Getting drawn into a good story

Getting drawn into a good story

I’m fending off a cold, and if you’ve ever come down with a cold during the holidays, you know how frustrating that can be. At times when I need to rest, nothing beats getting drawn into a good book. I can usually tell if a book is for me by reading the...
Nine fine books for holiday giving

Nine fine books for holiday giving

It’s not too late to order books as Christmas or holiday gifts, and I have nine fine books in mind to recommend. Some are New York Times bestsellers; others are by independent authors who are relatively unknown. FICTION Books aren’t listed in a particular order:...
My lopsided mimosa tree is like me. Should I worry?

My lopsided mimosa tree is like me. Should I worry?

When our daughter was growing up, Jim and I loved to take her camping with friends along the Lost Coast. Our favorite campsite was on the Mattole River, and it was shaded by pine and mimosa trees. The mimosas were small when we first camped there, and we enjoyed how...

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