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A French Girl Friday Post Sat, 29 Nov 2014 01:20:00 +0000 0 Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 28: Brotherly Love Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:59:00 +0000 My first memory, as impossible as it seems, is of my brand new baby brother being carried through the back door of our two-bedroom, white house in Omaha.  We moved out of that house when I was entering the first grade and we forever after referred to that house as “the White House.”

I could not believe my parents were bringing me – at two years old – a real, live doll of my own to play with and care for and love.  Mom later told me she would wake up in the morning to find me in the new baby’s crib playing “mom.”  I fed him, held him and played with him for hours on end.

This was Other Brother’s arrival into the world, not Robert’s.

Robert arrived a few years later and even though I was five years old at the time and probably should remember another new bundle of joy being brought into the house, I have no recollection of it in the least.  Robert’s entrance into the world was memorable for Mom, however – he broke her tailbone.  The doctor also actually used forceps to help deliver Robert (yeah, I can’t believe that is an actual tool sometimes used during childbirth).

Robert literally came into the world kicking and screaming. (I’m pretty sure Mom was too).

Ever since finding out how traumatic Robert’s birth must have been, I wondered if that somehow contributed (or caused) his epilepsy.

Despite this rocky start and subsequent years of our young parents doing their best even while they battled depression, Bipolar disorder, substance abuse and Robert’s epilepsy, I remember a happy childhood.

Much of that was because of these two guys.

A goofy moment between brothers

Maybe it was because of everything happening in our household that Other Brother and I forged a strong bond that remains to this day. I wasn’t always close to Robert but that changed once I took over his care. 

I know that Other Brother is someone I can count on for support not only for me but also for Robert.  I know that when the three of us are together there is laughter and love and an appreciation of our time together.  We don’t really know what the future holds for Robert, particularly with his decline and increased seizures, but we don’t dwell on that when we’re together.  (We might joke about it with each other in a sick, morbid humor kind of way but definitely don’t dwell on it.)

We have never really known what the future held for Robert but this uncertainty (and the chaos of a crazy family) taught us to enjoy what we have right now and not to take ourselves too very seriously. 

I cherish the laughter and joking and love when the three of us are together and know that this strong bond was borne out of adversity (including epilepsy). I also know that it remains even when we are not in the same room together.  

My wish for everyone with epilepsy is that they have family or friends that are just as supportive and who will always be there for them.  Adversity is best traveled together and I am fortunate to have my two brothers always by my side.

Other Brother and Robert aren’t known for their sap and mushy ways (they leave that to me, obviously) but I think I detected a “moment” between them during the interview.

Maybe my sappy ways are rubbing off on them!

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All the winners of Nevada City Chamber awards Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:38:40 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Music, music, music this weekend and more to come Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:48:00 +0000 0 The Great Dickens Christmas Fair (Part 3): Tasty Bites Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:12:25 +0000 There are so many food choices at the Dicken’s Fair, but I had kept reading about how wonderful these little pies were. How tempting they all looked stacked up on the racks. Hmm, what should I get? Steak and Mushroom Pie! Mmmm!!! The crust on top is like a croissant. Sooo delicious, and piping hot. Favorite of the day. I shared one with the Blue D. and wanted more, but knew we had more food to try. Fish and Chips, hot and crispy– definitely a winner. We really wanted to try some bangers and mash, but we had reservations for high tea in a few hours. So the Blue D. got a tiny cup of Turkish coffee from Mr. Brown’s Fine Coffees and Teas. I tried a tiny sip–it was strooong, but at least it had a touch of sweetener in it. Blue D. liked it. I guess though, that’s how strong I apparently used to make coffee. You see, I’ve never been a coffee drinker. Coffee ice cream, coffee candy, coffee desserts–yes. Straight coffee to drink–no. I never knew that the coffee I made for the Blue D. while we were dating was apparently industrial strength. He always smiled and […] ]]> 0 Friday’s Hot Tip: Casey Robin Prints and Stationery Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:32:20 +0000 Continue reading
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“BYLT’s 2014 Treks program was the most ambitious year yet. With almost 80 outings, lectures, classes, and community events we enticed over 1000 people to get outdoors and learn something new about our beautiful Sierra Nevada homeland.  In 2015, with our 25th Anniversary just around the corner, we have many more special events and outings planned. Happy holidays and happy trails!,” said Community Program Manager Melony Vance.  

