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Happy Holidays!

As a child, thanks to my mother's never-ending desire to learn all about other peoples and other...

 
 By Mel Makaw    Community    November 12, 2022 

Thankful for the little things

Thanksgiving is coming right up, a uniquely American holiday, a time to celebrate being grateful, a...

 
 By Mel Makaw    Community    November 12, 2022 

The Gaslight Melodrama

I pretty much love all forms of live theater; I love going to (and occasionally being in) the plays...

 

Time to vote

Have you voted already? I have. I got my ballot in the mail, did my homework and filled it out, and...

 

The Kern Valley Museum

Kernville is like a magnet for me – I love making day trips into the whole Lake Isabella area for...

 

Enjoying October

I've always loved the month of October for many reasons – the little chill in the air, then the...

 

Paradise Cove for breakfast

My mother and I discovered Paradise Cove in Malibu a couple of decades ago when we were driving...

 

Simple moments

From time to time readers send me stories or poems or other written pieces that they think I might...

 

Silver City Museum and Ghost Town

I had such a great time on a Sunday drive a few weeks ago that I decided to take another similar one...

 

Cesar E. Chavez National Monument

The heat has been getting to me lately, as I'm sure it has gotten to you as well, and while gas...

 

Different direction, different perspective

If I was doing an out and back hike (as opposed to a circular trail), I learned long ago that even...

 

A Sunday drive through Cowboy Country

Back in the day, a long time ago when I was a kid, a Sunday drive was a pretty regular weekly...

 

A different library

I used to love to go to the library when I was a kid. I have vivid memories of several libraries,...

 

Randsburg, a living ghost town

I got another hankering the other day, this time for an authentic old-fashioned chocolate malt. And...

 

A matter of perspective

Here's another one of those wonderful little stories that have come to me from friends via the...

 

Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest

I feel fortunate that we have so many small museums in our area, and each museum I go to presents a...

 

A wish for a You-AND-Me world

Sometimes I worry about world peace. I worry that no matter how noble a goal it is, it will never...

 

More punny stuff

I'm not very good at making up puns, but I love to hear or read them. Here are some more fun puns...

 

Apollo Park – Oasis in the Antelope Valley

I love day trips, getting away for a few hours and experiencing something different than the ol'...

 

A day of CALM

In spite of the heat the day I was there, I was, as usual, enthralled with seeing the various...

 

The company of cats

"Never," said my mother quite frequently, "did I ever think I would have cats in the house." She...

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Every now and then an opportunity arises for me to get out of the comfort zone of our little...

 

Pride memories and a thank you

As I mentioned before, and as you probably know from countless mentions on television and social...

 

Two museums in Boron

This week's offering is a twofer: the Twenty Mule Team Museum and the Aerospace Museum, both in...

 

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