What was Bubblews? What happened to those who wrote there? What can we learn from the demise of the Bubblews site?
A pre-teen book doesn't often move me to tears, but this historical novel on the Japanese American internment camps did. It focuses on the disruption of the freedom and family life for one family.
A photograph is merely an image captured on paper or in a file. It is ephemeral. It's only importance is the value someone puts on it emotionally or monetarily. Many photographs taken before the days of digital photography still languish in boxes...
My husband tells his story of growing up in post-World War Two Yugoslavia during the Cold War period of 1948-1950. He shares how the importance of propaganda freed him from a communist prison where he was held with his parents as a child.
Join me on a brief photo and video tour of Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California. Unlike the southern beaches of San Luis Obispo County, the Cambria coastline is rocky and has more interesting trees. Instead of a pier, it has a very long boardwalk, which I am walking as I take the pictures for...
My favorite broccoli salad is healthy for every blood type for those using Dr. D'Adamo's diet plan and beautiful enough for a holiday table or party. Try it, and see if you don't agree it's delicious.
This is a quick and easy meal for anyone who wants a flavorful meat main dish that's done on the stovetop. It's also ideal for a person with blood type O who is eating for his or her blood type.
I love the power breakfast I eat most mornings. It's all natural, and except for the fact that the oats were rolled, there is no processing except my cleaning and cutting up the ingredients. For 350 calories you get a high fiber breakfast with 12 grams of protein and no refined sugars or unhealthy...
Have you ever been to an art festival? You might want to join me on my walk through the 2012 Paso Robles Festival of the Arts in photos and video. Most events were free, and those are the ones I captured. Come along to see the sights and hear the various music groups who performed, as well as the...
When you take your camera everywhere, you feel lost when it stops working, especially if it's the night before a planned photo shoot. Here's how I solved my problem in time to have a suitable camera for a long day of shooting pictures over the weekend.
Join me on a day trip to Avila Beach's Port San Luis and watch the wildlife there with me. Even getting there was fun, since I spent time at the Kelsey See Canyon Vineyard, which was home to a flock of peacocks. Experience the sights and sounds, and soak up some of the beach atmosphere through my...
Have you heard of the Phantom Galleries popping up all over the country? We are in the midst of our first one ever in Paso Robles, California, and it has generated a level of excitement in the art community here that I've never seen before. After all, we've never had so much art under one roof in...
When we are young, we rarely understand the emotional and physical changes we will experience when old. If you know what to expect, you can take steps now to deal with solving some problems the elderly face.
Are you an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? Read this to find out, and take our easy quizzes to see which label fits you best.
Which happens first? Does man seek God or does God seek man? What does the Bible teach about this?
Get art marketing tips from successful artists with years of experience. Watch their video interviews. Decide what will work best for you.
Autumn is a season in nature and in life that contains both splendor and sadness. It's also a season when it is evident if a tree, or a person, has been fruitful or not. Autumn colors fade, leaving only the bare tree visible. So it is, too, that autumn years reveal the spirit and character of a...
In the summer and fall, it seems all of nature joins the people in hoping for the return of rain to make the earth green again. The poem and pictures focus on the results of rain in the Paso Robles neighborhood near the Salinas River and Lawrence Moore Park.
Christians are as subject to the temptations of the flesh as other people. And like other people, they sometimes find themselves in a wrong relationship they know they should have avoided. What then? How does one deal with the hurt of the break-up that seems inevitable? Is it too late to save...
Coyote brush grows all over the coastal ranges of California and up into Oregon. It's a blessing or a curse, depending upon your point of view.
Poison hemlock is a lovely but lethal plant that needs to be respected if you encounter it in the wild or eradicated if you have it on your property. Learn to identify it here by looking at photos as it grows in parks and private property. I will explain the significance of the photos as you look...
Milk thistle and hemlock are often found together in nature. One is poisonous; the other is edible. Learn to identify and differentiate them in every stage of growth. Photos are included!
Before you head into the outdoors, be sure you can identify poison oak so you can save yourself from a nasty rash and lots of misery. Join me on my video walks and study the provided photos to learn to recognize poison oak through every season.
Oaks are everywhere, especially in the vineyards, when you visit North San Luis Obispo County. I love every one of them, but have picked the photographs of some of my favorites to share with you.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you decided to take an unfamiliar local road from its beginning to its end? I had been wondering about Kiler Canyon Road in Paso Robles, California, since a failed attempt several years ago. I finally decided a couple of weeks ago, during our dry...
Have you ever wondered how ordinary citizens were affected after the Communists took power after a revolution? My husband's family lived it. He spent time in prison when he was still a child and was taken to the killing fields with his parents and sister. He tells his story in this video.
How far do private property rights go in a residential area? What if a homeowner wants to grow a vegetable garden in the front yard instead of a non-productive and expensive lawn?
Is there such a thing as too much social networking? If so, when do you know when you've reached the point when you should stop joining new networks or dropping some you've already joined?
When most people think of art, they think of pictures -- paintings, photographs, or drawings. I saw some of each of those forms today at Templeton's Annual Day in the Shade, where local artisans and artists have a chance to display and sell their...
I was an adult before I saw my first real river. Now I love having one nearby -- for at least part of the year. The rest of the year goes underground, and then I explore its bed.
It's a tough decision to go to the ER when you're in bed with mild chest pain. Maybe it's nothing serious. Maybe it's a heart attack. Here's what to expect if you do decide to go to the hospital.
Has your church started a Stephen Ministry? Are you wondering if you should take the training to become a Stephen minister? Here's what to expect if you take that important step to serving others in the Stephen Ministry.
If you're wondering if you should join a fitness club, you may find your answer here. I tried my husband's fitness club, which he loves. It's a great club, but a fitness club is not for everyone. Here's why.
Many women who have confided in me about their unhappy marriages were Christians who had thought it was no big deal to marry a non-Christian. Some of them had walked away from the Lord during the period in life when they were dating and choosing a partner. But after marriage, especially when they...
There's much more to getting married than planning a wedding. Here are some important things to think about in preparing for marriage before you tie the knot.
Fraud on the internet is rising every day. Mostly it's customers who are afraid of scams, but sellers also have to be alert to scams targeting them.
Ever been in a strange town while traveling and wondered where you could find a short hike just right for stretching one's legs and possibly also close to a picnic spot or a place to buy food? If you ever come to North San Luis Obispo County, I have such a walk for you. Enjoy!
No matter how informative, unique, or important your content is, if your readers can't understand it, you will lose them. Here's help for those who have trouble writing clearly in English.
Are you aware of the UPS email notification scam that will probably appear in your inbox soon, if it hasn't already? This article will help you tell a genuine UPS notification from an email which might give you a virus if you click on it.
Do you have an old friend you'd like to connect with on Facebook who has a very common name? Here are some hints on locating that friend so you can be Facebook friends, as well.