Tag: At Home with Vivian

At Home With Vivian: It’s raining

At Home With Vivian: It’s raining

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s raining, it’s pouring, The old man is snoring, He went to bed and he bumped his head So, he couldn’t get up in the morning! I can still hear my mother singing this ditty whenever it rained hard. As a teenager, I sang it with my swimming students to encourage them to splash and […]

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At Home with Jeff: What are you up to?

At Home with Jeff: What are you up to?

| December 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist “What are you up to?” my wife inquired as I headed out the front door after breakfast. “I am going to put the garbage cans away,” I replied. My wife often asks what I am up to. She sometimes complains that I disappear for hours then return without explanation. […]

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At Home With Vivian: Tommy’s in the attic

| November 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

I came at the tail end of a long line of cousins. I am lucky to have had so much family surrounding me as a child. Being one of 45 first cousins has also been a boon to my story telling career. Two stories in particular have been on my mind lately. My older sister […]

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At Home With Vivian: A crafty idea

At Home With Vivian: A crafty idea

| November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every so often I get the urge to clean up and reorganize my basement. It’s my craft room and I have a lot of good stuff in there. The urge to purge usually comes when I can’t walk more than three feet inside the basement door. Last week I discovered that I couldn’t even get […]

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At Home With Jeff: Lime surprise

| November 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Vivian and I take great joy in our garden. We love to try new plants and new arrangements. It is a Darwinian garden. If some of the new plants fail, that’s because they were not meant to be. It is all about survival of the fittest. Sometimes weeds are […]

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At Home With Vivian: Stacks of fun

| November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges I’m feeling very pleased with myself. On Saturday, for just ten dollars, I scored two big brown paper bags full to bursting with cookbooks, audiobooks, paperbacks, and DVDs. If you’ve ever been to one of the quarterly Friends of […]

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At Home With Vivian: Pick one!

At Home With Vivian: Pick one!

| October 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

My older sister Brenda was visiting last weekend from Washington State. We shopped on Main Street, rode the Vallejo Ferry to San Francisco, and enjoyed the Harvest Festival Craft Fair in Pleasanton. Brenda had never heard of “Trunk or Treat” so, on Sunday after church, we walked through the Farmer’s Market and checked out the […]

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At Home With Vivian: Wheeler dealer

At Home With Vivian: Wheeler dealer

| October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist I always thought that I would own a small business someday just like my father. Dad worked as a hairdresser for forty years. Most of the time he worked alone. Once, he built a thirteen operator shop and managed it for seven years. That turned out to be more […]

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At Home With Vivian: Boys State

At Home With Vivian: Boys State

| October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

What do Neil Armstrong, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw, and Michael Jordan have in common? Hint: Alhambra seniors Carson Edwards, Brenson Raygoza, and Delano Roderick have it too. They were all delegates to American Legion Boys State. I spent Saturday evening, October 5th, enjoying a lovely meal at the Veterans Memorial Building in […]

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At Home With Vivian: 50 years of homes

At Home With Vivian: 50 years of homes

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

I am one of those walkers you might see out and about early in the morning. I’ve made friends with many dogs out walking their owners. I wave at the regulars at Starbucks and Barrelista on Main Street as I pass by. I live near downtown Martinez so I meander through the old neighborhoods. I […]

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