Crate Labels and the story they tell

I’m a gardener. In fact, the University of California Cooperative Extension Program certificate I have states that I’m a Master Gardener. As much of an accomplishment as that might be, I know that mas…

When the tide is out

You never know what you mind find hiding in the crevices in the tide pools along our rocky shore. Native residents include chitons, barnacles, periwinkles, turban snails, limpets and crabs. Look but d…

Happy Birthday

On July 14 in 1771, the San Antonio de Padua Mission was founded as the third in a string of missions that began in San Diego and ended in San Francisco. Located on Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reserv…

The Big Yellow Hats

When my kids were little, they loved to be read to. My son was a dinosaur fanatic. I read him every book that came out – fiction and nonfiction. He could identify a pachycephalosaurus or an ichthyosau…

Kiss a Banana Slug — the Ultimate Dare

In 1986, the student body of University of California, Santa Cruz organized an election to vote for either the banana slug or sea lion as the official mascot. By an overwhelming majority, a 15 to 1 ra…