Category Archives: wine and food

Revisiting Amador-able

Last year around this time, Mike and I grabbed a handful of friends and hit up the California wine region of Amador County, a little pocket of gold country east of Sacramento.           This year, we weren’t planning … Continue reading

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Magnificent Mt. Shasta

When I first caught sight of it I was 50 miles away and afoot, alone and weary. Yet all my blood turned to wine, and I have not been weary since. John Muir of Mt Shasta, 1874 View from Mount … Continue reading

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Amador-able: Go Get You Some

In the Sierra Nevada foothills lies the county of Amador. Its rolling hills are dotted with oaks and vineyards. In the Autumn, shades of yellow, orange, and red smear together across the Shenandoah Valley like oils on a palette. Tiny, historic towns with storefronts reminiscent … Continue reading

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Name Your Good

Saturday night, my husband and I hit local restaurant Club Paradisio in Redding. We’ve been trying to get there since last October when I first discovered it and ate there one cold, October night. I found this treasure after the hospital cafeteria closed during my mom’s late … Continue reading

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The Oak at Dusk

Nature, on an ordinary day, is anything but ordinary. It mesmerizes me, when I stop long enough to breathe it in. Last night was one of those moments. I headed out to the hot tub around 5:00 and watched day … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures in Trinity County

You can stack our summer up into a pile of swim meets, swim practices, and community service shift taxi rides that looks like a wobbly Jenga tower about to crash. We’re nearing the top of that tower as July wraps … Continue reading

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Plan to Get Creative (Part 1)

Part 1 of 2 I come from a long line of talented oil painters. When my oldest son was little, I took him to private classes and sure enough he had it, too. I was intimidated. What if the painting … Continue reading

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Fun with Friends in the Cave

In my 20s, I remember telling a counselor I really didn’t have any friends or any time to work friends in. I had been in an abusive marriage with a spouse that bullied me–what I did, who I did it … Continue reading

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