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Last week I took a trip to the Sacramento Valley, where almond blossoms were beginning to come out, and the bee hives had been trucked…

Every year at this time, the berries of the Pyracantha and Cottoneaster get ripe—really ripe as in fermented—and the birds go nuts. It sounds like…

I love making all sorts of pastry, especially when there’s construction involved. I have made a bûche almost every year. Here’s the one for Jan…

On Christmas Day, my friend Nancy took me to the Dolphin Club in San Francisco. I am fascinated at the ability of people to be…

In July I visited Corsica, which is a province of France, though I don’t think the inhabitants are too keen about that. (Witness the crossed…

I am fortunate to have family in France and I go as frequently as I can. Before going to St Cannat, a tiny village in…

As a cat person, I am always amazed at the patience and devotion dogs show for their beloved masters. Here are a few sample dogs…

The rains kept coming, on and on until June. I am fortunate in that my expansive view is West-Southwest, perfect for watching the Pacific Storms…

This organization is a treat for those of us who like to draw from real live people. Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School gathers in cities…

For someone who loves painting the human body, this place offered more than a restorative spa experience. The steamy atmosphere hiding and revealing all the…

For my nephew’s wedding, I got the wonderful chance to be responsible for all the flowers, from bridal bouquet to garlands for the church. The…

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