A Lifetime Defending the Dolphins

Our youngest, the Kid, turns 21 next month. Yes, it’s a milestone–perhaps more than ever, now, during this pandemic–and it turns out I have the perfect gift for her. Even when university was not suspended–spring break became shelter-at-home–the Kid lacked a clear direction. Didn’t quite yet know what she wanted for herself later in life. […]

The Perfect Murder

This entire scenario reminds me of 1997, when the Chief and I, returning from Auckland to Cabo San Lucas, experienced two Easter Sundays over the course of one calendar day. OK–so it involved transiting the International Date Line; still, it was a little unsettling, if not exhausting. I might not know what day it is […]

Here There Be Monsters

Here we still are, sailing into the unknown, all hands on deck and expecting virtually anything in the absence of reliable charts. While I will admit we may have gone overboard with some public restrictions–especially those outdoor activities during which a safe distance can be maintained–the time has not yet come to open entirely. It’s […]

Be An Asset

During times such as these you realize which people you’d want in the proverbial foxhole with you. They make themselves plain by their behavior, by how they confront crisis, and it’s easy to recognize one as an asset and another as a liability. But, during times such as these, we–each of us–have to be an […]

We at the Valley Voice hope everyone has remained safe, healthy, and emotionally strong during this trying time. Unfortunately, there will be no print editions until shelter-in-place is lifted and this ghastly virus is defeated. Here’s a thumbnail summary of fresh content be posted on our website, with an expected ETA of 7pm on 16 […]

No Flaneuring

About this time two years ago we were in Azerbaijan with our old college friend Alison. While this is remarkable in its own right–hell, the very idea of a vacation is remarkable right now–what sticks out in my mind is an epic walk Alison and I took one day. She wanted to revisit some of […]

Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine

The above, I believe, can be credited to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at University of Washington. What I would like you to take notice of is California’s curve on this graph. That’s us, at the very bottom. Which means we’re at the top of our game when it comes to social distancing […]

Kaweah Delta announces website feature to notify public of COVID-19 patients

From KDHCD: Kaweah Delta has launched a new feature on its website to provide Tulare County residents with information on the number of positive COVID-19 patients inside the Medical Center. This new feature will be updated daily, Monday through Friday, at www.kaweahdelta.org/covid19. “This update underscores that COVID-19 is here in our community and it’s important […]

VUSD Closures Extended to May 1

by Dave Adalian Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) campuses will remain closed through at least May 1 due to COVID-19, after district trustees voted to extend the current cessation of in-person classes. Should conditions improve so that infection rates are steady and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s shelter-at-home order is lifted, the trustees empowered Superintendent Dr. Tamara […]