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Traveling back and forth across the USA in 1960 was an adventure. It is impossible to see all of America in three weeks, but during that time we got a feeling of what the county was really like.
If you like to embroider, but can't find patterns you like, why not try freestyle? Making up your own designs as you stitch is as easy as doodling with pen or paper.
San Juan Bautista is one of the less-known, but largest of 21 California Mission settlements. As a well-preserved, active church since 1797, it evokes life in earlier days .
Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California provide a lot of sights and experiences for the traveler. Great restaurants, wine tasting, shopping and great acommodations, all in a small area make this a perfect mini-vacation spot.
Manzanita Shrubs are common in the California foothills and chaparrel areas of the Pacific Northwest. Native Americans made good use of the unique qualities of this plant, and it is still appreciated today for its special qualities.
A small factory in California Gold Country , turns out musically tuned wind chimes that are shipped all over the world.
Bottled water has become big business around the world. So why not bottle air for individual users? It could be a real moneymaker!
Pre-packaged fresh fruit and vegetables are considered to be convenient time-savers for many consumers and a profit-maker for supermarkets. Are they good or bad?
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches ever given. Would we remember it if it had been shorter?... or longer??
Signaling the beginning of Autumn, the changing color of the leaves comes with a sudden dip in temperature. Many trees that lose their leaves every year, put on their best show before going to sleep for the Winter.
Old sayings and proverbs often contradict each other. Here are a few more to add to your confusion.
Born into an Armenian family living in pre-war Japan, the author and her family led a comfortable and pleasant life until December of 1941. As their adopted country entered WW II, everything changed for non- Japanese residents and they were forced to live in a tiny remote village where they endured hardships and suffering that left them barely alive. "Shibaraku Memories of Japan 1926-1946"
What information will you need if the economy collapses? Do you have basic helpful knowldge for survival in hard economic times? Now is the time to learn a few old-fashioned skills.
If you haven't already heard enough silly ways to (possibly) save gas, here are a few more. Don't try these at home . . . or on the road.
Evacuation! A sudden disaster might mean you have to move fast. What can you grab to save yourself some trouble and heartache?
What if we had to speak the ingredient list every time we talked about food? Would it make us think about what additives we are really eating?
A snowy winter may bring power outages. Having a few simple supplies at home can keep you comfortable even if the electricity is off for a few days.
A 23 year- old gold seeker arrived in San Francisco from Massachusetts in 1854. His observations and opinions of the California Gold Rush are recorded in well preserved letters.
Table setting competitions are featured at many county fairs across America. Creative ideas like these can make your table look more festive or elegant.
Bed and Breakfast inns can be a pleasant surprise. This one near Cave Junction Oregon suited us fine with many unexpected features.
Here's a quick, easy, organized way to increase storage in cupboards. For just a few cents and a few minutes of time, you can easily create a practical storage system.
Despite their uncivil and impolite behavior, these little people will steal your heart if you are not careful.
Following a few guidelines for writing free lance articles and feature stories will help your submissions be accepted by editors.
Even without money, there are things you can invest in which will pay off later.
Restaurants with an "all you can eat" buffet meal at a set price, can be a good value for diners, especially if they stay aware of what they are eating. Here are some tips on how to eat a lot at a buffet, and get the best value.
How many years of our lives must we waste on sorting socks? We need some laws to make this easier for everyone.
How will the future government try to control us? It may be subtle, or it might be a variation on a familiar theme.
Labor Day weekend means county fir time in Mariposa County, California. It's a small fair, but has all of the elements that make it a nostalgic part of of life for everyone who has lived in the country.
If you want to enjoy the wonders of Yosemite, but would rather not camp out, Tenaya Lodge may be the place you are looking for. Close to nature, this hotel offers the comforts you expect at a quality hotel.
Walking the dog in a wooded area can offer some surprises.
If you want to win a poetry contest, you can always start your own. It will be hard to chose between the finalists, but it doesn't really matter.
The 47 Hudson was a great car, at least untill I fell out of it. This classic car was the first my family owned after WW II...
Just because someone else says they see something in your poetry, doesn't mean it's really there. The Emperor had no clothes, no matter how many people claimed he did.
Working in the back room of the funeral home was -- well, different, but we had to get our newsletter done.
The General Store was often the first real business to be established in a gold rush town of the American West. the miners needed tools, clothing, food and other necessities...
