Joe Mathews on kindergarten

My First Week of Kindergarten

“Wait, Daddy,” you say.

You are 5, and you have your priorities. You are reassembling the wooden train tracks into a new configuration. You are building an airplane hangar out of …


If California Cows Could Talk

If California Cows Could Talk

I am a California dairy cow. Mmmm—oo.

Surprised to hear from me? In normal times, I wouldn’t be inclined to cooperate with the anthropomorphic scheme of a writer desperate for a …


A fireworks stand in Alhambra at the border of L.A. and South Pasadena

How Fireworks Divide California

If you venture out to Fourth of July weekend events around California, you’ll probably hear high talk about how Independence Day is a celebration of the things we Americans supposedly …