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Summers Growing Up in Del Mar

Del Mar was a sleepy little beach town when I was growing up, coined Gasoline Alley by some. There were at one time thirteen gas stations in our little town when Highway 101 was the main thoroughfare to the City of San Diego. The County Fair was a big deal for folks when it came […]

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Growing Sunflowers Can Be A Summer Passion!

Sunflowers are so much FUN to Grow!!! If you have a place where you can put them every year they give so much joy! I smile every time I walk out and look at the field full of these tall prehistoric plants! Maybe that is why we love them so much! They have been around […]

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Healing Garden

I just saw a beautiful garden photo on Facebook and it reminded me of friends of my daughter in Spain who have the most Beautiful Garden! The husband used to be a brick mason and now he is in the Healing Arts. He practices Craniosacral therapy and also massage techniques to help with physical and emotional […]

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An Alaskan Adventure – Cycles of Life

We all know someone or are that person who is dying of a disease, or someone whose body is failing as a result of old age. As my father said on his deathbed “Honey, nobody gets out of here alive!” In 1993 I was fortunate to go on a trip to Alaska with my husband […]

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The White Picket Fence

A couple of weeks ago I was in Northern California visiting my daughter Erica and her children. While Erica was busy working I took her girls for a walk in the double stroller. The temperature of the air was in the mid to high 80s. I rushed from shady side to alternating shady side of […]

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Remembering My Husband Peter Filanc

Today would have been my beloved husband’s birthday. Pete passed away of invasive bladder cancer May 9, 2007 at the age of 54, just short of his 55th birthday. Way too young for this day and age! But in the time of King Henry VIII, fifty was considered a long life. Life is so interesting […]

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Maui Revisited Thirty Six Years Later!

When our oldest child was a baby I used to say Yvette would be upset when she got older because she lived in Hawaii for almost half of her first year of life. Too young to remember the amazing time we had! Although being exposed to such beauty at a young age definitely went into […]

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Patriot’s Day in Boston, Massachusetts, 2013

The third Monday of each April is Patriot’s Day, a favorite holiday in Massachusetts! Additionally, it is also the day of the  Boston Marathon.   Terrorist attack in Boston at finish line of Boston Marathon!  As soon as I heard the news I quickly called and texted my sister, my nephew and his sweet girlfriend, and […]

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Memories Flourish in a Fragrant Garden

Recently I spent the day painting with a friend in my mother’s garden and was reminded of an article I wrote for San Diego Home and Garden Magazine  several years ago. It seemed like a good time to revisit those memories. Azaleas and camellias greet me like old friends as I approach the entry to […]

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Thoughts on Nature and Life’s Simple Joyous Moments

Easter was an idyllic day with family. All who could come celebrated life, love and just being together in my mother’s spectacular garden. There is a spot in Encinitas where one can see a breathtaking ocean view out to the horizon from one or two miles inland. Yesterday as I drove Leucadia Boulevard I glimpsed […]

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