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Moving slowly into the 21st Century with blogging and digital cameras, I will endeavor to share my recent trip to France and Italy.

Saturday, May 20, 2017



Hot News from Corning, California

The picture above features the Community Pool in Corning.  The weather is expected to reach the mid-nineties today and 101degrees next Monday!

Sunday, June 29, 2014



Summer Fun with Friends:


The above photo was taken at this June's Open House at Canoe Island French Camp.  Canoe Island is situated in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. It is a privately owned island between Lopez and Shaw Islands focused on teaching sciences and the French language.

I was so fortunate to be a guest of another Mills College Alumnae and her family.  The Tepee in the photo is in all actuality the one I slept in and had all to myself on our one night stay. This photo shows me and my introduction to French bowling.  I was fortunate to play with young Frenchmen who come to the island to act as staff.  I love the game so much that one of my friends here in Ashland and I are forming a league.  My friend owns two sets of the game balls and was seriously looking for others who like to play.

So many of my friends and family were unaware of the San Juan Islands existence, as was I.  The Islands  are worthy the effort of travel by car, ferry and motor boat to arrive at their destination.  We didn't spot a whale on our travels there, but spotted sea lions at Shark Reef Sanctuary on Lopez.  We saw many birds.  The quite of these islands together with the lavender, sheep, horse and cow farms is lovely.

I will post more of our road trip from Ashland to Seattle and the San Juan Islands soon.  Happy and safe travels this summer everyone.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Today, for some reason, I'm thinking about the family and friends on the island of Oahu.  Maybe it's the phone call yesterday from my close friend Carol Tomasa (Sumi),  who has just finished building her
retirement home there two blocks from the beach on the wind-ward side.  No more picking up the phone and saying Sumi let's go to Mono Lake, or cross-country skiing, or Japanese Tea Ceremony, or Muir Woods, or Wine Country.  Yikes.  One must be ready for the changes.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ashland Creek Primary Source for Ashland's Drinking Water

This morning I woke up to a different sound.  I currently live a stone's throw from the gorgeous Ashland Creek . . . an engineer and his helper were running a generator pumping air into the pipes that siphon water from the creek.  The engineer informed me that this is part of the ongoing Ashland Creek restoration project extending below Water Street bridge.

The Mail Tribune today confirmed this with a synopsis: ASLAND CREEK TEEMS WTH NATIVE FISH on p. 4A.  "Another close look at Ashland Creek by fish and wildlife biologists last month revealed more evidence that wild salmon and steelhead inhabit the stream during seasonal runs and throughout the year."  Furthermore, "hundreds of young steelhead, a few coho salmon, Pacific giant salamanders and sculpin were counted while a 300-foot section of the creek was drained for the restoration project."

"Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel have witnessed salmon jumping at the Granite Street Dam during late spring and early summer . . . Three dams were taken out of Ashland Creek within Lithia Park in the 1990s, which is the reason people are seeing large steelhead swimming through Lithia Park again"

Friday, September 07, 2012

Today as I was walking up the hill from Lithia Park, a gentleman in a white pick-up truck stopped by me and said "someone is following you."  I looked around and sure enough a young doe had walked silently up the hill behind me.  I said, "Yes, we are after the same blackberries."

First autumn leaves in Lithia Park this morning.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Morning Walk in Ashland

Art Finding near the path . . . 

Surprised by deer on my way to the car

Saturday, August 25, 2012

News from Ashland, Oregon

Top of the news in the "Ashland Good Tidings" newspaper, Saturday, August 25, 2012. . . It's Blackberry season in Ashland . . . and more exciting news . . . a biologist from Oregon Fish & Game was back again to Ashland Creek today (as seen from my window).  He along with a student intern (the student said that he is a student in Forestry from Southern Oregon University) set up their underwater camera again to see what's there.  The camera spotted Coho Salmon, Sculpin and steelhead trout.  The tourists were more excited about seeing the live shots of the fish in Ashland Creek than supporting the regular vendors who peddle their "stuff" every Saturday and Sunday next to this beautiful creek.  It is all about the Wild Life Enhancement Program in Oregon, and what we can do to keep the rivers, streams and creeks clean.