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Finding a reason to celebrate Fourth of July

Finding a reason to celebrate Fourth of July

Independence Day is going to take on a new meaning this year for so many people. Some will find there is less to celebrate with all of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. It was not just the reversal of Roe v. Wade that was so damning. I feel less safe with the...

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Returning to the skies after 2+ year hiatus

Returning to the skies after 2+ year hiatus

For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed flying. It means I’m going on a trip. It also means eventually I’m going home, which I’m usually ready to do at the end of vacation. While others used the pandemic as a reason not to fly, my primary reason was my dog. I no...

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Book Review: ‘Lost on Planet China’ entertains

Book Review: ‘Lost on Planet China’ entertains

Entertaining—yes, educational—yes, informative—yes, captivating—much of the time, irreverent—definitely, unconventional—assuredly. Lost on Planet China: One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation (Broadway Books, 2008) is not going to be a book...

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Recycler gives used hotel soap a second life

Recycler gives used hotel soap a second life

You may not be the last person to use that bar of soap you left behind in your hotel room. That's because lodging properties throughout the world are taking steps to turn used bars of soap into new ones, which means less waste ending up in a landfill. “It actually...

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Slice of Gold Rush history tucked off Hwy. 20

Slice of Gold Rush history tucked off Hwy. 20

  History is all around us, if only we would take the time to see it. In all the years I have been driving between Chico and South Lake Tahoe I never took the time to check out the pretty scenic overlook on Highway 20 that would whiz past my window. I was always...

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