Category Archives: Travel

Return to We The North: Mu Shu Pork

Gordon Lightfoot, Sundown Although the NBA Grizzlies left for Memphis long ago, interest in the Toronto Raptors runs high in Vancouver parks and on city sidewalks. This year, heading into We The North territory ready to defend the Golden State Warriors, we … Continue reading

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The Goldilocks Camp: Baked Apple Pudding

Java Jive, Manhattan Transfer If Leslie Stahl sat me down, leaned forward, and said, “Now, Marla, you’re seventy-six, what is the secret to life?” I would have to say, “Moderation.” Now between you and me (we’ll leave Leslie out of … Continue reading

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Wichita Falls shorts

The RM12 bus stopped a few blocks away from our hotel. As the on-line system was difficult to figure out and “Find-a-ride” wouldn’t answer the phone, I waited at the bus stop hoping it might come. It did come, it … Continue reading

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Japan and Gypsy’s: Inauthentic Fried rice

Eddie Raven, Bayou Boys  I assumed that my first food experience in Wichita Falls would be something Texan—barbecue, Mexican, Tex Mex, or Roadhouse. My Sunday plan was to take the downtown bus to the Gypsy Kit Cafe (eclectic Mexican/Asian/Cajun food, Cajun … Continue reading

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Lottie: Clam spaghetti

Eddie Fisher, Anytime It was July, 1952 and we were on our way from Nebraska to Vashon Island. The windows in our 1944 Buick were rolled down, Eddie Fisher crooned Anytime on the radio, Daddy smoked a cigar in the driver’s … Continue reading

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Sacramento Shorts

Sacramento shorts: Sacramento drivers seldom honk their horns, either to complain or to alert. Downtown bus drivers are bored, annoyed, or just plain mean. I was scolded for using my bus app incorrectly, left standing at the bus stop three … Continue reading

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Let the buildings keep our children dry

 Jackson Browne, Before the Deluge We wondered why so many Midtown Sacramento houses have tall, daylight basements and steep, front-yard staircases leading up to wide porches. Sacramento, built in the lowest part of the Sacramento Valley, has historically been vulnerable … Continue reading

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Sacramento: City of Trees

Say something mean and you will immediately be proven wrong. A few weeks ago, I jibed that Sacramento is not found at the top of any list—my bad. “American Forests” names Sacramento’s tree canopy as the best urban forest in … Continue reading

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The Sacramento Delta, “California’s Holland:” Seafood gumbo

No wonder Walt Disney chose California to be the location of his Magic Kingdom. From the north to the south, California stretches the imagination: ever-so-hip San Francisco, Yosemite—an American rock climber’s Mt. Everest, Big Sur, avocados, Lake Tahoe, In-N-Out Burgers, … Continue reading

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Living the life of Eloise: Breakfast-room burrito

As a young reader, I loved the Eloise books, written by Kay Thompson, about the adventures of a six-year old girl who lived on the top floor of New York’s Plaza Hotel. My life in was about as far from … Continue reading

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