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At Home With Vivian: Mt. Rainier

At Home With Vivian: Mt. Rainier

| August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Wow! Look! You can see the mountain today!” my daughter exclaimed as we drove on Highway 5 north of Seattle. We were heading to Camano Island to celebrate my sister Johnette’s 60th birthday. Mt. Rainier, coated in white snow, it’s 25 glaciers sparkling in the sun, loomed majestically off in the distance. Mt. Rainier is […]

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At Home With Vivian: Locked in

At Home With Vivian: Locked in

| July 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Flea Market? Of course! I love any place where there is a chance at finding treasure. When my friend Peggy Hagerthy asked me if I’d like to check out the Galt Flea Market last Wednesday, I didn’t say no. I set Gertie Garmin, my GPS, for the Galt Flea Market and away we went. We […]

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At Home With Vivian: Remembering Port Chicago

At Home With Vivian: Remembering Port Chicago

| July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Oh my,” was all my mother could say. We drove slowly through the desolate landscape of what had once been her childhood home town of Port Chicago. Weeds grew through cracks in the sidewalk. Potholes dotted the former town streets. Only bare traces of concrete foundations remained where homes once stood It was the early […]

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At Home With Vivian: Awash in anticipation

At Home With Vivian: Awash in anticipation

| July 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

As I write my column this morning (Monday), my cell phone is turned to the loudest setting and is sitting right here beside the keyboard. I’m waiting for an important call from Nebraska. A special call indeed. My son just texted the family that they are on the way to the hospital. Baby Boy Roubal […]

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At Home With Vivian: Sounds of a Summer Evening

| July 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

As I was sitting in my dining room on Saturday night working on a quilt for my due-any-day grandson I heard music and laughter off in the distance. I looked out into the living room to see if I had left the television on, but the screen was dark. I hadn’t left the radio on […]

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At Home With Vivian: The good dishes

At Home With Vivian: The good dishes

| June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

As I walked through the dining room near my china cabinet today, sun beams settled on a rather thick layer of dust gathering on the good china. Having nothing more fun to do, I started dusting. The plates, Noritake Temptation, are white with a platinum ring around the edges. There is a delicate white and […]

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At Home With Vivian: On the road again

At Home With Vivian: On the road again

| June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

My mother and father often said they were going to buy a little camper and travel across the country after my two older sisters grew up and left home. My parents dreamed of driving clear across the our homeland some day and then right back again, taking the nation’s highways and byways. Dad said he […]

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At Home With Vivian: Taste of Peru

At Home With Vivian: Taste of Peru

| June 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

I did my first research report way back in elementary school. I don’t remember why we were given the assignment but I’m fairly sure the purpose was to make us more aware of the world around us. My report was on the country of Peru. I learned that the Incas were a great society, that […]

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At Home With Vivian: Al Dente

At Home With Vivian: Al Dente

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

I went to the dentist last week for a checkup and got to talking to the young dental assistant about the good old days. “Back in the day,” I began, and then cracked up. It seems like everything now is ‘back in the day’ for me! Dental insurance is a fairly recent phenomenon, unlike medical […]

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Alhambra High spring musical: Bye Bye Birdie (photo gallery)

Alhambra High spring musical: Bye Bye Birdie (photo gallery)

| April 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Kids! I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today! Kids! Who can understand anything they say?… Kids!” Kids? Have we got kids! Right here in Martinez and they are going to amaze and razzle dazzle you next week on the Alhambra High School stage! Live musicians! Period costumes! Colorful sets! Show stopping song and […]

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