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Free Therapy # 54: Free to Be Who We Are

Okay so here’s the deal. I figured out a long time ago what I was here for and it has made my life a little easier to know that secret. I am here to serve. My life is all about service and surrender. Knowing that has helped me a lot. It does not mean I [...]

Fresh Faces, Strong Performances Add a Hop to Riverfront’s ‘Harvey’

Elwood P. Dowd doesn’t sweat the small stuff. In fact, for a guy who is fast friends with a 6-foot-tall rabbit that nobody else can see, he is pretty darn chill. And therein lies the charm of “Harvey,” which opened a five-weekend run last Saturday at Riverfront Playhouse. Brian Storm, who is making his Riverfront [...]

Pot and Public Safety Top Topics of Tuesday’s City Council Meeting

The thorny issue of public safety, or the growing lack thereof, surfaced repeatedly at Tuesday’s meeting of the Redding City Council. It first popped up in the form of a proposal by Councilman Gary Cadd to prohibit the outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana within city limits, much as last November’s passage of Measure A banned [...]

The Empty Lands

Have you ever heard of the Highland Clearances? I hadn’t, until I moved here. A terrible time in Scottish history, Highlanders in the 1800s were thought to be less than their ‘betters’ in England, even considered sub-human – and then those supposed ‘betters’ decided to rid themselves of those who stood in the way of [...]

Downton Abbey Episode 3: Will Mary Marry? Will Edith’s Love Child Be Discovered? Did Bates Murder His Wife’s Rapist?

This is a recap. There are major spoilers here. It’s been a week since Mary and Lord Gillingham arrived at the hotel in Liverpool for their tryst, and they are spending a lazy morning in bed together. Lord Gillingham wants to spend more time in the city, but Mary says they’ve gotten away with things [...]

On Being: ‘The Art & Discipline of Nonviolence’

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’m sharing a moving interview that aired on KCHO Sunday by Krista Tippitt, the host of the Peabody-award winning radio show, “On Being”. Tippitt spoke with Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights leader who lived to tell about what happened more than 50 years ago in Selma, [...]

Dyeing with Mushrooms: Art, Craft & Science

Mushrooms are sometimes delicious and sometimes dangerous but they are always beautiful and mysterious. Did you know that they also can produce some beautiful dyes? A rainbow of colors in fact. PHOTO: Jack-O-Lantern mushrooms are some of Sherri Scott’s favorite fungi to use for dye. They can produce vibrant purples and lavenders with the right [...]

Mistress of the Mix: Oh, The (Cards Against) Humanity!

Every month, I get together with a group of girlfriends for ‘Bunco’ night. We’ve been doing it for several years, to the point where we have finally had to start admitting to our husbands that we don’t even play Bunco. When I finally made the confession, he said, “So now we can just start calling [...]

Just Sayin’: You’ve Got a Peeve, I’ve Got a Peeve. All God’s Chillun Got Peeves

You think you don’t have any peeves? Oh, come on now. Sure you do. We all have peeves. You know, it’s that little something that consistently annoys us, but not enough to do something about. Or else it’s the something over which we have no control,  but annoys us anyway. It may be something never [...]

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