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Creature Corner: July 19, 2012

Creature Corner: July 19, 2012

Yes, I am looking at you! ’Cause I think I want to do my happy dance and jump right into your purse.   Need a couple lumps of sugar for your teacup? Well, Charlie Brown is a teacup Chihuahua and has all the sugar you need. Snuggle him in your arms or in your purse, […]

Past Tense: July 19, 2012

Past Tense: July 19, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Town Crier visited the Kretsingers: “In the front room, a rehearsal of the Mounted Music Makers was in process. Jean was strumming his guitar, Evie was at the piano, and little George was singing at the top of his voice. Down at Kretsinger Corners, everyone gets a BANG out of […]

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower odyssey …

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower odyssey …

The wildflower season is winding down and only the stream orchid and the lemon lily remain on my most wanted list. After returning to some of the same sites that I visited in early spring, I am finding new species to add to my photo collection. I now plan to organize the photos I have […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Wine …

Growing up in Santa Clara Valley, San Jose, California, filled my childhood memories with visions of fruit orchards bursting with spring blossoms. Acres of mustard plants with raging yellow blooms were throughout my father’s property. The Mount Hamilton range was on the east side of the valley, the Santa Cruz range was on the west. […]

Creature Corner: July 12, 2012

Creature Corner: July 12, 2012

Good Golly, Miss Molly II. Where did everybody go? Spencer, our poodle-bichon mix was determined to pack his tennis ball this weekend and say goodbye to his best buddy at the ARF house, which was Molly II. Best behavior on his part won the hearts of his forever family.   Miss Penny Lane will erase […]

Past Tense: July 12, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 A big celebration was planned to complete the community building, with Norma Sanborn in charge of the dance and entertainment. Residents were asked to bring their own chairs. Those wishing to donate chairs would get their names engraved on the back. 60 years ago – 1952 The pool at Hidden […]

Outside Idyllwild: Summer bloomers …

Outside Idyllwild: Summer bloomers …

The spring wildflower season has wound down and most of the early bloomers like the penstemon are now covered in seed pods.   The summer bloomers now dominate and this represents an opportunity for yours truly to find some new flowers that I have not encountered before. Although I have been interested in the local […]

Before Our Time: Idyllwild’s “Name game” …

An old tradition my forebears brought from Britain is the habit of bestowing names on their homes. It reached Idyllwild in the 1920s to such an extent that one issue of the Idyllwild Breezes newspaper carried a two-column poem, anonymously composed (possibly by Editor Joyce Carmichael), incorporating nearly forty examples. Most commonly, these early house […]

Fire and Forest: Fire season roaring, roofing grant ready …

They had to evacuate the Air Force Academy. You don’t normally think of an imposing military academy in danger of destruction by wildfire, but this past week the academy in Colorado Springs was in exactly that position. Last year it was Texas setting records for fires; now Colorado is rewriting its fire record books. Nine […]

Past Tense: July 5, 2012

Past Tense: July 5, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 Evie Kretsinger passed on a comment on TV: “Before the dawn of civilization, primitive man ate raw meat in dark caves and gazed at the pictographs he had painted on the walls. As man became civilized, he dined by candlelight and food became a social ritual. Now, man is right […]

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