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We don’t do winter well in SoCal

Hot Flashes

Holy icicles, Batman! I think Mother Nature subbed Martha Stewart on the frost detail this morning. Our lawn looked like fondant overload, tempting a lick until my fingers froze and my cheeks cracked. A cold snap has kicked our California cool in the derriere, leaving our outdoor kitchens soaked by endless drizzle. In this green valley where flip-flops are perennial […]

Upside of downpour seen in cloud show

On the Trail

There were some colossal and astounding cumulus cloud formations above the Las Virgenes and Conejo valleys following the explosive thunder and lightning show on Jan. 31. Oh yeah, there was rain, too, but the precipitation was overshadowed by the peal of house-shuddering thunder that drowned out the alarm’s 7 a.m. wake-up call and the sudden flashes of brilliant light flooding […]

Uplifting time during downtown vacation

Flying Squirrel

What’s the tallest outdoor structure you’ve ever visited, from which you’ve been able to enjoy a glass of wine and a fantastic sunset? And yes, I did say outdoors. Until this past weekend, I wouldn’t have had a quick answer to that question. Now I do. After visiting the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure show on Saturday, I walked up […]


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