A Lady’s Place by Mary Jo Gohlke is a look at the rich history of the Philomatheon Club and the first women of Stockton who came here in the mid 1800s when Stockton was a jewel in the crown of California and a major transportation hub along the Delta. A Lady’s Place introduces us to the women who were hosts to some of the most powerful political figures in California. The Philomathean Club members fostered cultural and intellectual gatherings to share their global experiences and provide a backdrop for the political and industrial arena during one of Stockton’s most expansive periods of growth. This group of women grew as the decades passed. They raised the funds necessary to hire designers and contractors to build the structure that stands today as part of historical Stockton. A Lady’s Place is an informative look at a part of Stockton’s rich history that is often overlooked and forgotten but serves as a poignant reminder of the role women played in that history.
Stockton poet David Waldon never set out to be a writer, but once he found his voice, the muse inspired thousands of poems on life, love, politics and the ticking clock in a dying man’s ear. He is the master of the 55-word poem:
One More Night
Ghosts of lost summers
Always touching, yet never touched
Specters on a guitar note
Kisses sweetened by root beer popsicles
Wildflowers beguiling through rolling hills
Ketchup at the corners of your mouth
Floating carefree down the Mokelumne
Top down in the moonlight
A star, our navigator
I wish I may … I wish I might
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A sex scandal, a pair of shootings, and internal racism complicate an obscure college team’s quest for an epic bowl game victory. Black alumni leader Arthur Allenby and white counselor Malcolm Wade join forces to help the CSU team face these and other challenges while struggling to salvage their own embattled romances. Desperation Passes celebrates interracial friendships and emerging leadership roles for African-Americans but ridicules the hypocrisy of administrators who overpay opportunistic head coaches while ignoring the academic deficiencies and dismal graduation rates of student-athletes.