Farming is Hell
Jan22

Farming is Hell

Well, actually, it isn’t. It’s very pleasant and rewarding. But it does involve a lot of killing. At least if you are trying to farm crops organically in a native plant ecosystem. Anyone who reads this blog knows that we’ve spent years defending this little patch of original Sonoma ecology from the ravages of invasive, non-native plants. So far, our greatest line of defense has been minimal to no irrigation, except...

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Start as You Mean to Go On
Jan01

Start as You Mean to Go On

I love the feeling of January 1st, with a crisp, shiny new year ahead of me. Time to make those resolutions and tick some items off the Bucket List. Just because I haven’t been that good about keeping resolutions doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try it again. Hope springs eternal and this time, this time, I really believe I’ll make it happen. I know you are supposed to make small incremental goals like “put on...

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A Blogged Grab Bag
Nov10

A Blogged Grab Bag

My preferred format for blogging is the essay. Which means I usually try to find a topic and more or less stick with it for an entire post. But every now and then miscellaneous things happen, which I think might be interesting, but that even I can’t spin up into an entire post. And usually I can spin most anything into a post. So, in no particular order, a few things that happened this week: Remember I said there was a big...

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Managing My Mid-Life Crisis
Nov05

Managing My Mid-Life Crisis

And I do think I’m having one. I definitely need a new car — in fact a whole new category of car — for all the reasons outlined here. But I’m realizing my decision-making is not about the car. My decision is being informed by the vision of myself that I suddenly want to be. It’s just getting expressed through the car. Let me backtrack. For all of my driving life, I’ve had safe cars —...

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Hell on Wheels
Oct29

Hell on Wheels

By now, most people know I’m on Team Prius. I’ve had three so far, starting from when they first rolled out in the U.S. in the Year 2000. I’m always looking for ways to be more eco-friendly, but the big impetus was the election of George W. Bush. I was so furious and so concerned that this would set us back environmentally that I went out looking for an electric car. They were just being pulled off the market, so I...

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All Aboard for CritterTown
Oct16

All Aboard for CritterTown

Apparently, I’m not very good at keeping readers up to speed on how our various Sonoma critters are faring. Actually, with this crazy spring and summer of shifting residences and various sidetracking adventures, I guess I haven’t been very good at updating much of anything about Sonoma. But after woefully neglecting Two Terrier Vineyards and Rancho Los Dos Terriers, I’m trying to get back to my regular schedule of...

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More Roadside Impressions
Oct02

More Roadside Impressions

Well, another themed and blogged roadtrip wrapped up. First there was the Golden Girls Tour, where I took my 75 year old mother and her buddy down the California coast. Then I tackled The Mission Mission where I attempted to visit all of California’s 21 Spanish missions. Two years ago, I embarked on The Road Less Traveled where I traversed The Loneliest Road in America (Rte 50 through Nevada, the old Lincoln Highway) and visited...

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Modocs and Casino Madness
Sep30

Modocs and Casino Madness

After yesterday’s long haul through Oregon, I crossed the California border at about 5pm and pulled into Alturas, the largest, maybe even the only city in Modoc County. Modoc County, in the extreme Northeast corner of the state, has the distinction of being simultaneously the most Republican County in California and the county where residents, per capita, rely most heavily on Welfare and other government programs. They are also...

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An Oregon Long Haul
Sep27

An Oregon Long Haul

One of the hallmarks of my roadtrips is just driving. Especially driving on roads less traveled. So the plan from Pendleton on the Lost Coast Then Just Lost Tour was to make a long haul down the full length of Oregon. Oregon makes it easy. Since there are no major interstates out in the Eastern part, I didn’t have to work hard to find an alternative route. It was Route 395 all the way. While it plays a distinct second fiddle to...

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The Cowboy Town Where Indians Rule
Sep26

The Cowboy Town Where Indians Rule

Yesterday, when my Prius was slammed into, I was already running late. I was rushing to beat an impending rainstorm and get to my next stop before dark. So I finished up a full day as if nothing had happened. However, this morning it all hit home. Add to that Lucy, who sometimes gets the seasonal itchies, had a flair up. So all three of us — me, Prius and terrier — needed to regroup. We opted to stay an extra day in...

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