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MONTCLARION: May 30, 2014

The need for caffeine can make motorists do dangerous things. The other day I was sitting in Montclair, grande mocha in hand, watching the traffic patterns of a Village fueled by coffee shops on almost every corner. Continue Reading »

MONTCLARION: May 23, 2014

I’m going out on a limb with this. I sincerely hope no one’s offended. Of all the Greek wines I tried last weekend, there’s one I will not buy again.

I do not like retsina. I do not like this Greek wine. I don’t like it with Dolmas. I don’t like it with lamb. I won’t even drink it with green eggs and — you get the point. Continue Reading »

MONTCLARION: May 16, 2014

“A dream is a wish your heart makes.” That’s what Dick Callahan told my students recently at Saint Mary’s College. The longtime public address announcer for the Oakland A’s knows something about dreams — as one of only 30 people in the world who do what he does — announce major league baseball games. Continue Reading »

MERCURY NEWS.COM: May 16, 2014

I had to pinch myself. Twice. This chiseled cowboy was singing a love song just for my girlfriends and me. And when he finished, he ambled over to the saddle-shaped bar stool and poured us all drinks. Continue Reading »

MONTCLARION: May 8, 2014

April showers bring May flowers. Pretty, indeed, yet there’s one yellow bud that we don’t want to see — the bloom on a leggy French broom. Continue Reading »

MONTCLARION: May 2, 2014

The night has a thousand eyes. Two of them were locked onto Melissa the other night. The hills mom, who just moved here from Oklahoma, was out looking for owls with her flashlight when she spotted a strange set of eyes in a tree. Continue Reading »

Mercurynews.com: May 2, 2014

I’ve never been a fan of head lettuce. Baby greens are more my style. But when I tasted that crisp wedge of iceberg, chilled to perfection and drizzled with Green Goddess dressing, I found salad utopia.

An epiphany like this — albeit an edible one — comes naturally when you’re in the “Salad Bowl of the World,” the agricultural region known as the Salinas Valley. Continue Reading »

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