A rhyming alphabet book may not be at the top of a publisher's list right now, but it might still be published someday.
History and justice are still alive in the old courthouse of Mariposa, California. For more than a century and a half, this venerable building has been an icon dating from gold rush days.
Every bride needs her own set of tools. A poem and a pretty wrapping makes it memorable.
How does a deadly disease get named for a doctor? The fame of many MD's is associated with conditions we would never want to be too familiar with.
Becoming a full-fledged child star was not in the cards for me, but I did get a brief opportunity to work at a major movie studio.
Tabloid newspapers make us want to reach for them when we see an outrageous headline. What attracts us to such outlandish stories? Can't we just write them ourselves?
Serving on the county Grand Jury can be an eye-opening experience, and an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of local government.
The kiss can be a polite obligatory greeting, a sign of respect, or a personal expression of caring concern. It...
If you have been targeted by a phishing scam, you are not alone. These types of internet deceptions seeking tidbits of information, are sent out by the millions.
Do the wooden headed puppet and Adam have something in common? The author of Pinoccio must have thought so.
My local supermarket, recently underwent a reorganization. That means a"change of heart", but since supermarkets have no heart, it really means that everything is harder to find.
Canned and packaged foods are not all bad. There are some you should keep in your pantry even if you are trying to use all fresh and natural foods in your kitchen,
Cooking for two can be a challenge, but it can still be appetizing and attractive. Here are a few tips to make it that way.
The scenic and wild Merced River flows out of Yosemite National Park between steep canyon walls. In the Springtime, wildflowers can make it as spectacular as the park, itself.
People and pitchers come in different sizes, colors and shapes. They might be attractive or homely, but they can be also be practical and useful. Collecting pitchers reminds me of the people who owned them . . .
How did people survive the Great Depression in the 1930's? They didn't have enough money to have a "financial situation", but somehow they managed to survive.
Self-reliance made this country great, but when the USA's founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence they knew that their lives were about to change forever.
A simple parsley garnish can add a lot to your plate for eye-appeal and even nutrition.
How can a young man plan to murder his parents? I've had a passing acquaintance with two young men who did and the reasons are unclear.
You don't have to be religious to be a good dad, but a lot of the same principles apply.
Health insurance was expensive for a small businessman, but this one found a way to cover the doctor bills and still have enough left over to travel the world...
By sprouting seeds and beans you can harvest a crop in only four or five days. You don't even have to to mess with dirt, soil or growing medium, to get a fresh, edible, nutritious crop...
Californians are used to earthquakes, but once in a while a seismic event gets everyone's attention. Long Beach and San Francisco each had historic quakes.
Wild animals do not make good pets. Though "rescuing" a squirrel, fawn, raccoon or other wild critter may seem humane, it often has bad consequences for both the animal and the human.
I didn't know I shouldn't catch a baby ground squirrel in the woods. He became a much loved pet, but I wouldn't do it again...
The Words Sound Write. . . What's the Madder? (Matter)? The Difference Between Words That Sound Alike.
Words that sound alike, but have different meanings, are one of the difficult aspects of English, but homophones can be conquered with practice and a few memory tricks.
A Halloween college prank was inspired by a green cosmetic mud mask. Instead of making us beautiful, it made us into monsters.
Living in the country brings a lot of changes for a former city-dweller. Are you a country newcomer?
When children are out of control in the classroom, you had better have a plan to put yourself back in charge.
Mass marketing and advertising of patent medicines began at about the same time as the California Gold Rush. These "cure-alls" made outrageous claims and some were a recipe for disaster...
Petey, the therapy dog, was a good friend to everyone he met. He brought joy and also good advice for health and happiness.
A tour of a gold rush museum can be boring or interesting, but seeing the humor in history is always fun.
Incredible photos of a tiny Saw-Whet Owl became the inspiration for a childrens book which is both entertaining and educational
Any good cook keeps basic ingredients on hand. Even when you cook with mostly fresh foods, few canned ingredients are often useful. Here are a dozen items you should have for variety and flavor.
Is the U. S. is economically and scientifically doomed because we cannot get metric ideas like Celsius and milligram into our heads?There are reasons that Americans continue to resist metrification. Silly reasons...
The "cast-stone sculpture class", sponsored by a local Arts Council, put me in a new world. Creativity emerged from ordinary people . . .
Aging is almost unavoidable, but there are some good things about turning 60. It's all in how you look at it.
