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July 20, 2024

Ethereal plains

After leaving her home in the Midwest six years ago, Elissa Nesheim was homesick. She’d grown fond of the countryside of South Dakota where she called home for more than three decades. “It was hard for me to let go of my connection to South...

Eclectic Boutique

Mrs. B’s Z-Place has been a mainstay on Third Street, the main street in downtown San Juan Bautista for almost 20 years. The eclectic boutique, full of vintage-inspired fashions, accessories and collectibles and inspired by the glamor of by-gone eras, has been a draw...

Nature Pathway

From high on the Arrowhead Loop Trail at the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, the scene below is bucolic and still. Coyote Creek, lined with cottonwoods and sycamores, meanders north toward the bay; orchards and hayfields rustle in the prevailing northwest wind; remnant grasslands...

Fleeting faculties

Most people have been affected by it one way or another—a loved one begins to struggle with memory loss or a friend of the family shares their experience with their own parent vacillating between the tragic decline of dementia and moments of clarity. For some,...

Tools to thrive

Patrick Ellis was at a crossroads, his future hanging in the balance. Having been expelled from San Benito High School and San Andreas Continuation School, Ellis ended up at Pinnacle Court Community School during his sophomore year. Ellis, who is the executive director of...

Got vegetables?

After all the work home gardeners have done preparing garden beds, pulling weeds and irrigating, summer is normally a time of plenty. Plenty to harvest, plenty to store, and what on earth are you going to do with all those zucchini? You can make the...

Fair time nostalgia

County fairs and state fairs are in full swing by this time of the summer. I am planning on attending one to try what sounds like a horrible, wonderful treat, the deep-fried Twinkie or, even better, the deep-fried Oreo. I keep hearing how delicious...

Wine Faux Pas

Swirling too hard. And spilling it all over. Putting ice cubes in your wine. Place the bottle in a bucket of ice or try liquid-filled stainless steel “ice-cubes” or even frozen red or green grapes—so as not to dilute your wine. Mispronouncing Meritage....

Herbal Infusion

By the time Sara Steiner’s custom-made, herbal tea blends reach various farmers markets in the Bay Area, they will have gone through the most rigorous testing standards—Steiner’s palate. “I’m more critical than the people drinking it,” says Steiner, who is the owner of San Benito...

Horsetail Falls

Homeward bound on US Highway 50, around a bend just a fistful of miles west of Echo Summit, Horsetail Falls appeared through my windshield with sudden grandeur. At that very corner, the narrow conifer-clad landscape widened into a sweep of bright granite carved millennia...

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