The holiday lineup kicks off this Friday, Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving, with the 5th Annual Turkey Trek. It’s a perfect opportunity to get off the couch, call friends or grab the kids and head out for a hike. 

BYLT will host this year’s unguided, free, no-reservation-required hike from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Loma Rica Trail. Meet at the Horsemen’s Arena at the intersections of Brunswick Rd, Town Talk Rd, and Bubbling Wells Rd just south of the Brunswick Basin

The trail starts out along Brunswick Road, crosses over Idaho Maryland Rd, and ascends across a meadow and through the woods, ending at Loma Rica Road.

This mostly level, easy walk is approximately three miles round trip. Remember to bring water, layered clothing and good hiking shoes.

Next up, amateur historian Brian Bisnett will lead the first ever BYLT Salmon Spawning Trek on the Yuba River near the town of Smartsville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. This adventure begins at the Blue Point Mine then heads to Rose Bar to see the salmon and learn about fishery remediation efforts. From there, trekkers will loop back toward the mine, stopping to check out the Blue Point tunnel exit and air shaft. This is a level, moderate four mile hike.

Space is limited and requires registration and pre-payment.

$12 BYLT members, $17 Not-yet-members   

Joe Medeiros, a biologist at Sierra College and Editor of the Sierra College Press will lead BYLT’s last Armchair Trek of the year, Sierra Superlatives from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City.

Medeiros’ slide-illustrated lecture program focuses on the majesty of the four hundred mile long, three miles high, Sierra Nevada. John Muir’s “Range of Light” is home to the highest peak in the lower 48 states, glaciers, giant sequoias and thousands of species of plants and animals. Medeiros has taught college biology, botany and ecology for more than 35 years and has hiked and photographed the mountain range for even longer. 

There are no reservations required, for this armchair trek with a suggested donation of $10.

The Land Trust will wrap up its 2015 trekking program with a free trek on Empire Mine State Historic Park’s Union Hill Trails on Tuesday, Dec. 16. This is a level, moderately easy 3 mile loop. Meet at the Gold Hill Trailhead adjacent to the parking area at the end of Gold Hill Drive. Bring water, dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes.

This hike is the final in a year-long monthly series called Treks on Tuesday, celebrating the trails mapped and described on BYLT’s online Trails Portal and printed in a collection of laminated trail cards available at area retailers. BYLT’s popular trail cards can be found at: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Outside Inn, The Earth Store, Mountain Recreation and BYLT’s office.

Besides conserving 9,000 acres of land within the Bear and Yuba watersheds for farms, wildlife corridors and healthy forests, Bear Yuba Land Trust is committed to getting people outdoors to connect with nature. To date, BYLT has built more than 35 miles of local trails and regularly provides opportunities for people to engage with the land. Stay tuned for another great lineup in 2015 as BYLT invites the community to come together to celebrate 25 years of saving land.

For more information, visit: or contact Melony Vance at or 272-5994 x 200.

Know and Go:
What: Bear Yuba Land Trust’s 5th Annual Turkey Trek - Loma Rica Trail
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28

Where: Loma Rica Trail. Meet at the Horsemen’s Arena; intersection of Brunswick Road, Town Talk Road and Bubbling Wells Road, just south of the Brunswick Basin
Cost: Free, no reservation required.
Level: Easy; three miles round trip. 
Get off the couch, call your friends, grab the kids and head out to hike off Thanksgiving dinner!  This year BYLT will host a non-guided hike on the Loma Rica Trail. Hikers will follow Brunswick Road, pass Loma Rica Ranch, cross Idaho Maryland Rd, walk through a meadow and woods before ending at Loma Rica Road. Bring water, dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes.

What: Bear Yuba Land Trust’s First Salmon Spawning Trek on the Yuba
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6

Where: Near the town of Smartsville
Cost: $12 BYLT members, $17 Not-yet-members   
A new trek for BYLT! Brian Bisnett will lead this trek from the Blue Point Mine to Rose Bar on the Yuba River for a look at spawning salmon and a lesson in fishery remediation efforts. Participants will see a mine tunnel and air shaft along the way. Level:  Moderate, 4 miles. 
Pre-register and pay at:
Contact Melony Vance for more information: at or (530)272-5994 x200

What: Armchair Trek: Sierra Superlatives
When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11

Where: Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada City
Cost: Suggested donation $10
Joe Medeiros, biologist from Sierra College will lead a slide-illustrated lecture showcasing the majesty of the Sierra Nevada - glaciers, giant sequoias and thousands of species of plants and animals. Medeiros’ presentation will summarize the physical, biological and ecological character of John Muir’s “Range of Light.”  Joe has taught college biology, botany and ecology for more than 35 years and has hiked and photographed the Sierra for even longer. 
No reservation required.

