Author Archives: Debra

About Debra

As a native to Southern California I'm interested in the history and geography of the region, with particular attention to how the demands for water have shaped an entire region. I am eclectic in my interests and closely follow history, but with an eye on the future, enjoying as much time as possible with my two granddaughters, children and railroad husband Jay. You may be more interested in getting to know me through stories of our large Sulcata Tortoise, Darwin. We are a very active household.

Pressing the PAUSE button



I’ve tried to pick up my blogging pace. Many times. I seem to need a blogging break.


A few days before Thanksgiving we lost an incredibly special family member, and it feels like the lights went out. We’re a little lost.


This week brings a fresh challenge and all attention is focused towards my dad. Progressive Parkinson’s Disease makes every day a struggle, but sometimes that struggle is full-blown and he needs our full attention.


I need to be as present as possible, attending to the needs of my family.

I may not be able to post for a while, but if I pop in to say hello you’ll know I count you as a friend. That is true of course, but also, I’d like to ring in the new year with each of you.

I’ll be back…before too long.