California Stories

The Sta. Rita Hills– a special part of Santa Barbara County Wine Country

A Road Trip to Santa Barbara County Wine Country

John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, Booker T. Washington, Helen Keller…and Miss Piggy?

A Santa Barbara fortress to keep France and England from knocking on California’s door? Now isn’t that something!

More California history–Following the trail of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island

If you’re going to visit the Sierra Nevada Mountains, be prepared for tranquility!

California Petroglyph Vandalism

A Visit to Grand Park

Stress-busting at the Huntington Botanical Gardens

Little Altars Everywhere…and Dia de los Muertos

How are General George S. Patton, the San Gabriel Mission and an old grist mill connected? Come take a field trip with me and I’ll explain.

A Santa Barbara fortress to keep France and England from knocking on California’s door? Now isn’t that something!

Searching for a cooler climate leads to the Santa Barbara Bowl and Crosby, Stills and Nash!

Music and nostalgia…particularly Hamlisch, David and Williams (Hollywood Bowl)

The Rose Garden at Exposition Park: A good place to de-stressify!

More Walt Disney Concert Hall…Discovering geometry and steel softened with a rose garden surprise!

Photos from inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall…Busted!

More California history–Following the trail of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island

Six degrees of General George S. Patton

Following the circuitous trail of the illustrious Patton’s

wine, citrus and water–still following the trail of General Patton’s Southern California family

A few more notes about the Chumash and Nicoleño people…still following the mission trail.

The story of the Southern California grape–in a glass, that is!

A historical Carousel and a day in THE Park

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