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Hackers unleashed a DDOS attack on major websites today, PAYPAL, TWITTER, NETFLIX, & ours! Bones to them.Stay tuned.

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A Howling Harvest and Halloween

“Tickle it with a hoe and it will laugh into a harvest.” English Saying

October proclaims two main events: harvest and Halloween.

It’s been several decades since I’ve worked in our vineyards picking grapes. As a child I drove tractor, plowed fields, and watered the new vineyards vine by vine driving a refitted vintage fire truck with one sibling opening the water valve as we slowly rolled through the rows. Once September and October arrived, the grape harvest began.  Crews of eight workers, including myself, combed every vine with our specially curved knife quickly dropping bunches of ripe berries into the lugs which would be dumped into big bins on the grape trailer. When the truck and trailer had a full load, we’d ride with my Dad to the wineries for the delivery. We all loved being with our Dad hauling the grapes to their wine destination. Although we worked on numerous neighboring farms harvesting, culling, or cutting peaches, apricots, and pears, none of us were fans of the grape picking process. Because of the dearth of available pickers, a couple of years ago my brother invested in a mechanical harvester. This week, on the final night of the cabernet sauvignon harvest, I rode along with my brother and nephew as the huge harvester and four men did the work of six crews with precision and speed. (Instead of picking during the heat of the day, the harvester allows harvesting at night into the early morning hours when it is cooler.) Although we still have several acres that are hand picked, I hollered “hallelujah” to this happy mechanical harvesting experience.

Lamorinda boasts a rich grape growing precedent with a 130 year-old history. The Lamorinda Wine Growers Association, ( dedicated to sustainable farming and community building, is re-establishing the areas love of the vine and wine along with our pleasant pear past.  Lamorinda is now a recognized wine region with it’s own viticulture appellation thanks to the hard work of the Lamorinda Wine Growers Association. The varietals grown throughout Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga span the French Bordeaux area with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot to the Rhone regions’ Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Viognier. Burgundy is represented by the Pinot Noir grape and Lamorindans also grow small amounts of Sangiovese and Chardonnay. Because the plots are small, grapes are hand picked. A mechanical harvester has not become a necessary piece of equipment…yet. I’m hoping that 2016 will be heralded as a prime vintage year.

Preparing for Halloween, it’s time to harvest the pumpkins, gourds, and winter squash. If you don’t grow your own, you’ll find funky as well as colorful pumpkins at the local Farmer’s Market and even many of the grocery stores. Apples and Asian pears are still hanging from the trees awaiting their reaper. Find a recipe for making caramel or candied apples to enjoy an old fashioned treat. Cut your corn stalks to use in decorations and buy a hay bale to add to the décor. You can later use the hay to cover your newly planted vegetable patch. The hay mulch will keep most weeds from emerging as the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins begin their rampage.

It’s time to howl at the moon with a glass of Lamorinda produced wine!  Enjoy a grape adventure!

Mid Month Gardening Tips from Cynthia Brian

The next two months are busy ones in the garden as we prepare our beds for a winter’s sleep. Chrysanthemums will be displaying their full glory soon, a certain beacon of the blazing fall colors to follow.  Get out there and get it done now.

FERTILIZE lawns during the rain for faster absorption. Don’t forget to re-seed during these wet days as well.

PULL any weeds you find in your garden before they develop seed heads.

CREATE a sunflower arch for a festive October wine fest.

PLANT a variety of lettuces in a window box or container kept close to your kitchen to keep your salads fresh all season Clip the micro greens as they sprout for delicate, delicious delights.

REPAIR birdhouses so that overwintering birds such as bluebirds, chickadees, and nuthatches will have a warm, safe, cozy place to rest during the upcoming cold nights.

INCREASE bird feeders in your yard as birds consume more food in fall and winter.

TUNE up your garden by pruning back overgrown shrubs and adding three or five New Zealand flax for their spiky form and variegated colors.

