A Book For Our Times? The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

One of the things I’ve been trying to do over the past few years is catch up on some classics that escaped my education (or I was able to avoid, I’m not sure which it was). So, last month, I fired up the audiobook of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, which I had never…

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Central Coast Dog Days

Penny here. Most often, Friday nights are pretty easy around here. There’s usually a trip to the chaparral and then comes the drink-making (I never get one, but after they’ve had a couple, I can always count on more treats…) and the dinner-making and the whole weekend thing gets started. I like weekends. My people…

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Easy Go

Last month, the Beloved and I watched the film Margin Call. It was a dramatized take on the events at a prominent Wall Street financial firm (they should have disguised the name as Breeman Lothers) as the home mortgage based crash of 2008 began to unravel around them. It was a good, albeit depressing, film.…

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Seal Safari

During our getaway the other weekend to the coast near Año Nuevo State Reserve, we saw that there is a well-established elephant seal rookery at Año Nuevo Island and on the nearby beach. And better yet, we found that you can sign up for a guided nature tour and seal observation hike. That sounded like…

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Happy Año Nuevo

Each year, the Beloved runs a big scientific meeting during the first week in January. It’s the most time-consuming thing that she does all year. It’s a little bit of a bummer that it hangs there on the horizon during the holidays, but that’s the way things go sometimes. Because it’s a pretty big deal…

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Star Struck

Lost amid the packings and re-packings of a life was a picture that I drew in the third grade. My teacher, Mrs. Bacon (seriously), had asked us to draw ourselves as adults in the profession that we most wanted to be. I drew myself tall and lanky, with long red hair, and glasses (2-for-4 overall,…

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Capital Capitol

I’ve been a Californian for more than 10 years, but before last weekend had never been to the state capital of Sacramento. Now, our primary reason for going was for the party on Saturday, but the Beloved and I had most of Friday to sightsee – and we figured we had time to see a…

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The Lathe of California

In Ursula K. LeGuin’s 1971 novel The Lathe of Heaven, the protagonist, who can re-shape the world with his subconscious, is guided to dream of a world without racism. And rather than change peoples’ minds, he creates a world in which everyone is grey – no different races equals no possibility of racism. I thought…

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Santa Ana Saturday

After a long and (by Southern California standards) cold and rainy fall and early winter, we were treated to a glorious day of mild Santa Anas that ushered in warm temps (75-80) and bright clear sunshine. This was particularly fortuitous as we’re getting visited by one of The Beloved’s best friends and her 12-year old…

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A Grand Adventure

After a decade in California, I finally visited one of its iconic places – Disneyland.  I had never been before and it was always one of those places that the Beloved and I kept saying we “ought” to go.  We’d just never seemed to get around to it.  Last weekend, she organized a big meeting…

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