Monthly Archives: July 2014

Not every round orange thing is a tangerine. It’s complicated.

As an outsider looking in on a relationship, I have to tell you that it is not always what you think it is.  If you’re an intelligent, discerning individual I believe you can certainly call out and identify what you believe you see, but there are gray areas and hairline cracks that you cannot possibly make out as well as you think you do.  There is a reason there is an alternate title for a relationship status on Facebook. “It’s […]

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Shades of Love

During some of the darkest times of my life, I am so grateful that I understood that often the only light to be found would be in the eyes of people around me.  Whenever things were at an all time low, I knew that light could still come in, in brief flickers, to keep the dark at bay.  Virginia Woolf (who certainly knew a thing or two about darkness in life) wrote, “…there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the […]

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Smokey, the Bear.

Some overheard conversations are better than others in my household.  They’re made just a little more delicious when my daughter is home from college, her boyfriend stops by to help to cook dinner and they’re left to entertain my son who has autism — and what the doctors have labeled a language processing disorder (where he actually puts words in a better order than they were originally intended, in my opinion). Allow me to share what was served up this […]

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Little Girl Lost

Her mother did not abandon her as an infant, despite the story she has told people for years.  She was not left alone, ever, come to think of it. She hasn’t really been alone since she was born, having spent time in the company of her grandmother, aunts, truckloads of friends and acquaintances and eventually her husband (despite his occasional drifting) of five decades.  Despite all of those people, she still feels utterly and completely alone and adrift.  Never mind […]

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Fallon Hotel – Information

Having received some email requests about the Fallon Hotel, I thought I would share some factual information regarding this little jewel box in the California Gold Mining District.   The Fallon Hotel Complex has a long and complicated history. It is really the history of four separate structures. The current hotel building, what is now the theatre, the theatre box office and finally the ice cream parlor – each have interesting and distinct histories. From 1852 until Owen Fallon constructed […]

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