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Sitting by the Fire: Change happens and will …

Most people don’t like change. The old saying is, “the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes.” Well, some people beat the government out of their taxes and it has been said that one has beaten death, but it is absolutely true that we all face change almost everyday of our lives. Change is truly the only thing that is certain. Now I would like to change the topic that I had planned to write about because what I have to say is too important to miss.

Sustainability: Sustainability: Returning to my joy …

I like to think I grew up in a world made of plants. As a child, I spent most of my time up a tree, tunneling through the underbrush, or in the garden. My mother and father were always outside, working together to make things grow and trying their hardest to get the three of us kids to help them weed, water, or whatever. When I was younger, my job in the garden was to plant the carrots each year. My mother planned it so that they would be ready to harvest around my birthday in August, thus showing me that the greatest gifts one can receive are those from the earth.

Lola’s Kitchen: Cooking for large crowds …

The largest group I have single-handedly cooked for was 60 people. My husband and I would host Fourth of July parties including a mariachi band. Prepping would start a week ahead. The cuisine would be either Mexican or traditional barbecue. Having recently joined the American Legion, the opportunity presented itself to speak with Jeanine Schweppe, […]

Outside Idyllwild: Earth Fair and fair earth …

Outside Idyllwild: Earth Fair and fair earth …

After a very busy weekend, I now have more to write about than I can fit into one column. First, I volunteered to help set up the Idyllwild Earth Fair on Friday. A small group of locals worked hard to get the Town Hall grounds all ship-shape for the Saturday event. Then I attended the […]

Creature Corner: May 24, 2012

“I’m lost and frantically searching for my family, and everyone keeps calling me by some strange name. I’ve been moved from an unfamiliar place and car to yet another strange place, with other strange dogs. I am going to extremes to escape in search of my home, all the time howling to see if my […]

Off the Leash: What’s treason and who commited it …

Recently, at a rally for GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a woman in the crowd accused President Obama of treason. Treason? What has he done that qualifies as treason? As I see it, the president hasn’t been able to do much. Health care reform has been hamstrung. There has been little, if any, change to […]

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower extravaganza …

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower extravaganza …

The late April rains and snow made sure that we would have a strong spring wildflower bloom. Even though it was a drier and warmer winter season than normal (or is it the new normal), I am seeing lots of plants in bloom in town and, of course, the high country will be starting to […]

Lifelines: Stressed vines, fine wines …

I enjoy spending time at the Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe and Bistro in the Village Centre. The music is entertaining, the conversation amusing, and the wine relaxing. Even more enjoyable than sipping the fermented fruit of the vine, however, is thinking about how the best wines are made. Washington Post wine critic Ben Giliberti explained, […]

Creature Corner: May 17, 2012

Creature Corner: May 17, 2012

In September of last year, Missy’s family packed their bags, locked the door and walked away. And left Missy behind. She came to ARF, with a smile and plenty of energy in search of a best friend that would love her forever and never leave her again. With a little training, and a lot of […]

Past Tense: May 17, 2012

Past Tense: May 17, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 A meeting was announced to consider school unification. Under the proposal, Idyllwild’s school would be combined with the Hemet-San Jacinto District. 50 years ago – 1962 Logging trucks started rolling in May Valley, where the Big Bear Timber Company began salvage operations on pines damaged by severe insect attack. About […]

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