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What Message Would You Set Adrift in a Bottle? - 07/27/12 11:13 AM
Earlier this week, after feeling overly saturated by news of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, I found a simple and heartwarming story about 14-year-old Justin Shepard, who found a message in a bottle after 35 years.
In today’s world of raucous incongruent happenings on a near daily basis, I wondered what kind of message most of us would put into a bottle to set adrift on a sea of mankind. Would we put in contact information – “If you find this message, please contact me at 555-1212?” Or perhaps, your thoughts wonder about the future, and you pen the words, (18 comments)
The Historic Mills Station Building - 07/25/12 05:41 PM
The picture below is of the historical Mills Station Building, just over 100 years old. After it was built in 1911, the landmark served the Greater Sacramento community of Mills (now Rancho Cordova) as a commercial center, meeting place, post office, library, firehouse and even a gasoline station. When I was a kid, I remember it’s original location in the vicinity of the Northeast corner of Folsom Boulevard and Mather Field Drive. It sat almost curbside on Folsom Boulevard. In 1972 the building was moved back a couple hundred feet from its original location. After the move, Mills Station acted as (23 comments)
A Summer Storm Creates Strange Bedfellows - 07/23/12 07:44 PM
I suspect folks in other parts of the country will likely get a kick out of Californians getting wide-eyed during a thunder and lightening storm. After all these events often happen on a regular basis, elsewhere. But, Sacramento natives aren’t as familiar with this kind of activity in mid-summer July.Last night I went to bed around 10:00 pm and was abruptly awakened about 2:00 am with what I thought was an explosion in front of my house, the sound immediately followed with a telltale flash from the lightening that followed. This storm was a little wilder than I am comfortable with. (25 comments)
Last week while visiting Yosemite National Park with my grandson, I spotted this massive stone formation that reminded me a little of a lop-eared rabbit. You can see from the trees and brush in the background and foreground, that this is no small rock.It sits immediately to the right of the Glacier Point viewing area (pictured below). The elevation is 7214 feet.
Aaaarrrh! What Do Pirates Like? - 07/17/12 07:34 PM
A couple days ago, when I posted pictures of my granddaughter Macie and I playing with her little pirate ship, I hadn’t processed all photos taken during the party which had lasted late into the evening. There were pirate activities going on until the Moon rose, and shared close space with Venus and Jupiter. There was the cooking of course, and the swimming. There were games, a treasure hunt, and men smoking under majestic Oaks at a cigar lagoon. For this blog, I decided to focus on a great recipe that feeds a bounty of pirates. The dish includes 4 types of potatoes – Yukon Gold, (19 comments)
"Ok Macie, Repair the Ship!" - 07/15/12 08:14 AM
Yesterday was our family’s annual pirate party. It began mid-afternoon, and lasted late into the evening. In the past, I had hosted the event at my home, in autumn, as close as possible to “Talk Like a Pirate” Day around September 19th.However, my 15 year-old grandson, John Luis is visiting from Texas, and he hadn’t been to one of our scallywag gatherings, where the gene pool dresses up as pirates and goes nuts for several hours.My youngest daughter Jill and her husband Steve opened up their home and pool for this year’s event. Granddaughter, Macie, put her heart and soul into (24 comments)
In recent years, I have made several visits to Yosemite National Park. During the dry 2007 draught year, Yosemite Falls in July had been reduced to a disappointing, barely perceivable trickle from atop the rocky face.
However, a return trip in last summer, June 2011, the falls all through Yosemite were hemorrhaging water like no other year I had seen. The winter Sierra Nevada snowpack had been double the norm, which provided a bonanza of natural bling for Yosemite visitors. It has been said that Yosemite is the Crown Jewel of all America's National Parks, and after each (12 comments)
I often listen to attorneys, Steve Foondos and John Sargetis, who host the show, because they are a legal resource for homeowners in trouble with their mortgages here in Sacramento. Steve and John offer insights into the murky world of loan modifications, deeds-in-lieu, short-sales and foreclosures.With news breaking at the beginning of this month that California had passed legislation to quell double tracking by banks, I was especially interested in what (59 comments)
Sometimes, I think those of us, who are natural born American citizens, take for granted our citizenship. We may have yawned in school, during history class; or if we once had an interest, we have since forgot all we knew about the workings of our government, our history, etc.A couple days ago, MSNBC had an article titled, “Could you pass the United States Citizenship test?” The article included a 20 question test, which provided a sample of what is asked on a citizenship test? I was certain I would ace it, so took it. I missed 3 of the 20 questions. I (21 comments)
A Little Trivia About the 4th of July - 07/04/12 05:29 AM
As we take time to celebrate the birth of this great nation, also take time to reflect on the meaning of this annual commemoration of strength, courage and faith of our founding fathers in pursuit of liberty.
Last evening I watched a documentary about the life of John Adams. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were instrumental in the creation of the Declaration of Independence, and in 1776 were also future presidents of the United States. Interestingly enough, both men died within hours of each other, exactly 50 years to the day the Declaration of Independence was signed.
California Legislation to Quell "Double Tracking" by Banks - 07/02/12 07:01 PM
Late breaking news for California homeowners surfaced today, from the office of Kamala Harris, California Attorney General. In hopes of helping troubled homeowners stay in their homes, a series of legislative bills have been approved by state lawmakers,
The focus of the legislation is to tackle practices some homeowners see as egregious in the foreclosure process, which often appear inconsistent and arbitrary.Attorney General Harris is a key sponsor of this legislation, and cites 1 million Californians who lost their homes to foreclosure between 2008 and 2001, while another 500,000 homeowners are in the foreclosure pipeline.Governor Jerry Brown is expected to (6 comments)
The Rich History of Virginia City - 07/01/12 04:17 PM
(Slide Show contains 8 slides) For those that grew up watching the old television show, “Bonanza,” knowing the existence of Virginia City comes easy. In the 430 episodes, during the 14 seasons of 1959 through 1973, nearly every American household had followed at least a few adventures of Ben Cartwright, with his sons, Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe, on their ranch in Virginia City.But there are probably folks, who don't realize Virginia City is an actual town, and is steeped in colorful raucous history.Yesterday, I drove to Reno, to spend time with my grandson, Baron. The two of us ventured onward to Virginia City to see what was happenin’. In (16 comments)
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