mountains beyond, and try not to think too much. The creeks that feed this landlocked sea … Continue reading

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Any Puzzler in a Clutch: VW Bug Mystery Story

Dear Tom & Ray (aka Click and Clack)— Recently you were answering a question about clutches and that reminded me of a story that might make a good puzzler. It’s historic and folkloric, and familial. It involves my brother Paul, … Continue reading

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A Father and Son Journey

 Note: I wrote this in 2005 about a year before my dad passed away.   My dad, retired civil engineer Art Brandow (82), loves to visit achievements in engineering.  Natural scenic beauty is more my thing, but I really enjoy helping dad … Continue reading

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