What: Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Treks on Tuesday - Union Hill Trails
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Meet at the Gold Hill Trailhead
Cost: Free. No reservation required.
Level: Easy to moderate. 
The final BYLT community trek for 2014 is on Empire Mine State Historic Park’s Union Hill Trails. This nearly three mile free hike is part of an ongoing monthly series called Treks on Tuesday highlighting trails mapped on BYLT’s online Trails Portal. Bring water, dress weather appropriate and wear good walking shoes.
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Lawsuit Filed Against Mendocino County Over Contract with Rogue Federal Predator Control Program Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:09:43 +0000
In July 2014, the coalition—including the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Biological Diversity, Project Coyote, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Animal Welfare Institute—urged the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors to terminate its contract with Wildlife Services and conduct the appropriate environmental review. Last year, in response to a letter from the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Sonoma County’s Board of Supervisors opted not to renew its contract with Wildlife Services. Nearly 15 years ago, Marin County replaced its Wildlife Services contract with a nonlethal predator control program that brought a 62 percent decrease in predation at one-third of the cost.

Each year, Wildlife Services indiscriminately traps and kills millions of animals—approximately 80,000 in California—on behalf of commercial agriculture. In 2013 alone, Wildlife Services killed 4 million wild animals. Since 2000, Wildlife Services has spent approximately 1 billion taxpayer dollars to kill 1 million coyotes and other predators nationwide—despite peer-reviewed research that shows that reckless slaughter of native predators causes broad ecological destruction. Indiscriminate methods used by Wildlife Services have also killed more than 50,000 “non-target” animals, including family pets, endangered condors, bald eagles, and millions of other birds. Studies show such mass killing negatively impacts the biodiversity of ecosystems. Though these numbers are staggering, former employees allege that Wildlife Services routinely underreports the number of animals killed and does not include indirect deaths, such as poisoning from the carcasses of animals that die from lethal sodium cyanide.

Wildlife Services has been the subject of increasing controversy in recent years. Russell Files, formerly of Arizona Wildlife Services, was charged with animal cruelty for intentionally maiming his neighbor’s dog with multiple steel-jaw leghold traps, and Jamie P. Olson, formerly of Wyoming Wildlife Services, posted pictures on social media of his hunting dogs mauling coyotes caught in steel-jaw leghold traps. More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Olson’s termination and an investigation into reports of animal cruelty by Wildlife Services employees. The program’s predator control activities are currently under investigation by the USDA’s Office of the Inspector General.]]> 0
Wet weather arrives tonight – Winter weather advisory above 6,000 ft Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:31:37 +0000 0 Holiday fairs and festivals in Grass Valley and Nevada City Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:12:14 +0000 0 Think Kindness Project – One Pair of Shoes at a Time! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:06:40 +0000 FM-20141125-ThinkKindness_3_230.jpg
November 28, 2014 - Nevada County supports Union Hill School’s Think Kindness Project and invites the public to participate in the worthwhile initiative as well.

Think Kindness founder Brian Williams traveled to Union Hill School to issue a simple challenge to kindergarten through 8th grade students: document 5,000 acts of kindness and collect 2,500 pairs of shoes. The students are busy recording in Kindness Journals and bringing in shoes, but they need your help.

Why shoes? On a trip to Kenya, Williams discovered some children couldn't attend school because they couldn't afford shoes. The shoes collected in Grass Valley will be delivered to needy children when Think Kindness returns to Kenya in 2015. The students want to help children across the globe have the opportunity to gain an education.

So over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, clean out your closet and those of children, spouses, close friends, relatives, etc. and deliver old shoes to the Nevada County Government Center lobby for collection. There will designated bins on-site. Students will pick up the donations by Wednesday, December 3 to help reach their goal of 2,500 shoes. Thank you for helping Union Hill students change the world one pair of shoes at a time!
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Apple Pound Cake with Rum Glaze Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:00:03 +0000   I hope that all of you had the Happiest of Thanksgivings. I spent the week getting ready for my favorite holiday with my mom and grandmother in New Jersey. We had so much fun being in the kitchen together and cooking. We laughed, told stories, and it made me really happy to be home for Thanksgiving for the first time [...]

