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Are you thinking about buying a Kindle? It took me a long time to decide to take the plunge, but I'm glad I did. Here's why.
If I have a favorite garden plant, it is colorful and easy to grow calendula. Here's why.
I live part of the year in Paso Robles, near California's Central Coast. Though known for its wines, it has much more to offer both visitors and residents. It's a destination, not just a stop.
Although my Nikon Coolpix S8200 camera isn't my newest one, it's still my favorite after using it for five years. Here's why.
Many conservatives in the Unites States wonder if it's too late to ever get the country headed in the right direction again.
Some churches have the ability to become part of you forever, even after you leave them, even after they cease to exist in a building anymore. Crenshaw Christian Reformed Church did that to me.
I love mysteries and black cats. The Midnight Louie Series give me both in a tale that continues book after book.
I love autumn. I associate it with the colorful falling leaves, and the cooler weather to come, but I also associate it with music that brings back old memories, both happy and sad.
It's not easy to be a child in a war-torn country, but my husband was one. He gives us his eye-witness account of what that life was like for him during WWII and how it affected his family life.
Do you have a tree in you life that has become a part of your story, tree with a special place in your heart? These are some in my life.
Do you think elementary students in public American schools should ever be required to study the Arabic language?
Have you ever made delicious Danish rye bread from scratch? If not follow my easy photo instructions and videos and give it a try.
For about a year I've been contemplating buying a MAC. I've been using Windows for about 14 years and was mostly happy with it, but in the last year I started doing more work with graphics after opening a Zazzle Store. Then I decided that my lenses...
Most of the tea parties I've attended in my county did not seem to be organized by any specific group affiliated with other groups. The tea party rally I attended in Paso Robles was organized by the local chapter of the Tea party Patriots. They...
If you love art, whether you love wine or not, if you ever visit Paso Robles, California, Sculpterra Winery is not to be missed. Come spend a Sunday afternoon and just relax.
North San Luis Obispo County has a very active group of talented artists. Meet some of them here.
Are you getting ready to host your first Slava? If you need some help with making the Slavski Kolac for the occasion, you will find it here with illustrated instructions.
This is a tribute to a wonderful son who was adopted into our family and God's. He entered his permanent heavenly home August 27, 1991.
The Paso Robles Art Association is separate from but has a gallery in the Studios on the Park. They have their own juried exhibits each month.
Day in the Shade is an annual community art fair at Templeton City Park in May, and being there is like moving through a living collage of musical and artistic talent.
A child's first visit to the emergency room can be a frightening experience. When I had to take my eight-year-old son in for pain in his groin, I used the camera in my purse to help take his mind off his fears. Here's how he became a star in a photo story for his scrapbook.
Robots are being introduced into classrooms as supplements to classroom teachers. Will they eventually replace some human teachers?
Is it true that the Kindle and other ebook readers will make books unnecessary? Many people seem to believe this. I'm told that ebooks are the solution to the high cost of school textbooks. I hear from enthusiastic Kindle owners that they are very...
I have loved Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado since I was first introduced to it while participating in a junior high school production. I'd like to introduce you to this funny operetta.
Why do families continue traditions like making mochi the old fashioned way? Here is one family's story and they let me photograph every step of their method of making mochi.
Rain is one of God's greatest gifts to mankind, since it brings the water we need to survive and thrive. This is a multi-media essay on rain.
If you are hosting your Slava for the first time this year and have never made zjito the traditional way, here is step-by-step illustrated help. This is how my husband's family did it.
This tasty broccoli salad adds a nutritional boost to any meal, yet is festive enough for company and holiday celebrations.
This moussaka made with potatoes and ground beef is one of our family favorites. It's simple to make and very hearty.
Chard is one of our most nutritious greens. It's also delicious baked this way. It's one of our favorite fall and winter side dishes.
I never knew I wanted to become a parent until I met Jason. Most parents don't get the chance to become friends with their children for a year before becoming their mother. I did. Here's how.
I have used this Spanish Rice recipe for over thirty years now, and have never seen a reason to change it except to substitute brown rice for white. We love it. Why not give it a try?
It's been said that where there is a Slava, there is a Serb. Only Serbs celebrate this Serbian Orthodox holiday. Here's how our family celebrated.
I love bean dishes -- especially if they are easy. This is, like most of the recipes I use regularly, not always the same. It took me a long time to realize that many recipes are just jumping off places. I use what I have in the house. I think of...
This is one of those meals I can make quickly on a busy day or when it's too hot to use the oven.
Caring for a dying loved one is the last gift you can gift, and one of the most precious. Yet caring for my mother during her last days was just as much a gift to myself.
Sarah came into our lives as a foster child at the age of nine. She had been sexually abused by her father, and both she and her younger brother Jason (who was five) came to us from separate previous foster homes. We had met Jason first, since he...
Emotional intelligence is what enables us to put ourselves in the shoes of others. It is thought that too much social media interaction can stunt the growth of emotional intelligence.
I can think of few experiences worse than learning that a friend or family member has commit suicide. It is hard for those left behind to understand why and wonder if they could have prevented it.
Many deaths occur when loved ones least expect them. Ready or not, you will need the services of a mortician. Here's most of what you need to know about dealing with a mortuary.
The death of a child, even an adult child, is always traumatic. It's even more so when that death is a suicide. This is a mother's story of her adopted daughter's life for as long as we knew it.
A heat wave can fool you into planting your tomatoes a couple of weeks too early. Here's what happened to my garden when I planted too early and what I did to try to fix it.
One can take earthquakes for granted until one is caught in a big one. The San Simeon Earthquake of 2003 showed me that I need to take a less casual attitude toward earthquakes and be prepared.