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Meeting Norman Rockwell

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I first encountered noted American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, back in the last century when I was living in Seattle. Sometimes he’d show up with the postman. Sometimes I’d find him at the local public library. Sometimes he’d be in a friend or relative’s home. But whenever and wherever we crossed paths, he’d brighten my day. […]

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Dry Creek Valley: If You Go

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(“Dry Creek: It’s Flowing with Wine” and “Dry Creek: Off The Beaten Wine Road” covered nearly a dozen wineries in Northern California’s Dry Creek Valley. Today we tell you how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, and what to do when you visit Dry Creek.) Stay Healdsburg—just a few minutes driver from […]

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Dry Creek: Off the Beaten Wine Road

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(Coverage of wineries in Northern California’s Dry Creek Valley which began yesterday continues today.) The Underground Winery Gio Martorana’s family has been growing grapes in Dry Creek Valley for more than 25 years. So when it came time to build a winery, he knew exactly where to put it: Underground. The Martorana Family Winery building […]

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Dry Creek: It’s Flowing with Wine

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Dry Creek. It sounds like a place in the desert where there’s not even a drop of water to drink. But it’s actually an oasis in Northern California wine country just outside of Healdsburg and 70 miles north of San Francisco that flows with wine as good as any produced elsewhere in the Golden State. […]

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Acting “In Character” at Sonoma’s Buena Vista Winery

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Taking a by-appointment tour of a small California winery with its owner isn’t unusual. I’ve done it a few times myself.  And, as I recall, when I first visited the Robert Mondavi Winery in the Napa Valley in 1971, I went on a public group tour led by the now-late, then-very-alive, Mondavi himself. Buena Vista, […]

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Francis Ford Coppola: Swimming with Wine

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Las Vegas used to be an “adults-only” destination. You went there to drink. You went there to gamble. You went there to engage in “adults-only” activities. But the Las Vegas city fathers (and mothers) have changed their burg’s image by turning casino hotels into family-friendly shopping malls cum amusement parks, and “destinations within a destination” […]

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Found in My Own Backyard: Bee Gardens in The Air

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Something is abuzz these days on top of San Francisco’s Nob Hill. But it’s not some hot bit of socialite gossip. And it’s not hype about the latest and greatest thing since sliced sourdough bread. It’s all about bees and beer. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2013 Dick Jordan

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Found in My Own Backyard: Musical Parking

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I’ve parked in San Francisco’s Fifth & Mission Parking Garage many times.   It’s handy if you are headed to Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, or one of the other stores in the Westfield San Francisco Centre shopping arcade just across Mission Street.  Access is convenient, and rates are fairly reasonable. Last summer, I left my car Fifth & […]

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Found in My Own Backyard: San Francisco’s Museum Gem

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I’ve been to the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi in Florence, and countless other museums dedicated to the works of artists living and dead.  But I don’t often go to art museums.  Too much stuff on the walls, too little time to view it, too many people trying to get “up close and personal” with […]

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Found in My Own Backyard: A Virtual Choir

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Grace Cathedral sits atop Nob Hill, high above downtown San Francisco.  It is the site of year-round concerts, but I like to attend ones during the Christmas holiday season when the nearby luxury hotels, The Fairmont and Mark Hopkins, and the trees surrounding Huntington Park across the street from the cathedral, are festooned with lights. […]

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Found in My Own Backyard: Snow in San Francisco

Christmas Holiday Videos

Never before in the four decades that I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area had I seen snow fall at sea level. But in this age of global warming, the weather patterns near my home have changed.  In fact, I can confidently predict that it will snow not just once between now and […]

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