Monthly Archives: September 2016

Old Mission Santa Barbara

The legend of St. Barbara, namesake of the city of Santa Barbara, sounds like a Game of Thrones’ episode. Saint Barbara was born in the Third Century to a rich pagan who locked her in a tower to keep her … Continue reading

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Mme. Ganna Walska’s Lotusland

Here’s an old beekeeper’s joke: Q: If you had a million dollars, what would you do?  A: Keep bees until the money ran out. With her millions, Madame Ganna Walska kept Lotusland and the money hasn’t run out yet. Born Hanna Puacz in … Continue reading

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Slow Food and long friendships: Vegetable fritters

 Three Dog Night, Road to Shambala Three times a year, the sweetie and I spend a day with our our six friends from the 1970s. Some things have changed over the past forty years: our children have grown into adults, … Continue reading

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Mainstream Snippets

Harry Nilsson, Everybody’s Talking I am cursed (or blessed) with a tendency not only to hear but to listen to the conversations of strangers—at the movies, in a restaurant, on a Starbucks line, or on our patio. I am intrigued … Continue reading

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