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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 ›

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 ›

300 Word Limit honored with a Versatile Blogger Award

I am thrilled to share that I have been given a Versatile Blogger Award. This is such an honor and a small validation that my readers like what I’m putting out there. I write for me, but am tickled that others like what comes across the keyboard. I was nominated by two extraordinary women: Brooke… Read More ›

Inspiration and support leads to success

Oscar Pistorius, the South African phenomenon, double amputee and better known as the “Blade Runner,” is an inspiration to Laduan Smedley, ’09, Biomedical Engineer graduate of UC Davis. Pistorius became the first Paralympian to win gold in the 2012 London 400 meters sprint and 4×100 meter relay. Laduan now works in the field of orthotics… Read More ›

The shoe and the thimble

I haven’t played a game of Monopoly in quite some time and was amazed at my surprise reaction to Hasbro’s “Save Your Token” campaign they kicked off today. After 80 years, they are retiring the racecar, iron, Scottie dog, wheelbarrow, shoe, top hat, thimble or battleship. The piece with the least amount of votes will… Read More ›

Where the forest ends

After a two hour drive to the mountains and setting up camp, I always take a walk around checking out my neighbor’s tents and trailers, finding the trailhead for one of the many hikes I’ll be taking, and of course, locating the restroom. One of Kim’s requirements of camping is that we always get a… Read More ›

Is fear holding you back?

The last three years have been rocky for me. My children grew up and left; one to college across the country, and one to the streets as a drug addict. My sister was brutally attacked at nine months pregnant, and to top it off, I gained fifteen pounds. I had always been the person who… Read More ›

Bunny

Sitting in the pew of my country church one Sunday, contemplating life’s big questions, and also creating a shopping list for the evening’s dinner, Father McCully caught my attention as he started to tell a story about truthfulness. Father McCully lived in a modest house behind the country church, along the Sacramento River. He was… Read More ›

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