President John F. Kennedy was shot while riding in an open car as his motorcade drove through Dallas, Texas. It was before the time of 24-hour news stations and the internet, but news traveled quickly...
Like many good things, it started as a happy accident, and took a lot of work to bring into being.
Naming your hair salon or nail salon is a big deal. Here are some suggestions for attention-getting names -- some are silly, some are clever, some are quirky . . . and more.
Medicine labels give way too much information, like "possible side effects". Over the counter products are bad enough, but prescriptions can induce chronic paranoia.
Yard sales, garage sales and flea markets offer a blinding array of bargains among the discards. You may find just the treasure you are seeking . . .
Where do substitute teachers come from? No one knows. There are some ways to make this job easier for yourself..
Supermarket shopping is an adversarial situation which requires strategy, commando tactics and a sense of humor.
Can you prove that a calorie exists? Maybe it is an elaborate hoax.
Turning fifty is a milestone. Interacting with blind children made it a very memorable one for me, because of the insight they gave . . .
Healthful green salads with lots of fresh vegetables are a good nutritional choice, but if you look at the ingredients list on the bottle of your favorite dressing, you may be in for a big surprise...
Maxed out credit cards can bring on a big financial chill. Here are a few sane and silly ways to make sure you are not overdrawn.
Why did this tiny woman have more authority and control in the classroom than the wrestling coach?
Are you fascinated by odd things? A lot of people are. Here are a bunch of them, with reasons why they are odd.
When the power goes off suddenly, you will wish you had prepared ahead. How will you see in the dark? How will you keep warm or cook?
Some roadside attractions never become extinct, but could cement dinosaurs be an asteroid magnet?
Garden gnomes are not useless. They can be effective for protection and self-defense. Instead of pepper spray or firearms, a well aimed gnome can easily stop someone trying to do you harm.
Mice, rats and other rodents can do surprising damage in your car engine and other automotive parts. How you you keep them out of your vehicle?
Many gold rush "boom towns" grew up quickly and disappeared almost as fast. Mariposa, California is one that survived from its 1850 beginning, keeping much of the local historic flavor intact.
An innocent diversionary "marble-exploding bubble game", can teach some life lessons... if you force the issue a bit.
Can humor writing be taught, or is "funniness'" an inborn trait? Can you learn how to write humor? There might be something to learn if we examine why we laugh.
Keeping small animals in your bra could lead to some distressing events.
Why do women carry handbags? There are circumstances when you might need to have a purse, but mostly they are unnecessary. Try purselessness for a taste of freedom.
A storable stash of food in your home pantry saves you time, money and stress...
As a sub teacher I had a common problem: WANTING to be sensitive and fair while NEEDING to be decisive and firm. It is not impossible when you give a direct limited choice....
Keep minor classroom misbehavior from escalating by using the right words at the right time.
Housekeeping and cleaning philosophies can vary widely. Whether you believe in the "big bang theory" or the creationist approach, it all needs to be done.
A massive four-sided street clock, the Dreger Clock, that was located at Buena Park's Knott's Berry Farm for more than 50 years has been restored by the Buena Park Historical Society.
My "self-wringing" mop isn't all I expected, but I have learned some dance steps . . .
Sub teachers hope to keep kids from climbing the walls, but when one actually ends up on the roof . . . it is a little embarrassing.
Landfills are a modern phenomenon. A few years back no one ever had trash. Here's why . . .
Healthy ingredients are the key to making this tasty muffin a healthful treat.
How do you remember names for a classroom full of kids? You don't, at least not right away. Here are some tips to make it easier for the sub teacher.
How do you choose toothpaste when there are too many choices? Do you want whitening, tartar control, healthy gums, plaque abatement, or total health and happiness?
Country living is attractive to many who are tired of city life. This can be a major life change with some surprised you never expected. Is it for you?
The positive energy of feng shui can be completely misunderstood, if you only try hard enough.
As a substitute teacher in control, you will rarely find yourself seated-- at least not for more than a few minutes. It's a job that keeps you on your feet.
A favorite classroom game, to confuse the substitute teacher, is trading names and places. If you play it cool, you can win the game while winning them over.
While sub teaching, you are bound to be confronted by a defiant child. Dealing with such a student requires special tactics.
Working with blind children in the classroom was an experience that educated this teacher in new ways. . .
Sometimes, for a substitute teacher, that early morning call is the hardest part of the day.