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  • Vintage books are magic portals to the past

      I was around six years old, bored and feeling down.  We were visiting my mother’s parents who lived a four hour drive away and as the first born, there was no one with whom to play. There weren’t even kids in the neighborhood my...
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  • Been around the mountain

    If you believe you’re living a monochromatic lifestyle, my podcast interview this week with 88-year-old Vern Jones may be the motivation you need to go out and try something different. He shares his experiences as a frogman (before they were called Navy Seals) during World...
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  • Loving the birds among us

      Pet sitting my friend’s parrot for the weekend, I was rather startled when I stepped out of the shower to find it standing on the floor directly in front of the shower stall, waiting for me. After my heart had resumed beating, I stood...
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  • New face of revolutionary

    Changing the world may not be a viable option for you, but you can certainly change the life of an individual or a community. It only requires a passion to make a difference. Tania Torres, the youngest of three children born to Mexican immigrants, co-founded...
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  • Streets are paved with history

      After I completed my interview with Phil Sexton of Capital District State Museums & Historic Parks for this week’s podcast about Old Sacramento (California), he walked me to my car and pointed out the spot where a toothbrush once hung from a chained post...
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  • A community’s super heroes

    Granges have supported farmers since the late 1860s, and subsequently expanded their support to other areas of the community. Ironically, the head of the National Grange, which allegedly supports the state charters, has become greedy with power, intimidating state charter heads and sometimes forcing them...
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  • Veterans helping veterans

      Would you like to hear from a veteran who’s been working his back side off for six years helping his fellow veterans? In this week’s podcast, I sit down with no-nonsense Wind Walker, CEO of Forgotten Warrior, a Sacramento organization created out of a...
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  • Roach Coach-B-Gone

    Food trucks comprise the trifecta of fast food – unique, mobile and culturally diverse. Granted, there isn’t a drive-thru, but walking 15 yards from your vehicle isn’t physically taxing. There is also the appeal of social interactions with other customers/fans. Although the food truck movement...
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  • Master Commander moments

      You’re on watch, intently watching the fog for a sign of a sister ship to gauge its location and avoid a collision. Suddenly, the fog breaks and the ship dramatically appears for a few moments – long enough to shout its location – and...
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