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This past weekend was good for staying inside an air-conditioned place. That wouldn't be our house, so I did the next best thing. I closed up the house early in the morning, turned on the fan, and sat in my rocker with an ice pack on my chest. That helped...
This long, hot summer is finally winding down. After two months free from teaching, Vic has started back to school with his birding and natural history classes at Saddleback College. Classes will begin soon at Golden West College, where he teaches...
For anyone except an astronomer, Labor Day signals the end of summer. We know that the official start of fall isn't until the autumnal equinox Sept. 23. But once school starts, that's the end of summer for us. Or at least for Vic. His college classes...
Pumpkin season is here. Despite threats of a pumpkin shortage due to flooding in the Midwest, the local grocery stores stock a bounty of pumpkins. Many people use them for entryway decorations for Halloween, either whole or with faces carved into them....
Food, family, friends, and giving thanks for our many blessings. That's what today is all about. Rather than focus on football and Black Friday shopping, Vic and I would rather focus on the food. Slow food, local food, good food. "Slow food" is a recent...
The Orange County Fair is almost upon us. The fair in Costa Mesa opens July 15 and closes Aug. 14. I expect to enter some of my vegetables in the garden competition. Also, Vic and I will both be exhibiting photographs in the visual arts photography...
I set a goal for myself this year of growing 500 pounds of produce from my home and community gardens. Vic doesn't think I'm going to make it. I'm worried he may be right. Last year, I grew about 200 pounds of produce from my home garden. Much of that...
The image of the Mona Lisa, a wolf and a sinister skeleton's face were illuminated from within the thick-skinned pumpkins they were carved on, drawing in passersby. A crowd started to form around the small booth as Gene Granata, a master carver, began...
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The Orange County Fair is drawing to a close, and the last vegetable competition is over in the Farm and Garden category. Last year, I entered the competition for the largest sunflower head. Twice. Neither of my sunflowers was big enough to win a ribbon....
Headlines for Wednesday, June 19, 2013 RAY MANZAREK: Last Recordings Out Today Less than a month after his death comes a new album from Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Twisted Tales is Manzarek's third album with slide guitar player Roy Rogers came...
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Total time: 30 minutes, plus 2 hours standing and 8 hours chilling Servings: 18 dinner rolls 2 ( 1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast 1/4 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees) 2 eggs, at room temperature 1 cup canned pumpkin puree 1/2 cup (1...
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