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Outside Idyllwild: PCT hikers and wildflowers …

Spring is the time for wildflowers and Pacific Crest Trail thru hikers to start popping up all over Idyllwild. It starts in March, when a few early bird hikers begin their long trek and the willows start to bloom. A spring snow does not deter either the willows or the PCTers from beginning their spring […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Dreaming of brunch …

Within the last two weeks I have undertaken what is for me a huge project. I live on 14 acres of religious retreat property. An old, very heavy picnic table was sitting next to an old swimming pool, both unused for a long time. I asked Pastor Tim if I could move the table to […]

Creature Corner: April 25, 2013

Creature Corner: April 25, 2013

Reunited this week was Ally, the adventurous yellow Lab. Maggie, the senior yellow Lab is still missing. Please help in the search. A reward is offered. Adopted was Gypsy, our blonde cockapoo-terrier mix to the absolute best mom in the world. Paws up to you Gypsy. And two of Sunny’s kittens, Ashley and Jinx, both […]

Past Tense: April 25, 2013

Past Tense: April 25, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 All major streams in the mountains had been stocked for the May 1 trout opener. Among the volunteers were a couple of young boys, Jimmy Johnson and Don Brolin. 60 years ago – 1953 The Chamber of Commerce took action to see how the disturbance caused by bugles and loudspeakers […]

Speaking For the Animals: Rattlesnake season …

The first rattlesnakes of the season already have been spotted on the Hill. There are eight species of rattlers found in Southern California. A combination of preventive measures and cautious behavior can help keep your pets safe from their deadly venom. Rattlesnake aversion training can save your dog’s life if reputible, trained professionals do it […]

Outside Idyllwild: Déjà vu all over again …

Outside Idyllwild: Déjà vu all over again …

This past week I took another trip out to Joshua Tree. On the Hill, I saw the first lilac flowers of the season and took a trip to Garner Valley. It was a great week with warm days and not too cool mornings, which all seemed to come to an end Sunday afternoon when thick […]

Today’s Health Issues: Common sense health maintenance …

Number one rule is to avoid extremes: there is no need to climb to a tree dressed in a diaper and eat only nuts for the rest of your life. Neither should we neglect our bodies or plunge into dietary excesses and fight all preventive medicine. It is difficult to determine what is necessary to […]

Past Tense: April 18, 2013

Past Tense: April 18, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 The Town Crier reported that Editor Ernie Maxwell’s cat had five new kittens. 60 years ago – 1953 Sunset magazine featured an article about Idyllwild. 55 years ago – 1958 Actor David Niven stopped at Doro’s Market and visited for a while. 50 years ago – 1963 Five Orange County […]

Off the Leash: The schizophrenia of faith — Part 2 …

Last month I wrote about the idea of “them and us,” and how it creates suspicion, mistrust and ultimately conflict among peoples. I focused on the history of the Christian church and its role in this dynamic, believing that faith communities represent the higher self of humanity and thus lead the way out of our […]

Outside Idyllwild: My three weeks on the DL …

Outside Idyllwild: My three weeks on the DL …

It has been three weeks and a day since I sprained my ankle and I still am not fully recovered. After limping around and using a trekking pole as a cane for a few days, I made the mistake of walking on the ankle which only worsened the situation. Several days after the injury, I […]

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