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Friday, September 9, 2016

Making Fear a Motivator

The person on the other end of the phone went strangely silent.
“Are you still there?” I asked.
Moments before, the young woman bubbled with enthusiasm at doing a 12-day tour. Her disheartened reply showed the swift evaporation of her eagerness.
What went wrong?

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Gold Rush Transforms Gooch/Monroe Families

Not everyone who came out to the California Gold Rush was free to go where they wanted.

But soon the territory, flooded with Argonauts, became a state - a free state.

Lives changed.

I have a screen treatment for this exciting period of American History.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Col. Frederick A. Bee

Amazing fellow was Mr. Bee.

During my early research for a book I discovered he was born and raised in the same upstate New York village where I went to high school. 

Now I live less than 1/2-mile from his former Placerville,  California mansion.

Small world.

Enjoy reading about a true California pioneer.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Oatmeal Studios Greeting Cards

Just signed contract with Oatmeal Studios.

 They appreciate my sense of absurdity and have bought my greeting card copy.

 Details on when they will be available coming soon.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Chicken Soul for the Soup/Volunteering and Giving Back is OUT NOW!

Thrilled to be a  part of this internationally-recognized publication.

A true sense of accomplishment happens when a box of books, containing your words, is delivered.

Within the past 14 months it has happened twice.

More to come.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Local Authors Hailed...and I am included.

Thanks to Style, a Northern California publication, for including my first book in an article on local authors.

Looks like the Sierra Nevada foothills provides plenty of inspiration for all sorts of genres.

Here is the FIVE-star review from the San Francisco Book Review .

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

How El Dorado County's Wine Industry Died Again and Again

Drive the tree–canopied and twisting roads of El Dorado County’s foothills and it is easy to see the importance of the wine industry here.

Whether anchored on steep hillsides or on flatlands, vineyards from Mount Aukum and Fair Play to Pleasant Valley, Camino and beyond are plentiful. Oenophiles, and others, appreciate the varied varietals of locally fermented grape elixirs of over 70 wineries.

With the county’s historic relevance to the Gold Rush and early California statehood many assume some modern–day wineries have been in existence since the mid–19th century. The truth is none existed prior to the 1970s when disco ruled the airwaves.

Wine–making here has often been a roller coaster ride controlled mainly by Mother Nature, economic factors and government.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

My First Book

Who knew after 20 years of being a writer that starting a tour company would result in a book deal?

The History Press contacted me after their Northern California rep saw our advertisement for ghost tours. Their Haunted America series required a book pertaining to the California Gold Rush.

Situated in Placerville, the former "Hangtown" of the raucous gold discovery era it became a natural fit.

I am not a paranormal expert. Our tours, and now the book, heavily feature the historical aspect of the spirited past in the golden triad that also featured Coloma and Georgetown.

If you cannot buy it locally both Amazon and Barnes and Noble and other online outlets sell it.

Grab a copy and enjoy.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Grass Fed Movement

Warm weather lures many of us outside after months of mainly living inside.

Gardens are planted, pools readied and eating options now include al fresco dining.

A favorite activity is barbequing.  Meat sizzling on a hot grill releases a seductive scent few can resist.

So, don’t.

Banishing beef and pork, lamb, chicken and even eggs from your diet is not a healthy move, according to many nutritional experts.  Your body is being deprived of vital nutrition. Unlike trans-fat, found in margarine, processed meats and fast foods, eating animal flesh supplies saturated fat rich in Vitamins, A, D and K.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Open wide, its good for you

Perhaps the words, “open up, this is good for you,” bring back childhood memories of cod liver oil slipping down your throat.

Whether you remember it fondly or with a shudder, you swallowed one of the world’s healthiest foods.

Cod liver oil provides necessary doses of Vitamins A and D. The latter vitamin is a key component to building strong bones in newborns and young children and maintaining them as we age.

For centuries, it bolstered health and well-being particularly in Northern European fishing villages from Scotland’s Shetland Islands to throughout Scandinavia. Then as now, winter weather is harsh and the sun’s seasonal appearance brief.

By the mid-18th century the oil’s healing properties were discovered to also benefit those afflicted with rheumatism. Advocates grew to include people with chronic dry skin, brittle nails and hair.

Throughout the 19th century and up until the mid-20th, millions of bottles of cod liver oil were consumed in pursuit of good health.

So what happened?

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