The Point Arena Lighthouse

February 5, 2015

The Point Arena Lighthouse – in Mendocino County – is located at the westernmost point of the continental USA.  It is a short drive out from the town of Point Arena.  I have been here twice, never getting any closer to the lighthouse than in this photo. The entry fees are stiff – and this last […]

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Beach with two people

A Day at the Beach

February 5, 2015

  I recently took this picture along the Sonoma County coast.  I don’t remember exactly where – but someone who saw it said “Jenner”, so I’ll go with that. We had pulled off of Highway 1 into a turnout where several other cars were parked. It was a typically overcast day. What you don’t see (or […]

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Today is World Cancer Day

February 4, 2015

Today is February 4th: World Cancer Day. It is also the 4th anniversary of my cancer diagnosis. I had gone into Kaiser in the morning with what I thought was hernia. By late that afternoon, after a physical exam and an MRI, I had a frightened doctor on the phone telling me that things were […]

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No smoking sign

Georgetown, California

February 1, 2015

During fits of misplaced ambition, I join meetup groups.  Right now I belong to nine of them.  This doesn’t count other meetup groups that I have joined over the years which have dissolved. Most of them are food related – vegan and raw food.  I watch the meeting announcements fly through my inbox and rarely engage with any of […]

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Tomales Flea Market Sign

In Tomales for the Flea Market

November 7, 2014

I love to sell things.  Just love it.  So from time to time, I go to craft fairs and sell stuff. This all started when I was on chemo.  I decided to take up beading. It ended up being one of the few things I could do during my catatonic states, which became more and more […]

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The Family Farm: Montana

September 20, 2014

Twice in the last year I found myself in the Rockies of Western Montana, not far from Glacier National Park. My father spent his childhood there during the Great Depression with his mother and sister. My grandfather would leave them there for extended periods of time so he could follow work.  My grandmother, my father, and my aunt […]

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Duncan's Mills Railway Depot

Duncan’s Mills, California

September 6, 2014

Felt like doing some urban photography.  “Urban” meaning buildings.  I do a lot of landscapes and nature photography (and love it), but it was time to stretch my wings. I wasn’t feeling so well that Sunday morning. My post-chemo neuropathy had woken me up in the middle of the night and by the morning I […]

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Old Hay Storage building

The Petaluma Riverfront Warehouse District

August 15, 2014

One sunny weekend morning in July Joshua and I headed down to Petaluma’s Riverfront Warehouse District (also referred to as the Warehouse Waterfront District). Bounded on the east by the Petaluma River, the riverfront warehouse district has a long history of mixed use – housing, industrial, and retail. The district’s eclectic nature continues up until the present day. […]

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Roosevelt Island Octagon House

Roosevelt Island, New York City

July 20, 2014

We found ourselves in Manhattan one spring afternoon a few months ago and decided to take a look at Roosevelt Island.  Previously known as Manning’s Island, Blackwell Island, and Welfare Island, Roosevelt Island is located on a narrow spit of land between Manhattan and Queens.  The Island is approximately two miles long and at 800 feet at its widest with a current population of around 12,000. […]

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Point Reyes National Seashore Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock

July 18, 2014

An opportunity had come up last fall to spend the weekend at Pt Reyes Lifeboat Station in the old Coast Guard Station on Drake’s Bay. It was for a writing workshop sponsored by the Point Reyes Field Institute, a nonprofit which helps preserve the seashore and also which provides educational opportunities for children and adults. Over […]

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House in Orange City

Orange, California

July 4, 2014

“The city of Orange is located in Orange County, California. It is approximately 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) north of the county seat,Santa Ana. Orange is unusual in that many of the homes in its Old Town District were built prior to 1920; whereas many other cities in the region demolished such houses in the 1960s, Orange decided to preserve […]

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Laguna de Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, California

June 15, 2014

  Soon after posting these late at night, someone from the City of Sebastopol emailed me and told me to enter a couple of them in their photo contest.  So I did.  You can vote here at Life in Sebastopol.

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Ferndale Cemetery

Ferndale: California’s Victorian Village

May 30, 2014

Although I have been up to the Lost Coast several times, I never took the time or had the opportunity to explore the Victorian Village of Ferndale. This last Mother’s Day, I went up north again, this time with my mother, and with Joshua who decided to come along, too. Ferndale was definitely going to […]

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Placerville Tattoo Parlor Sign

California Gold Country: Placerville Apple Hill, Jackson, Volcano, Sutter Creek, Columbia

May 30, 2014

Over the years, lady killer Paul has been a great road trip buddy.  He doesn’t mind doing all the driving and – unlike me – he actually looks at a map before heading out, figures out the route we are taking, and even jots down several alternative routes. This is an incredible road trip skill. […]

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Lolita Tavern

Loleta, California

May 9, 2014

Loleta is a small town in Northern California.  Its name, Lo Le Tah, came from three Wiyot Indian words meaning “a pleasant place at the end of the water.” Lolita Online We ended up in the tiny town of Loleta over Mother’s Day weekend because my mother likes cheese.  We had been in a few […]

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