California Scents

21 Apr 19
Rambling ranger

If you follow desert wildflowers, you NEED to visit Carrizo Plain National Monument in April. This is the land that wildflower dreams are made of. Although not technically in the desert, Carrizo Plains is just over the hills from the western Mojave.  It’s a great place to stop if you are traveling between the desert […]

21 Apr 19
Cindy McIntyre's Blog

My photos needing editing are covering my computer desktop, so I’d better get these up while the flowers are still blooming. Last year there were almost no wildflowers blooming in southern Monterey County, and the green grasses from the winter rains didn’t last very long. This year we’ve been supremely blessed, not only with a […]

21 Apr 19
Marsha Ingrao

Welcome to Woodlake Rose Garden Manuel and Olga Jimenez transformed an abandoned railroad right-of-way and a weedy dam levee into a beautiful and unique garden more than twenty years ago. Now Kiwanis of Woodlake, Homegrown, Master Gardeners, and other non-profit organizations partner to help the City of Woodlake to maintain western section up to the […]

21 Apr 19
Oak Roads: Poetry and Musings

As an individual raised Catholic that does not subscribe to any particular religious group as an adult, I am choosing to look and reflect on Easter today from the perspective of writing. I stated in my reflection “On Why Poetry,” that I mainly consider myself a ‘storyteller,’ and that poetry is a form of that. […]

21 Apr 19
Emotional Girl Abroad

Have you ever wanted to be in a certain place so badly that it completely takes over your mental state and body? There must be a word for this. It’s almost sexual. Hazy. It’s intimate, daring, dangerous, and vulnerable. It persuades your mind to always return to that vast space of longing. Once the thought starts […]

20 Apr 19
THE IMPERIALIST

In 1966, the Murchesons moved to a better part of Golders Park, a lateral shift of no more than half a mile that made all the difference in the world. They moved from “Mud Lane” to the best street in the neighborhood, nicknamed “Fed’s Row” because most of the original home-builders had been colored employees […]

20 Apr 19
The Silver Pen

Thursday, October 20th, 2003             The woods were always a bit windy this time of year, their steady thrum and rush of leaves sounding like millions upon millions of voices whispering at once.  Analyn couldn’t help but stuff her hands into the fur-lined pockets of her warm coat as she wandered through the thick woods […]

20 Apr 19
Betsy's Blog

Six hours before, I sat on my bed just waiting for my mom to tell me it was time to leave. Three hours before, my sister and I were buying Hubba Bubba right before we boarded the airplane so we had something to chew and our ears wouldn’t hurt. Now I stood at Miguel Hidalgo […]

20 Apr 19

Foxtail We begin this episode in the Game of Thorns drama with one of the great botanical villains of the park, the Foxtail. Many a dog left to wander on its own has got the seeds of this plant into its nose, ears, or eyes, often requiring a trip to the veterinarian, at considerable suffering […]

19 Apr 19
Perfumesteal.com

The citrus top notes of California lemon blend with the fruity accord of green apple and lychee, evolving into an elegant and transparent touch of orange blossom and freesia. A woody base with unmistakable notes of teak is softened by the sensuality of vetiver and amber.

19 Apr 19
Life At Home

Today I thought I’d write a feature on downtown Redlands! As a broke person who loves to shop, downtown Redlands is a great place to get inspired to work harder. Whether you’re looking for something to fill your time, a place to visit with friends, a concert to see, or to window shop, Redlands has […]

19 Apr 19
#FASHALIA 101

What springs to mind when you think of classic minimalist scents…? Paris? France? Say hello to the new timeless perfume super capitals! The world of fragrance will always have Paris, but personal scents are getting way more unusual in origin and creation, thanks to a trio of hotbeds of modern perfume creation. Sleek minimalist fragrances […]