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Coastal cottage garden

Part of the fun I find in staying in an unfamiliar place is focusing on the small details that add to the atmosphere. Even if you may not notice them, these touches definitely add to the feeling of relaxation and serenity these short escapes provide. In this case, I was only able to stay for one night, and due to […]

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Just passing through

Nothing tends to remind us humans of how small we are and how brief our time on this planet like a visit to a place like the Petrified Forest National Park. Walking among the desert environment that once was a lush forest, marveling at the brilliant fragments of rock that were once majestic trees really readjusts your perspective. These geological […]

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A forgotten cemetery

Back in October 2018, I featured an episode of California’s Gold titled San Francisco Cemeteries. In that episode, Huell Howser visited the city’s three remaining cemeteries and told the story of how most of the remains were relocated south to the town of Colma starting in the early 1900s — but there was a big part of the story that […]

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Textures in stone

Franklin Simmons (1839-1913), Penelope, 1896, Marble Gift of the Daughters of Penelope, an International Hellenic Women’s Organization, to the Fine Arts Museums of San Fransisco on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Daughters’ founding by Alexandra Apostolides in San Francisco on November 16, 1929. The donation in honor of Hellenism was made possible by the vision of Mrs. […]

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Two cemeteries

During my recent visit to San Francisco I was surprised to learn about the remnants of an historic cemetery sitting in the midst of the Lincoln Park Golf Course, less than half a mile from the Legion of Honor art museum. The story behind this memorial site is fascinating and still ongoing, and I’ll be writing more about it before […]

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Lyon taming

As a rule, whenever I’m in San Francisco I try to avoid the more tourist-oriented spots and instead seek out more obscure treasures. I think this site must fall somewhere between those two extremes — I was joined by a handful of other intrepid climbers during my midday visit, but I had never heard of the Lyon Street Steps until […]

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Light show

I had some fun last week playing around with some of the light fixtures in my old farmhouse AirBnB in Marin County. I especially liked this lamp and shade found in the bedroom; but after looking at the image on my computer, I realized it reminds me just a bit too much of this hilarious meme:

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