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Getting the fire pit ready

The Not-So-Simple Life

A few years ago I went with my friends Alice (of the Tomales Flea Market and Street Fair) and Teresa (of countless road trips and crazy adventures) to the Not-So-Simple Living Fair in Boonville, California. I am not sure how this happened, but somehow we decided to be vendors because there was no vending fee and it also included free […]

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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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Pond Farm Tool Silhouette

Pond Farm, Guerneville, California

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton I was first introduced to Bauhaus design when I was living in Tel Aviv in the 70’s and 80’s. I didn’t know what Bauhaus was, only that I was looking at crumbling architectural treasures that were stunning inside and out. No one else seemed […]

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Marijuana Pharmacy

Point Arena and Anchor Bay

This excursion started with a magazine article about Point Arena depicting its many charms. It made sense to take a short road trip up there since a bunch of us were already in the beautiful community of Sea Ranch  (located on the northernmost tip of the Sonoma County coastline, along Highway 1). I’ve been to Sea Ranch several […]

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Today is World Cancer Day

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

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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Duncan's Mills Railway Depot

Duncan’s Mills, California

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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Placerville Tattoo Parlor Sign

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

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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A SofA Doorway

My Life As A Pekingese

I woke up on Sunday feeling not that great.  When I was combing my hair, my left leg started aggravating me, like it did when I was on chemo.  I know this sign and I know that It was just a matter of hours before I start limping, followed by a total systems collapse, including depression […]

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Purple flowers at Sonoma Horticultural Nursery

A Soul Sets Out To Find Itself

“With each passing moment, a soul sets off to find itself.” Rumi. Two years ago, on this date, I went to the doctor thinking I had a small hernia. I had just moved, after all, to the yurt in the field.  Moving had taken three weeks, mainly because I had not been feeling well. As […]

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Orange flower at Sonoma Horticutural Nursery

Sonoma Horticultural Nursery

It was time to hang out again with my friend Paul, the ladykiller. He had enjoyed a busy weekend so far, dancing the night away on Friday and attending a potluck dinner on Saturday. Both evenings had been punctuated by a regular stream of ladies inquiring if “he had a girlfriend”. By now it was a […]

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Geese at Shollenberger

Shollenberger Park and the One-Man-Band

  It was Easter Sunday and I was a little out of sorts. Had been sleeping heavily for a week or so. I didn’t know if I was fighting off a cold bug or having one of my post chemo waves of fatigue. Whatever it was, it was definitely time to get out of bed. […]

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Union Street Shop

The Psychic of Union Street

A few months ago our son decided to move to New York City to start a new life with his beautiful, wonderful partner. Having him close by in San Francisco while I was going through chemo had been great, but by the fall I was finished with chemo and it was time for him to […]

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The Muir Beach Overlook

A Day Trip down the 1

It was midweek and I hadn’t seen my friend Bruce for awhile. Readers of this blog will recall that in 2010, Bruce, my friend Teresa, and I had taken a road trip north up U.S.Route 101 through Northern California and into Oregon. We had multiple adventures and finished our trip at the Rogue River for […]

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A Long Weekend in Mendocino and Fort Bragg

This post is about a long weekend spent on the Mendocino coast. Of course there is a cancer story that goes along with this. Lately there is a cancer story involved in everything I do. Perhaps one day I will go on a trip with no cancer story, but that is a different life and […]

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