Category Archives: Life

Hogwarts in the Olive Orchard

by cheri sabraw Those of you who have been hanging around my blog for four years will remember my photo montage and accompanying description of the Bird Man of Sunol, Irv’s, building us a custom owl box and installing it … Continue reading

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A Hot day in Paradise

  by cheri sabraw Right.

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On Campus 48 years later

by cheri block This is the time of year where most of us are invited to at least 2-3 graduations and the  parties that follow. We are no exception. I attended my nephew’s graduation in film/business from USC last month … Continue reading

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Gravity at the Rancho

by cheri After a winter of heavy rain and blustery winds, our 58 olive trees, growing on the hillside in three levels of terracing, have suffered mightily. Planted seven years ago from 15-gallon containers, the trees are large and loaded … Continue reading

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Release your “kid” inside!

by cheri One of the secrets to living a zesty life is to remember what you loved when you were a kid. When paying attention to that “kid” buried in work, adult responsibilities, or sappy nostalgia, you may find that … Continue reading

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A Woman of Fewer Words

by cheri I used to be a fast-talker. Nursery rhymes and pithy poems tumbled out of my mouth, one after another in a dizzying pace, like a carousel moving too quickly in its circular motion. As the years themselves tumbled … Continue reading

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Quiet

by cheri sabraw I stood at the counter at Nordstrom Department Store, waiting to pay for two wallets I was buying for gifts. In the background, digitized music pounded out a syncopated rhythm that was undeniably nothing recognizable. It was…just…there…filling … Continue reading

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Mr. Churchill, the painter

by cheri sabraw I’m not sure when it occurred to me to begin painting my photographs. But in doing so, new neural pathways of thought are growing  like spring jasmine tendrils. I am not at the helm of  my frenetic … Continue reading

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On the road to Oklahoma

by cheri My husband flew to Flagstaff, Arizona, last night to hook up with his high-school buddy, who is driving to Oklahoma to inspect the oil wells his father left him and his brother. Evidently, one well is not producing. … Continue reading

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Jessica Mitford: Here I come!

by cheri I’ve decided to rescue my mother and father’s ashes from their joint grave at the Chapel of the Chimes cemetery in Hayward, California. How  to do this, I am not sure.  And I suppose I ought to run … Continue reading

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