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Off the leash: Covered Bridge Festival…

I am writing this month’s article from Winterset, Iowa, where my sister and I are attending the annual Covered Bridge Festival. Winterset is my mother’s hometown. Four generations of my family have lived here since the mid-1800s. My mother died 40 years ago. Coming back here for a long, overdue visit has caused me to […]

Off the main roads, Tips: Big hikes for little ones …Oct. 10, 2013

A recent hike with my exuberant little niece made me think of how important it is to get your kids out into nature. Here are a few tips to help you addict your kids to hiking. • Make it fun. If you want your kids to be excited to go hiking with you again, don’t […]

Fire and Forest: Hardening homes as a solution …

Wildfire is getting some prominent and fresh attention in major newspapers. Both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times have published thoughtful articles this summer examining the larger issues involved. (They are catching up to this newspaper, which has had great reporting on fire for as long as I can remember.) It seems […]

Before Our Time: By Robert B. Smith

With Avery Field’s photography, others saw Idyllwild … Picture postcards are an ever-popular item in scenic areas such as Idyllwild. We certainly have had our share of commercial photographers, and the most talented was Avery Edwin Field. A family history just published by his grandson, Sidney Edwin Field, brings Avery’s life (1883-1955) and career into […]

Santa Ana winds introduce fire threat for weekend

Fire danger in Southern California is significantly higher this weekend. A Santa Ana wind event combined with near record low fuel moisture is posing a substantial fire threat until Monday or Tuesday. The National Weather Service has forecast a red flag warning from early Friday morning, Oct. 4 through Sunday evening, Oct.6 State and federal […]

Science and Reality Today: Creationism vs. Evolution …

The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary last December that left 26 people dead, including 20 children, reignited the debate between gun control and the Second Amendment, as has the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard shooting most recently. But there was also another debate that some in the media wanted to reignite after Sandy Hook. You […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Mama made nopalitos …

When I was a child, Mama always had domestic cactus growing in her garden along with corn, tomatoes, zucchini, chilis, and a multitude of other vegetables and herbs, not to mention a variety of fruit trees. It was a typical Mexican garden. We dined well. From Mom’s cactus she would prepare nopales and oh, how […]

Creature Corner: September 26, 2013

Creature Corner: September 26, 2013

Reunited this week were Chacarro and Zoe, and the three related dogs lost in Pine Cove. Ladybug can be a lady most of the time. But bring out the football, Frisbee or anything that even looks like a toy, and she’s ready with all fours to play. She is a young shepherd/husky-mix abandoned at our […]

OFF THE LEASH: The Candy Cupboard …

When I was a kid we’d hop on a Greyhound bus and take a trip back to my mother’s home town, Winterset, Iowa, and spend the summer. Winterset is a quintessential Iowa farm town that is also home to the famous covered bridges of Madison County. While in Winterset, I’d work the register at my […]

Creature Corner: September 19, 2013

Creature Corner: September 19, 2013

Reunited this week were Samson and Rosie to their very worried humans. Ladybug can be a lady most of the time. But bring out the football, Frisbee or anything that even looks like a toy, and she’s ready with all fours to play. She is a young shepherd/husky-mix who was abandoned at our dumpsite with […]

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