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Quivira: Wine, Women, and Vegetables

A few weeks ago my sister in law told me that she was going to be heading up to Quivira Winery in Healdsburg. She informed me that in addition to the winery, there was also an organic garden and would I be interested in going? I’m not a drinker, but I am a gardener, so of course, I said […]

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City of 10,000 Buddhas

My first trip to the City of 10,000 Buddhas was in the spring of 2009. I with a man I was very much in love with.  I recently found a photo of myself from that day. I am standing on the side of the road, almost levitating with joy. The next time I was there, […]

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Tunnel to McWay Falls

Travels without Charlie: The Monterey Peninsula and Highway 1

I love road trips. I hadn’t been on one with my friend Paul since our Gold Country trip and so I asked him if he’d like to be my road trip buddy somewhere.  He said yes – and how about Monterey and Carmel? Done. Paul called me a few days later and told me he […]

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Early Morning at Sea Ranch

A Late January Morning in Sea Ranch, CA

 

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RIP Steve Jobs

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as  if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an  impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the  mirror every morning and asked myself: “If […]

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The River Styx

The river of which many know its name, without knowing its origin or what it really stood for. A river that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead. Styx it is said winds around Hades (hell or the underworld are other names) nine times.(Encyclopedia Mythica: Styx (River) by Michael Dawson) […]

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The Hot Dog Bar at the Pilot Travel Center

Truck Stops: Blessed Havens of Comfort and Relief or Shameless Dens of Iniquity?

Truck stops have always held a distinct, gritty fascination for me.  What goes on there, anyway?  Who goes there? What do they do when they are there? How do I find out? Where are all the truck stops, anyway? In pursuit of this story I came up with several strategies for solving these mysteries, one […]

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