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At 150-Years-Old, Chico Continues To Grow

At 150-Years-Old, Chico Continues To Grow

Each day it seems like another vacant parcel in Chico is being turned into a construction site for homes or commercial development. In the short time I’ve been here (going on 18 months) the growth has been amazing. Coming from Tahoe where new construction was limited,...

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Beauty spills forth from PCT in Lassen National Forest

Beauty spills forth from PCT in Lassen National Forest

  I have zero aspiration of hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail. (I like sleeping in a bed and not on the ground.) But I do like knowing I just knocked off another five miles of this 2,650-mile route that goes from Mexico to Canada via California, Oregon and...

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No Regrets 20 Years After A Life-Changing Decision

No Regrets 20 Years After A Life-Changing Decision

We all have life-defining moments we can point to. One of mine occurred 20 years ago this month. I moved to South Lake Tahoe in August 2002. This was my second time to live in this mountain town. The second time to work at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. I thought I would...

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Embracing the aftermath of the Caldor Fire

Embracing the aftermath of the Caldor Fire

I wanted to be immersed in the aftermath of the Caldor Fire. I wanted to inhale the air. I wanted to touch the blackened trees. I wanted to see life and death enmeshed together in the forest. It was more than a want. It was a need. I wasn’t living in South Lake Tahoe...

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Sleeping with Strangers to be in bookstores this fall

Sleeping with Strangers to be in bookstores this fall

In Sleeping with Strangers: An Airbnb Host’s Life in Lake Tahoe and Mexico I pull back the covers on what happens when I invited Airbnb guests into my homes in South Lake Tahoe, California, and Todos Santos, Mexico. This latest book of mine will be available at local...

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Finding tranquility on the slopes of Lake Tahoe ski resort

Finding tranquility on the slopes of Lake Tahoe ski resort

  It’s not often I get out of the Jeep at a ski resort parking lot ready to enjoy the mountain in shorts. But that’s what happens when it’s July and the activity is hiking instead of skiing. A swath of the Tahoe Rim Trail goes through Heavenly Mountain Resort. I...

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Surrounded By Joy In The Cancer Free Zone

Surrounded By Joy In The Cancer Free Zone

  A cancer free zone. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if something like that existed for people battling this insidious disease? Joy found one. On occasion I would go there with her. Almost always with AJ, her dog. Sometimes it would be just me and AJ, as I was the...

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