Shantaram, alone and lost in mental illness

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA/EUREKA – Waving from behind the wheel of his sleek white Lotus Elise, he’s the dapper, dashing young wizard in his powder blue stage tuxedo, headed off to dazzle eight-year-olds at a birthday party. Ask Shantaram the Magician how he made that coin disappear, turned a handkerchief into a



And now for something completely different: a Silly Crosswalk

In Facebookland, it’s all so simple. There’s a deus ex machina for every societal ill – solar roadways, skyscraper farms, pollution-eating robots… and so on. You wonder how these miracle fixes might fare in the real word, and why so few seem to come into common use. Not that I oppose these devices – some


Shoshanna the Halloween Fairy and Death, a prize-winning pumpkin carving by Mike Craghead - photo by Bob Doran

The Hum ~ 10/26 ~ A Week for the Dead

The holidays are upon us. As we begin our stumble toward the new year, we find one reason or another to celebrate, to forget our troubles and to remember we’re alive. Kicking things off we have Halloween, an Americanized version of All Hallows’ Eve, day one of Allhallowtide, three-days where Christians remember the dead, including



Women’s Soccer Closes Out Season Against Golden Eagles and Toros

HSU Sports ARCATA – Humboldt State women’s soccer wraps up its regular season when it hosts California Collegiate Athletic Association matches against Cal State Los Angeles Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday at 11:30 a.m. HSU enters the weekend with a 4-11-1 record overall and is 2-7-1 in CCAA competition after


Obituary: Diann E. DoBran

Diann E. DoBran passed away Oct. 21, 2016. She was born in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 28, 1941 to Paul and Hedwig Elliott. She was married to Michael C. DoBran on Dec. 31, 1960 and was just shy of celebrating their 53rd Anniversary before his passing on Oct. 20, 2013. Diann was a feisty 4



The Hum ~ 10/19 ~ Humboldt?

Humboldt? What does that word mean to you? Humboldt is a place, a county where I’ve lived most of my life, but it’s more than that. It’s become a brand with an ever shifting meaning. As you might guess, this column gets its name from Humboldt. This summer, in between writing the column, I’ve been