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Thanksgiving a time to be grateful

Thanksgiving a time to be grateful

I’ve never made a turkey. This could matter only because mom and I are hosting Thanksgiving. Even a day later I’ll still be able to say I have never made a turkey. Nothing is written in stone that Thanksgiving dinner must include a dead bird. OK, that was a little...

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Spooner Lake evolves with visitor center, amphitheater

Spooner Lake evolves with visitor center, amphitheater

While the natural beauty of the 13,000 acre Spooner Lake backcountry is captivating in all seasons, a man-made structure has actually enhanced what this Nevada oasis has to offer. On Nov. 17 the $8 million visitors center and amphitheater was unveiled. “Our focus is...

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Walking with the purpose of finding gratitude

Walking with the purpose of finding gratitude

Every organized walk has a purpose beyond walking. It’s usually to raise money for some worthy cause. But when, if ever, have you walked with the purpose being gratitude? Saturday was the first time for me. It’s not that I haven’t been grateful for being able to walk,...

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Gripping documentary about 1982 Alpine avalanche

Gripping documentary about 1982 Alpine avalanche

Because people will never be able to control Mother Nature there will always be deadly avalanches. One of the most memorable ones in California was on March 31, 1982, at Alpine Meadows ski resort. Seven people died that day when the snow came tumbling down the...

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Creating an altar for dogs on Day of the Dead

Creating an altar for dogs on Day of the Dead

Photos of the three most significant dogs in my life are in my bedroom, so why build an altar for them? Why not? Was my short answer. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has been a ritual for thousands of years. It’s an Aztec tradition rooted in what is today Mexico....

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