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  • Autumn Gales and Tough Old Ladies

    What shall I write about? I wondered just now. I can hardly think for the sound of the howling wind outside… Ah, that’s it! The wind! You might not think a lot can be said about a blowy day, but around here there are a lot of them especially this time of year as autumn [...]

    Thanksgiving Calls for Favorite Recipes

    Editor’s note: this is a best-of A News Cafe column that originally ran on November 23, 2010. My pink house isn’t finished enough yet for me to host a meal, so it’s the sisters’ Thanksgiving event at twin Shelly’s house. Sister Bethany will bring an organic turkey from St. Helena, as well as items for the olive platter, [...]

    Turtle Bay Welcomes New Pond Turtles

    Turtle Bay Exploration Park recently welcomed four baby Western Pond Turtles. Turtle Bay is part of a Conservation Program with Sonoma State, San Francisco Zoo, and Oakland Zoo to help native pond turtles. “We wanted to be part of making a direct impact on animals beyond education and thought what better animal to help than [...]

    Community Advocate Known for High-End Custom Guitars

    Jason Schroeder unlocks the door of his south Redding guitar workshop and steps into the unassuming, sunlit space. He’s just come from a meeting with businessmen Ed Rullman and Mike Dahl – wearing his “community advocacy hat” – but switches easily to the labor that pays the bills, gives him schedule flexibility, and, most notably, [...]

    Wreaths of the Season 2014

    The beauty of the garden in winter is a unique pleasure: fragrant, fresh evergreens, bright berries, frosty mornings. Photo: Frosty Indian hawthorne on a cold North State morning. Seasonal greens, winter fruits, and sculptural cones have long been associated with the winter holidays–with brightening shortened days and long nights, with the universal hope for the [...]

    Writings of a Wanderer: Whirlwind Trip to Italy Begins in Naples

    In October, my husband Richard and I celebrated our marriage with a honeymoon in Italy. It was our first trip to Europe. It was the adventure of a lifetime. We created our own itinerary, which included seeing four cities in 10 days: Naples, Rome, Florence and Venice. Richard and I learned the basics of the [...]

    The Bear Facts: A Conversation with Pete Figura – Bears are Common Redding Visitors

    You may recall that Sunday, a black bear romped through my Garden Tract neighborhood in Redding. He made a stop on my roof and exited through my back yard before touring other parts of downtown. Eventually, he was “darted”  by Pete Figura of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Today, Figura updates us on [...]

    Best Part of Thanksgiving: Creamy Pumpkin Pie

    Editor’s note: this is a best-of A News Cafe column originally published on November 22, 2008. Thanksgiving is full of family traditions, food memories, and of course hours of fantastic kitchen fun for the dedicated foodies.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. I adore the smells, decorations, lovely trees throughout the north [...]

    Cranberries: Thanksgiving’s Crowning Glory

      Face it. Turkey’s a wonderfully versatile bird. But turkey aside, I must say that I’m partial to this Spiced Orange Cranberry Relish recipe. I make it every year. I love its color, so deep and ruby. I love its sweet-tartness. I love its sugar and spices and everything niceness. I love that this recipe takes practically no [...]


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