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No Kid Hungry

Today is September 22, 2022.  It is the first day of Autumn and children everywhere are settling into the new school year. Tragically, many children went to school this morning…

Pray – The Story of Patrick Peyton

This beautifully filmed documentary chronicles the life of a poor, uneducated Irish immigrant who journeys to America in 1928, with dreams of becoming a millionaire. Instead, he is stricken with…

Bear Valley Music Festival

The Bear Valley Music Festival, a special summer sensation, is an annual event you won’t want to miss. Nestled just above 7200 feet in the Sierras, roughly halfway between Lake…

Meet the Bellini Family

Dan, Alex, Michelle, and Nicole Bellini are one of the nicest families you’ll ever meet. Together, they run the family business that started out as an Aviary. The two hives…

Lavender Scones

After visiting Capay Lavender Farm, I knew the first thing I was going to make with lavender was going to be scones. It was a bit of a no-brainer as…

When God Created Fathers

  Many years ago, my husband and son and I went on a family “explore” (as we called them) in a motorhome. Wanting to get a reaction out of me,…

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

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This past Mother’s Day, I experienced Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel like I have never seen it before. The traveling Exhibition showcases the awe and wonder of arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic…

California Honey Festival

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  It was a beautiful day at the California Honey Festival! Since its inception as a partnership between the City of Woodland and the UC Pollinator Center, the California Honey…

Fatima

  In 1917, outside the parish of Fátima, Portugal, a 10-year-old girl and her two younger cousins witness multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them that only prayer…
Picnic

Easter Monday

  Easter Monday, known as la Pasquetta in Italy, literally means little Easter. It is also known as ‘Lunedì dell’Angelo‘ (‘Monday of the Angel’) – the day to remember the…
Holy Week

Holy Week

  During Holy Week, we enter into Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. This is known as the Pasqual Mysteries. We not only commemorate the important events of our salvation in…
The French Market

The French Market

  The historic French Market stands today as an enduring symbol of pride and progress for the people of New Orleans. The first iteration of today’s French Market was erected…

Masseria (farm) Salad

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  In an unspoiled and sun-drenched corner of southern Sicily is the Baroque town of Noto. Noto, known locally as Il Giardino di Pietra (Garden of Stone), is the most…

Sicilian Pizza

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  When visiting Palermo, Sicily, a “must do” on everyone’s list should be to explore the bustling outdoor markets. Last year, while exploring all that Sicily had to offer, that’s…
Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

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  In the United States, many of us learned about Thanksgiving in grade school. We were taught that the fifty-three pilgrims (the only colonists to survive the long voyage on…

The Harvest

  We were the first to arrive. The cool, crisp, invigorating air, typical of a northern California autumn morning, was perfect for a day of olive picking. The sun had…

Auguri per San Valentino!

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  Italy has a long and rich history of famous loves and lovers. Giacomo Casanova, the famous Venetian womanizer and Rudolf Valentino, the Italian sex symbol, are two that immediately…

Buon Ferragosto!

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  August 15 is one of the most important Catholic holidays. It celebrates the day that the Blessed Virgin Mary was “Assunta in Cielo” (Assumed body and soul into the…
Flowers

A Garden of Gratitude

  “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul” -Henry Ward Beecher Spring is my favorite time of the year! My roses and geraniums are in full bloom.…

American as Baseball & Apple Pie

  This weekend, on the heels of last month’s cool weather (68*) vacation, I am in Phoenix, Arizona. The weather is a sweltering 111 degrees … in the shade. A…
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