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Miss Daisy’s Magical Musical Wonderland

I recently spent the night in the big tipi at Miss Daisy’s Magical Musical Wonderland in Sebastopol, California. A friend of mine was having a sing-a-long and decided to hold it at Miss Daisy’s. Although Miss Daisy’s Magical Musical Wonderland is only a few miles from my house, the opportunity to sleep in a tipi and […]

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Purple Flower

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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Lolita Tavern

Loleta, California

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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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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White Buddha Statuette at the Green Gulch Zen Center

Green Gulch Zen Center

“So the secret is just to say ‘Yes!’ and jump off from here. Then there is no problem. It means to be yourself, always yourself, without sticking to an old self.”  Shunryu Suzuki, Founder of the San Francisco Zen Center It was close to Joshua’s birthday in the middle of summer 2012 and I had wanted […]

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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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Egyptian Containers

Belgian Waffles and Egyptian Mummies

Although our original plan after our day in Fresno was to barrel straight through to San Jose for the night, exhaustion and a finite amount of daylight hours made Los Banos a more logical stopping point. Sydnee and I had passed Los Banos on the way down and it had been clear that there would […]

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Iranian American Cultural Festival

Fresno: Japanese Gardens and Iranian Dancers

After the Forestiere Underground Gardens, Sydnee and I still had a few hours of afternoon time before we headed up to San Jose. With a population of over half a million, we figured there would surely be lots of things to do in Fresno.   We asked several people at the Forestiere Gardens what they would […]

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Pomegranate

Fresno: Sicilian Catacombs

an·to·nym: [an-tuh-nim] –noun a word opposite in meaning to another. Fast  is an antonym of slow. Here’s another example: Fresno / Tourism. That said, one Saturday morning my friend Sydnee and I found ourselves hurtling south to spend the day touring Fresno.  The plan was to see the Forestiere Underground Gardens and then continue on […]

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