Tag: Found in My Own Backyard

Seeing Seals Saved By The Seashore

Seeing Seals Saved By The Seashore

We humans feel a kinship to marine mammals: Porpoises, dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions.

They’re a bit like us: Talkative, social,  solitary, inquisitive, active, and some times lazy beach bums.

And like us, they’re smart.

And like us, sometimes they become ill or are injured and need help.

Which is when we help them, just like we help each other. And just like we do with our human relatives, we visit them when they are in the hospital.

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Ruth’s Secret Garden

Ruth’s Secret Garden

Motorist speed up and down busy Bancroft Road, unwittingly bypassing one of Walnut Creek, California’s hidden secrets: The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

The idea for the garden might have been germinating in Ruth Bancroft’s mind back in 1971 when I briefly lived just up the road in the city of Concord. But by the time she started planting it the following year, I had moved more than a dozen miles west, over the Berkeley Hills to Oakland. And three years after that I relocated to Marin County, an hour’s drive from Walnut Creek.

It would take me over forty years to find my way to Ruth’s garden, which she still has a hand in tending in the 105th year of her life.

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Meeting Norman Rockwell

Meeting Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell PortraitI 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.

Now, after an absence of forty overs or more, I ran into him again last week at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento where he’ll be “hanging out” through Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2013.

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