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Fire

We experience a distinctive kind of vulnerability living here in drought conditions at the edge of the brush and chaparral. I snapped the above ominous-looking photo on Thursday afternoon while we were driving north on Highway 101 near El Capitan. The fire had not yet reached … Continue reading

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The Living Stories Collective

It’s time for me to tell you about my other website, an ongoing labor of love created for the gathering and archiving of stories and memories through personal interviews. I hope you will visit and explore it at your leisure. Here … Continue reading

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At The Sea Wall

The heat radiated from the stones and sand and sapped us of our energy. Even our talk was lazy…inconsequential comments, meandering thoughts, broken bits of memory. Oh, sometimes we were serious as we two are prone to be, but we also talked about the … Continue reading

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Melting Away Into Leaves

A few days ago I went to a gathering at El Chorro Ranch to celebrate the life of Esther Isaacson, a special lady who lived to be 102, most of those years spent in that very place. As the memorial booklet said, Esther was a … Continue reading

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Chunk of Coal

The other day I picked up a chunk of coal on the beach and started wondering about it. We find these now and then, but only in a certain stretch at the west end. “It’s vintage coal,” said a local … Continue reading

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Arroyo Hondo Foray

Yesterday we enjoyed a showery stroll through the 782-acre Arroyo Hondo Preserve managed by the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. To the left is a colorful relief map of the canyon, which features impressive rock formations and many layers … Continue reading

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Staying Sane

Farms and ranches and open space around here blur into farms and ranches and open space, and if you’re willing to wander and invited to do so, there’s plenty of good territory for exercise and camaraderie. It’s a fine way … Continue reading

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Yearning for Rain

There are plenty of photos I could post of stunning sunsets and beautiful beaches at low tide, but I wanted to acknowledge another reality. We are in dire need of rain.  I spent the first half of my life in … Continue reading

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A Bit of Time Travel in Guadalupe

Kam and I have decided it’s time to turn our attention back to our Guadalupe project, so yesterday we headed west on 135 and north on 1, past ranches and fields and the scruffy old warehouses and industrial buildings and … Continue reading

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A Grand Lady Turns 100

Yesterday I had the honor of attending a celebration of the 100th birthday of Esther Isaacson. It was a gathering of family and friends at the ranch where Esther has lived for 75 years. A song, a toast…and many blessings…to … Continue reading

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