My dream house would have floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in every room. In reality, I have only enough space for a few small bookshelves, so now and then I need to clear out some space. The other day I walked over to my neighborhood Little Free Library to donate a stack of paperbacks and browse the offerings. Even though I normally avoid […]
I recently finished listening to an audiobook called Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, written by Andrea Warren. Norman Mineta was born and grew up in San Jose, California; in 1942 he was an 11-year-old Cub Scout when he and his family were sent to Heart Mountain War Relocation Center in Wyoming. After the war his family were very […]
Joaquin Miller is a name that seemed only vaguely familiar to me until recently; in fact, he was — as Stephanie Benavidez tells Huell — California’s best kept secret. While Miller earned a reputation as something of a scoundrel and a frequent embellisher of the truth, he was also a gifted poet and one of our country’s first environmentalists. For […]
San Francisco’s Chinatown has so many great murals; I only found a few on my visit, but this one especially got my attention! It wasn’t until after I’d returned home that I realized why it seemed vaguely familiar. Besides the English news on CCTV 9, my favorite show is on BTV 3. It’s called The Monkey King, a fantasy show, […]
This isn’t my neighborhood, but I always enjoy spotting these small community libraries. And I love that some thoughtful person included dog treats!
The theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Books or Paper. Your photos can include books or paper or things made out of what looks like paper or books. Let’s see how creative you can be on for this week’s challenge. Have fun with this week’s challenge.
But round the castle a hedge of briar roses began to grow up. Every year it grew higher, till at last it surrounded the whole castle so that nothing could be seen of it, not even the flags on the roof — from Grimm’s Fairy Tales
This classic episode of California’s Gold starts off with the roar of speedboats taking part in the annual Catalina Ski Race. When the show initially aired, the race had been going on for more than 40 years — but the 2018 edition will be its 70th year! I was initially inspired to seek out this episode after learning for the […]
I’ve shared these images before, but I was frustrated at not being able to identify the flowers, especially since I’ve noticed them in a few different places around my area lately. I finally solved the mystery today, but it was thanks to a trip to the Friends of Folsom Library’s annual book sale, where I filled a grocery bag with […]