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California Poppies Are For Picking–Kind Of

California Poppies Are For Picking–Kind Of

  Each spring in California (and other parts of the West Coast) poppies are prolific, decorating hillsides, private gardens, and public spaces. In 1903, the poppy was named the state flower. Somewhere along the way the notion of picking them was associated with...

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Being immersed in the world of materialism

Being immersed in the world of materialism

  We live in a material world. The more space, the more we fill it with. I understand the minimalist mentality. That less is more. I’m just not embracing that concept right now. Sure, I could live with the kitchen table that seats two that my mom bought for an...

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Secret Trail beer is something to shout about

Secret Trail beer is something to shout about

Secret Trail Brewing Co. may be off the beaten path in Chico, but their product should be no secret to those who like craft beers. Charlie Barrett had been making beer at home long before he and wife Michelle Barrett opened their brewery in November 2017. Now he has...

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Beauty of Bidwell beckons with flowers, flowing creek

Beauty of Bidwell beckons with flowers, flowing creek

It’s been a while since a trailhead felt overwhelming. It might be the case every time I venture into Bidwell Park in Chico. At 3,670 acres and nearly 11 miles in length, it’s going to take a while to completely explore this city park that feels more like a state...

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