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Rubys Musings
The Three R’s : Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” ― Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt I had lost m...

See The Sacramento River ... By Car
"Extraordinary Images of the Devastating Drought in the West"

See striking photos of the worst of the drought (so far) in an article in the Daily Mail (U.K.).  (Note:  "Rye Path" should be Rye Patch.)***

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Bamboo and More
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 2

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 2

In part 1 of this 3-part series on the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (MCBG) I showed you the entrance plantings and the nursery. In this post we’ll take a look at the Perennial Garden in the large meadow just down the steps from the entry plaza. (In the next photo,...

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The Blue Muse
My favorite weekend of the year: The Reno Air Races

Sep 18, 2014
My favorite weekend of the year: The Reno Air Races

Grumman F7F-Tigercat "La Patrona" formerly known as "El Hefe" and ALWAYS "Big Boss Man" to me.It's the rumble of history overhead. The thrill of neck-and-neck competition. The smell of avgas and desert. As I penned in my Ode to the Reno Air Races ...

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Sacramento Magazine
‘Cirque Peking’

Sep 17, 2014


Sacramento Magazine
‘Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art’

Sep 17, 2014


Sacramento Magazine
Legends of Wine

Sep 17, 2014


Sacramento Magazine
Seventh Annual Fire Spectacular


Bamboo and More
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 1

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 1

In my last post I showed you the impressive gardens of the Surf Motel in Fort Bragg, CA. Just a few miles south on Highway 1 is another very special place I didn’t even know existed: the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (MCBG). I have been up and down...

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Tahoe Truckee Outdoor
Forest Fire Smoke returns to Lake Tahoe

Forest Fire Smoke returns to Lake Tahoe

The King Fire smoke cloud.The smoke that rolled in on Sunday may stick around through Monday. The wind is pushing smoke up from the King Fire in El Dorado County east of Pollock Pines. CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service say the fire has burned 3,900 ...

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