Peter Shelton

Part Two: The Squirrel

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on November 24, 2011

Later, after the adrenaline drained and the ranger left, we started referring to him as The Squirrel. (more…)

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Smokey and the Hash Pipe

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on November 17, 2011

We three Berkeley friends, graduating seniors, headed off on a spring weekday for Point Reyes National Seashore, north of San Francisco. We either didn’t have class that day or didn’t care; it was the end of the year, the end of college. We wanted to frolic on the tremendous flat sand beach, get high, and fling the Frisbee. (more…)

Vinyl: Soundtrack of a Life

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on November 10, 2011

A Facebook friend posted a couple of weeks ago that she was selling all of her vinyl.

She had several hundred LPs to divest, including some still in their wrappers – Beatles, Eric Clapton. She obviously knew their market value. And she admitted to no nostalgia: “I’m getting on with my life,” she wrote. (more…)

Alzheimer’s: What Lies Inside

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on November 3, 2011

W followed M onto the porch to greet us as we pulled in. He looked like one of those Holocaust survivors in the photos, skin-and-bones in their pajamas behind the wire as the Allied troops walked up. (more…)