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50+ Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:00:17 +0000 Don’t go shopping…get all your Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas here! Did you do any Black Friday shopping? Get any good deals? Or are you waiting for Cyber Monday? (That’s what I’m doing. I have a list and I’m checking it twice.) If you want some more personalized gifts for teachers, friends, family, and co-workers, how […]

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The Great Dicken’s Christmas Fair (Part 2): Pretty Things to See and Do Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:59:21 +0000 Beautiful Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes by Whispers From the Past~ There are so many interesting things to see at the Dicken’s Fair. One Yelp review said that it really takes four days to see everything, and I think with all the entertainments and performances scheduled, that I agree. Here are just a few of the things that I enjoyed. Utterly Charming! Teapot mushroom houses by Whispers From the Past. There’s even an area to decorate your own fairy house. Here are two samples. This delightful area, produced by Whispers From the Past also, is pretty popular with kids and gets very crowded by afternoon time. Festive headbands and head wreaths~ Waltzing in Fezziwig’s Warehouse. Don’t hesitate to join in the merriment! Victorian style games. Yep, really, throw some boots at the cats! lol Pretty pewter gifts~ And oh, I think really my favorite place of all– Fitz-Gerald Manor Shop. According to, Fitz-Gerald Manor Shops only exists during the Great Dickens Christmas Fair. It specializes in 19th century authors, in particular Charles Dickens. I don’t believe the books were for sale, but the teacups and teapots were! Oh how I wish I had more time to look through all […] ]]> 0 Frankie and the Fabletones, Featuring the Fabulous Fuzzy Dice, Performing At The Falls Event Center Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:57:00 +0000 0 Capay Valley Wildlife, At Thanksgiving Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:24:00 +0000 0 Giving and Receiving: Drug-free and hopeful Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:15:00 +0000 0 Supervisors honor two retiring employees Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:02:00 +0000 0 Looking At The Tree Out Back In Guinda, At Thanksgiving, Over Time Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:57:00 +0000 0 Black Friday Gets Early Start at Roseville Galleria Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:33:02 +0000 ]]> 0 Napa Unnerved by Small Thanksgiving Quake Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:24:43 +0000 ]]> 0 Uppity green bean casserole Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:15:00 +0000 0 The Great Dickens Christmas Fair (Part 1): Characters Abound Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:02:45 +0000 Ebenezer Scrooge scowling at Bob Crachit in the opening tableau~ Happy Thanksgiving everyone! After seeing posters for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair for years, I was finally able to attend it this past Sunday. I thought I’d share some cheerful holiday photos from merry old Victorian London with you. The fair opens at 10:00 am, but if you can get in line early, at least 25 minutes or more, you can get in to see the opening tableau in Fezziwig’s Warehouse. A whole slew of Dicken’s characters are introduced and say a few lines. Down on Nickelby Road, I spied Charles Dickens through his door at Tavistock House, deep in conversation. (You can find Nickelby Road here on the Traveler’s Map of London.) To the left, through the window, guests were laughing and socializing in the parlour. At the farthest window to the left, the help were busy making tea sandwiches. Old fashioned candle making in the candle shop. Candle dipping and carving on display. I came upon Fagen’s den on the London docks. Poor Oliver, will he ever get more? For some eerie reason I kept seeing the Ghost of Jacob Marley drag by, almost everywhere I walked. Professor […] ]]> 0 Shoppers Sacrifice Thanksgiving Dinner for Thanksgiving Deals Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:53:53 +0000 ]]> 0 Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 27: Gratitude Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:26:00 +0000 0 Volunteers Provide Thanksgiving Meals To Needy Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:24:54 +0000 ]]> 0 Thanksgiving Busy for Bail Bonds Companies Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:58:09 +0000 ]]> 0 Stockton Mayor Wants Measure A Funds to Go Toward Police Body Cameras Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:41:46 +0000 ]]> 0 Crickets, the Latest Health Food Craze Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:38:10 +0000 ]]> 0 $100,000 Found in Backpack at San Jose Burger King Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:30:10 +0000 ]]> 0