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Poinsettias: Purity and Flower of the Noche Buena

PHOTO: The “poinsettia house” at the Plant Barn in Chico, where (including the many years under the umbrella of Chico Propagators) poinsettias have been cultivated for a dozen winters or more. Most good nurseries and garden centers will have greenhouse sections dedicated to the plants – to visit the warm, moist greenhouse filled with seasonal [...]

Mistress of the Mix: Little White Christmas Lies, or Yes, Valerie, There Is A Santa Claus

When I was about 5, I started to doubt the existence of Santa Claus. I think it started when I was playing in the front yard, looked up towards the roof and noticed how small the opening of the fireplace on our house was. I’d been a first grader for four months already, and I [...]

Snowshoeing at Manzanita Lake

A rare window of opportunity presented itself on Saturday, 12/13/14 as a clear day followed a heavy snowfall. My wife Bernadette and I headed to our favorite snowshoe venue, Manzanita Lake. And there we encountered a winter wonderland. Enjoy! Andy Ooley is a local musician and Redding native. When not building ultrasonic medical equipment for [...]

Schreder, Weaver Join Majority in Moving Public Comments to End of Council Meetings

Redding’s newest City Council members stuck to their guns Tuesday and joined the majority in voting to shift the time allotted for public comments to the end of council meetings. The 4-1 vote was identical to the Dec. 2 meeting when the new council first addressed the issue, and again the council was subjected to [...]

What Now, Redding?

A funny thing happened on the way to the voting booth this year; Redding voters elected the most progressive city council in memory. While already pretty stunning when you consider the conservative tilt of our community, this took place within the context of an almost overwhelming conservative landslide nationally. There are many possible reasons for [...]

Or So it Seems … National Fruitcake Month – A Mayan Warning

Every December, my wife and I clash on the most serious question of our time. Is fruitcake food or something far more sinister? My wife belongs to a not-so-secret society that LIKES fruitcake. I find this troubling. To me, the stone-like substance masquerading as dessert is an evil recipe-gone-wrong. How is it possible to take [...]

Free Therapy # 51: The Deep Meaning of Christmas (According to me, Jim and Jesus) And you?

I must have been about ten when I thought my mother was dead. I had no evidence. None. There was no reason for the fear. It was just a thought that popped into my brain. I was home alone on a school day, pretending to be sick. My brother and sister were at school and [...]

Hogmanay and First Footing

I’m writing to you from a cozy room decorated with streamers, snowflakes and ornaments. We are coming into the festive season and winter is nipping at the windows and doors with icy teeth – another gale! Christmas is a big deal for children but traditionally it wasn’t the biggest celebration here in the Highlands. It’s [...]

Once Upon A Brew Pub – Krogh’s Restaurant and Brew Pub

Ever since I was young I have always enjoyed rustic lakeside restaurants. My family and I used to travel to Minnesota for summer vacation, and ever since, these older places have had a special appeal to me. Krogh’s was built in the late 1930s on the shores of Lake Mohawk in New Jersey. The dark [...]

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