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The Grape Escape

By Cynthia Brian “Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” Louis Pasteur Wherever you travel in California, you’ll witness miles and miles of beautiful vineyards. Over 90% of all the wine made in America is produced in … Continue reading

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Outside is Inside

 by Cynthia Brian “I went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” John Muir As summer draws to a close, it’s natural to want to grab the last … Continue reading

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Naked Ladies Strut with the Wild Things

“Those who danced were thought insane  by those who could not hear the music.” ~Unknown Can you hear the music? Or are you insane? Dancing in the breeze, Naked Ladies are South African natives in the Amaryllis belladonna family with … Continue reading

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In Praise of Farmers

“Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.” Daniel Webster With so many luscious fruits and vegetables … Continue reading

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Rats, Rattles, and Voles

By Cynthia Brian “There’s a snake lurking in the grass.” Virgil 10 rattles! Diamond pattern on the skin. This was no gopher snake! I was checking my orchard on the hill agonizing over the gopher mounds when I saw the … Continue reading

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Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian: Shimmer, Shine, Sizzle, and Shoot

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” James Matthew Barrie, 1860-1937, Author of Peter Pan Ah, summer at last! Pleasant days sprinkled with orange sunsets, jasmine scented balmy nights, bushels of fresh herbs, … Continue reading

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