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Ditch the Holiday Stress

When I was a kid, my mom made the holidays magical.  The smells of freshly baked cookies filled our home daily.  Christmas records were all that she allowed us to play from the day…

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But, Did It Make You Happy?

It is easy to get lost in the day-to-day.  Appointments, meetings, cooking, cleaning and kids fill the hours and…

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A Gala of Giving

We were recently invited to attend the annual Rotary Gala for one of our local Rotary chapters. …

Local Businesses

Hidden gems are hidden throughout our local back roads.   And although many treasures remain preserved off the beaten path,…

Local Non-Profit Organizations

Non-profits are vital to our community because they are what add to the quality of life of community members…

Community and People

Our Community and People segments will highlight events in the community, as well as the people that…

A History of Holiday Lights and Where to See Them Locally

Regardless of the reason for the holiday season, lights adorning homes and lining streets are characteristics of…

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Train Your Way to Backroad Adventures

The best summer of my life was potentially the worst summer of my mom’s life. I was raised in…

Take the Long Way Home for Dinner

From the Delta to the Bay, there is no shortage of what amazing culinary experiences you can…

John Muir House Martinez

Living History at the John Muir National Historic Site

I didn’t really appreciate history when I was young, I couldn’t remember names or dates, and when it came…

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The Spirit of Giving

With the holidays season in full swing, people begin to focus on giving.  Often that giving is…