A snow covered Empire Mine

A snow covered Empire Mine

INSIDEBAYAREA.COM: December 12, 2014

All that glitters is not gold. Some of it comes from the twinkling lights heralding Christmas in California’s Gold Country. Continue Reading »

MONTCLARION: December 5, 2014

It’s been an unsettling time for neighbors who live near the Huckleberry Preserve. Last week’s fatal shooting stripped away some of the tranquility we felt on that meandering trail framed by berry bushes and Manzanitas and soft, sweeping vistas. Continue Reading »

MONTCLARION: November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Minnesota! When it comes to gobblers, California’s got nothing on my home state. In fact, Minnesota is America’s top turkey producer with 49 million birds raised annually. Continue Reading »

HILLS NEWSPAPERS: November 21, 2014

Please forgive Santa if he ditches his sleigh for a bike in the Livermore Valley. More than 8 miles of bike lanes and trails connect 16-plus wineries in this pleasantly rural wine region. Continue Reading »

MONTCLARION: November 19, 2014

Darkness comes early on late fall days. And it’s not just humans who have trouble adjusting. Animals seem confused by the lack of daylight — as witnessed by the number of nocturnal critters coming out during the afternoon commute. Continue Reading »

November 14, 2014

It all started with a couple of turkeys. No, this isn’t a story of the first Thanksgiving. It’s the tale of a Berkeley writer who decided to raise her own backyard Butterballs. Continue Reading »

imageNovember 7, 2014

In the world of slobbering kisses, dogs beat cats every time. But when it comes to stress relief, cats have the market cornered, thanks to the country’s first cat café – right here in Oakland. Continue Reading »


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