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    Easy peasy salads

    I used to belong to a group that played a game called Bunco. We got together once a month to play, and each month there was a different hostess who provided food for the affair. One woman who had cooking skills I greatly admired, served a cold pea salad sometimes, and wow, did I love it. Peas are...


    Let’s talk about the walks

    Over the years I have written about a number of topics. Many are the stories of people in the area doing wonderful things for others. Some have been about local service organizations or businesses that help to make this area even better. Some of the stories deal with the Boy Scouts and other youth...


    Hail, Incitatus

    It’s drawing depressingly near - the most bizarre political elevation in human history since Caligula appointed Incitatus to the Roman Senate in 40 A.D., Incitatus being the Emperor’s favorite horse.


    How to design a gravel garden

    Many of us in the Sierra foothills have gravel driveways, paths and roads. This can be a help to gardeners searching for more space to grow a colorful scheme of un-thirsty plants.


    ‘Three-ring circus of love’

    It’s extremely rare to walk into a classroom overflowing with high school juniors glued to every word the speaker is saying, with the room so quiet, one could almost hear that proverbial pin drop.


    And now, Orlando

    The Twin Towers, the Pentagon, Fort Hood, San Bernardino, Flight 93, Little Rock, Boston, and now Orlando. Each of these places is now connected by being targets of Radical Islamic Terrorism. The president won’t utter the words, nor will the presumptive nominee for the Democratic party, but...


    Welcome, Mr. President

    For the 15th time since taking office, he spoke to a nation again shaken to its core by yet another act of senseless hate and terror - this one with a single individual killing 49 and injuring 53 more at a gay nightclub in Orlando - becoming the largest mass shooting in American history.


    Hiking Cathedral Pass in June

    After four years of drought here in Central California, we finally have a decent snow pack. Could it be possible that part of the John Muir Trail over Cathedral Pass in Yosemite National Park was open?


    Plan a dad’s day feast

    Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 19 this year. Even if “Pop” likes to take charge of the barbecue grill on his special day, here are some tasty ideas for an appetizer, a side dish and a couple of desserts. Treat Dad to a relaxing day with family and friends, and of ...


    Howard, what have you done for me lately?

    Many of those under 50 do not remember tax revolt leader Howard Jarvis, who passed away 30 years ago, and yet, perhaps unknowingly, they are benefiting from his legacy. Proposition 13, which limits property taxes and allows local voters to have the final say on new taxes, was Howard’s gift...

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