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Month: February 2013

Oscar secrets from behind the scenes

It’s my Christmas, Superbowl and 4th of July all rolled into one big night; it’s the Oscars. My chef husband has been planning the Oscar dinner since last year’s award show ended, my girlfriend Kim is coming over to watch the telecast (our 20th anniversary watching together) starting with red carpet through to the last… Read More ›

Doggone Ditty

Homeless Henry had a dog, A dirty dog was he. He sold him to his neighbor to keep him company. All day, all night, Sittin’ on a rock, Along came a bumblebee and Stung him on his….. Cocktail of ginger ale, Five cents a glass, If you don’t like it, You can stick it up… Read More ›

Down To A Soundless Sea, by Thomas Steinbeck

The art of oral storytelling was the inspiration Thomas Steinbeck had in writing Down to a Soundless Sea. He describes in the author’s note, this family tradition, and the difficulty of reproducing an “aura of performance, a flavor of language, and a sense of period,” to the written page. Having spent his childhood listening to… Read More ›

She went from planning her funeral to planning for a baby

At age 26, when Carrie Chown should have been carefree and excited about her future, instead she was in a hospital room at UC San Francisco waiting for a double lung transplant. Her health was failing due to a heart/lung disease, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, which she had been battling for six years, four of which… Read More ›

Career Snapshot: Wine Label Designer

I used to have a poster hanging in my office that said, “What Can You Do with Your Biology Degree?” It was a cool poster that listed 97 different career choices, including a regulatory affairs specialist, plant breeder, criminal intelligence specialist, clinical programmer, geneticist, marine biologist, health and safety specialist, public relations, forensic specialist, patent… Read More ›

I let my kids drink from a dog bowl

I can say with certainty that after 18 years of summer vacationing in Lake Tahoe, my children’s favorite activity was visiting the Naughty Dawg Saloon & Grill and drinking out of the dog bowl. Not a cup or mug, but a real plastic dog bowl. Don’t get me wrong, they were not lapping the drink… Read More ›

The Reluctant Cook: Don’t send me to the store

My husband, a chef and BBQ fanatic, does most of the grocery shopping, especially anything related to meat. When he sends me to the store with a list there’s usually one item that I don’t know anything about. I seriously get a little nervous as I search the aisles for that one conspicuous item. Let’s… Read More ›

911…sorry to bother you, but I think I’m having a heart attack

Female romance author is actually a…

Author Jessica Blair has written 22 romance novels since 1993, with the latest, Silence of the Snow, due out this week. Before romance success, this novelist penned 36 westerns. But all is not what it seems. This week it was announced that Jessica Blair is actually a 89 year old grandfather, Bill Spence. Upon hearing… Read More ›

Hug a farmer

I was truly touched to share the experience of watching this video during the Superbowl with my uncle John, a lifetime farmer. We all stood, cheered, wiped away the tears, and honored John and all our family members who have dedicated their lives to farming. Millions of people around the world now have heard a… Read More ›

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