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Feeling Gratitude This Memorial Day

As I scrolled through Twitter this morning, I came upon a tweet by Sam Whiting of the San Francisco Chronicle that completely changed my Memorial Day.  It was the story of George Retelas, a 36-year old who inherited his grandfather’s camera bag from World War II, which also happened to contain his grandpa’s war journal. […]

Cheap or Clever |thrift store junkies

You decide: Am I cheap or clever? I guess you could say I’m cheap, but I prefer to think of myself as clever.  After all, is it really all that smart to pay more for something than you really have to?  Um. no.  Case in point: we needed to find two replacement exterior light fixtures. […]

Oakland’s Newest Thrift Store in Temescal

Oakland’s newest thrift store is actually one of it’s oldest and most popular.  Those of you who have thrifted in Oakland will fondly remember the Clausen House on Telegraph Avenue.  I’ve found many wonderful things at that store over the years.  Vintage clothing, funky furniture, cherished dishware.  And many a gift for a friend. It […]

Creative Reuse Abounds at Art at The Source

A recent trip to Sonoma County for the annual Art at the Source Open Studios turned up a never-ending list of delights.  First, there was a yummy breakfast of french-folded eggs with toast and blackberry jam at Willow Wood Market in Graton.  Then, the art-filled day began with a visit to the lovely studio & gallery […]

Garbage Bag Designer Dresses As Haute Couture

Designer dresses can come in a surprising form.  Probably one of the most interesting things about the current Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the De Young is his use of unorthodox materials in his design.  There’s the hat made from hair, the latex wedding dress, and then there’s my personal favorite – the garbage bag […]


When I want to get away for a little R & R, the first place that comes to mind is Calistoga in the Napa Valley.  Recently, I had some friends in town from So Cal and the three of us spent a lovely week-end up there.  I thought I’d share my money-saving tips for how […]

Birds of a Feather Flock Together {or do they?}

Well, as it turns out, not all birds act alike or do the same things, after all. Different birds have different bird communication, colors, nesting habits and other things that set them apart. Recently, we took one of our favorite munchkins to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. I had no idea what we […]

The Pumpkin Patch That Gives Back

This one’s from the archives in honor of Halloween….Every Autumn we pack up the car, collect our favorite little goblins (happily borrowed for the day) and head out on Highway 80 until we reach the Western Railway Museum off Highway 12 between Fairfield and Rio Vista.  This non-profit is dedicated to preserving electric train history, […]

A Beautiful Day at Mountain Play

In 1913, a group of thespians and their supporters started producing plays high atop Mount Tamalpais in Marin County with their first performance Abraham and Isaac. Little did they know that nearly 100 years later, groups of people would still be carting their wicker baskets filled with gourmet lunches and their favorite beverages to the […]

Edible Schoolyard

We hit the Edible Schoolyard’s Mother’s Day fundraiser this week-end and much to our delight discovered not only a Mother’s Day present for my wonderful mother-in-law, but a field of organic dreams.   There were green, leafy veggies, stalks of corn and a summer salad full of fruits and veggies growing in the soil.  Because this […]

Hay House

Hay House - Healing ourselves and planet earth