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Outside Idyllwild: The golden hour, part 2 …

Outside Idyllwild: The golden hour, part 2 …

I am parked at Vista Point awaiting the sunset and contemplating the nearly full moon. I walk up and down the pathways to find the best possible vantage points.   I was hoping to get a reflection on Diamond Valley Lake but I realize that the sun is too far to the north to shine […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Martinis and other shaker cocktails …

I own two cookbooks, “Retro Cocktails, Shake It Baby” by Kate Moseley, and “The Martini Book” by Sally Ann Berk. They shouldn’t be called cookbooks as the recipes do not start cooking until after ingesting. I pour over each book with affection, as if looking through a family album. Friends and family know I enjoy […]

Past Tense: Oct. 11, 2012

Past Tense: Oct. 11, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 Volunteers were busy finishing the interior of the Catholic Church in knotty pine.   55 years ago – 1957 Celebrating Fire Protection Week, Chief Bill Price rolled trucks into the school yard to demonstrate equipment. The show ended when assisting room mothers handed out ice cream cones to all. 50 […]

Ramblings From Roscoe: It’s Fire Prevention Week! …

This year’s theme is “Have 2 Ways Out.” This is to emphasize that you need to have two ways to get out of a fire, particularly a house fire — but it is of no use if you do not practice. You should also know your ways out at your workplace or any place that you might visit, such as a hotel, the mall, etc.

Off the Main Roads: Making a safe cuppa joe in the high country …

With crisp fall days on the way in the high country, cooking up a mug of some steaming hot coffee on my little MSR stove is pure backpacking heaven. However, a camp stove can also be very dangerous if used carelessly. Here are a few strategies to keep you safe and your tummy satisfied. Check […]

Creature Corner: Oct. 11, 2012

Creature Corner: Oct. 11, 2012

Three little kittens sitting in a tree. Pick me, pick me meowed Misty, Twilight, and Sushi. First came love, then came the crate, and now all three are sitting with me. And that’s what their forever human sang as she scooped up some forever kitty love to enjoy their very own cattery and their very […]

Fire & Forest: More evidence on the danger of wood roofs and the value of mitigation …

Each major fire we have tells us something important. What we learn may be something new or it may be confirmation of something observed before. Colorado’s Waldo Canyon Fire of June this year confirmed something we knew about shake roofs: they are dangerous in fires. I have mentioned the Waldo Canyon Fire before in this […]

Outside Idyllwild: The golden hour: Part 1 …

Outside Idyllwild: The golden hour: Part 1 …

If a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, then I am a menace to myself and everyone around me because I know a little bit about a lot of things.   How else do you explain spending half an hour staring through a viewfinder at the setting sun at least twice a week? For […]

Past Tense: Oct. 4, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Postmaster Harry Wendelken lamented, “There’s Idyllwilds all over the country, and all the mail for the other Idyllwilds comes to this station.” 60 years ago – 1952 Wilma Chapman was conscientious about the change to standard time. She set her clock resolutely, and hopped into bed. In the darkness of […]

Creature Corner: Oct. 4, 2012

Creature Corner: Oct. 4, 2012

Way to go Miss Betty Boop, the pug. She knew something was up last weekend when her forever human tearfully left her for the week, to make absolutely sure this was the right decision. And this weekend, when she came back, you could see the love flowing right through the leash. Good job and paws […]

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