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While Vic was on a pelagic trip with Sea and Sage Audubon on Saturday, I attended a three-hour disaster preparedness seminar put on by Huntington Beach. I learned so many important things that it is impossible to put them all into one column....
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center's "State of the Climate: Global Analysis for Annual 2010" makes for some pretty sobering reading. Vic and I waded through the nine-page document over the hot Fourth...
Vic and I are pleased to announce a new addition to our family — a baby grandson. After five precious granddaughters, we're thrilled to have a grandson, especially since we are pretty sure that he will be our last grandchild. Robert Michael...
Experiencing a culinary delicacy doesn't get much better than Crab Tuesdays at AnQi Gourmet Bistro & Noodle Bar at South Coast Plaza. It's a rare weekly foodie event hosted by celebrity Chef Helene An, the matriarch and executive chef of all An Family...
Tags: Macy's, Inc., Garlic, Foods and Beverages, Pasta, Labor Day
In April 2002, Lou Murray wrote about the Bolsa Chica Land Trust's restoration work: "We applaud the ongoing removal of nonnative iceplant on the Bolsa Chica sand dunes and the planting of native plants on the mesa because it creates more natural...
The Huntington Beach Community Garden at the end of Atlanta Avenue opened last Saturday with a celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony. After two years of planning and meetings, the garden is now a reality. The week before the grand opening, the garden...
Tags: Starbucks Corp., Salads
The big excitement in our yard is that a pair of house wrens has set up house in our bluebird nest box. Vic and I got the nest box from Friends of Shipley Nature Center last year, but I put it up too late in the season to attract any bluebirds. A male...
After two years of seemingly endless planning meetings, the Huntington Beach Community Garden is finally going into the ground. The new organic gardens will be at the end of Atlanta Avenue near Brookhurst Street, under the Southern California Edison...
The Bolsa Chica Land Trust and California Department of Fish and Game are finally holding a public meeting where they will present their plan for the Bolsa Chica mesa. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Huntington Beach Central Library. As we're...
Last fall, the weather experts predicted that we would have a La Niña winter this year. That meant it would be relatively dry. Then in December, the sky dumped half our annual rainfall on us all at once. Vic and I began to doubt the La Niña forecasts. But...
Last week, I enjoyed a pleasant walk around the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in the company of a rather large crew of new recruits from the Orange County Conservation Corps. Normally, my classes have eight to 10 young adults in them. This crew...
Tags: California, Shrimp, Energy Saving, Natural Resources, Wildlife
January spells excitement for home gardeners because that's when the new seed catalogs arrive. Vic shows no interest in them, but I study each catalog with care, planning out my year's garden in advance. Each seed company offers at least a few seed...
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