DIG and divide iris rhizomes now. Make sure to keep a few inches of the leaves on the stems and bury the roots two inches deep, eighteen to twenty inches apart.

WATCH the antics of the lizards as they sun themselves on rocks during these final days of warmth.

STOP watering remaining summer crops to force your final produce to ripen.

PRUNE your berry bushes, including summer raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries by removing dead canes. Thin any new forming canes.

AMEND your hard clay soil with large amounts of compost.

MULCH with wood chips to prevent erosion and maintain temperate soil temperatures.

MAKE a beautiful arrangement of fall flowers and foliage snipped from your trees and bushes.

FREEZE or can your vine tomatoes before the rains rot them.

ENROLL in a course on edible gardening, native plants, or composting.

PROPOGATE perennials through root cuttings.

INDULGE in forest bathing…or just take a walk in nature.

SAVE seeds from your favorite annuals, herbs, and vegetables by gathering, drying, labeling, and storing.

HARVEST the remainder of ripe produce before the end of the month-apples, Asian Pears, peppers, Swiss chard.

IMPROVE your health by enjoying grapes, apples, pears, pumpkins, and squash.

ROAST seeds from squash and pumpkins by first cleaning, drying, soaking in salted water, then, baking at 375 degrees until golden brown. What a healthy snack!

TIE dried corn stalks together to add to your front door fall décor.

Happy Gardening, Happy Growing, Happy Harvested Halloween!

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Determining Your Baby, Nature Awakenings, Roland Allnach’s Vessels

It may seem like sci-fi, but we care getting closer to determining everything you want in the child you want to conceive. Girl, blue eyes, 5’9”, smart, loves music may not be in the too distant future. Is this a good thin? Find out in Health Matters with Heather Brittany and Cynthia Brian.

Create your own garden of healing and inspiration by incorporating simple elements. To dream, awaken and heal with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian. If you really want to indulge in the free wellness program designed by Mother Nature, it’s in your best interest to get out there and dig deeply.

With dozens of national book awards, Roland Allnach returns to the strange and surreal path forged by his critically acclaimed Oddities & Entities with nine new tales in his newest horror/speculative fiction book, Vessels. Sometimes you need to be broken to be made whole. Frightening stories from the deep abyss of human nature, Roland relates his writing process and the meanderings of his mind.

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After more than twenty years of hospital night shifts, Roland Allnachb has winessed life form a slightly different angle. He has authored six books that have been recognized with over a dozen national awards, including honors from National Indie Excellence, Foreword Reviews Readers’ Favorite, Feathered Quill Review, and Pacific Book Review.  His non fiction book is The Writer’s Primer: A Practical Guide for Aspiring  Authors Seeking Publication and his newest horror/speculative fiction book is Oddities & Entities 2, Vessels.  When not immersed in his imagination and writing, he enjoys spending time with his family.

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The Benefits of Being a Volunteer

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~Gandhi

Hosts Brigitte Jia and Maria Wong along with reporters Asya Gonzalez, Katie Choo, and Joven Hundal talk about what volunteering means to them.  They read the chapter, The Gift of Volunteerism, from Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. Volunteering with Be the Star You Are!® and Express Yourself!™ has been an amazing experience that benefits others and benefits the volunteers. Asya shares information on how to help stop human trafficking via volunteering, Katie offers job opportunities in non profits and Joven discusses how to help with the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.

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Volunteering is like giving away a piece of yourself, only to have it returned to you in an even better condition, and twice as valuable as it had originally been.  Volunteering gives you a feeling of peace, and makes you smile.  Volunteering brightens everything you do because you get that “feel good” sensation when you know you have helped someone else.  Volunteering offers you the opportunity to change people’s lives, including your own. It’s also a great way to meet people, make new friends, and be exposed to different aspects of life.  Volunteering also helps the volunteer find a glimpse into a future career.

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Roland Allnach returns to StarStyle with his horror tale,Vessels. Determine your baby & awaken nature. Wed. 4-5pm PT

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