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Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
In the first three months of the year, we get to be bystanders at numerous red carpet events. Hello awards season! The Golden Globes, People’s Choice, Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Grammy’s, and the Oscars are all highlights. Add the Olympics to this year’s lineup ...By Cynthia Brian



Springtime is swarm season for honeybees
Swarming is when thousands of honeybees fly together in search of a new home. Swarming is a natural part of the honeybee lifecycle in spring and summer. Swarms fill the sky with a buzzing, swirling cloud of honeybees. Look up! A swarm is an amazing sight.
Submitted by Janet Kaidantzis



Feng Shui
While love should fill every day and every moment of our lives - not just on the annual special occasions - these times can pointedly serve as a useful reminder to refresh and recharge certain areas of our lives and homes for the better. The feng shui of the master ...By Michele Duffy



Piping problems
Plumbing runs largely unseen through our homes, serving to bring us comfort and cleanliness. "Plumb' is from the Latin "plumbum" for lead, because in the early days of plumbing that's the material that was used for piping. Lead was cheap, easy to form, easy to solder, ...By B. B. Kaye



Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man." ~Source Unknown
Completely covered by tangles of roots and vines, it is only in recent years that ...
By Cynthia Brian



At home with Amanda
February is always an odd month for me; I am still savoring the cold quiet dark evenings of winter, yet longing for the warm days of spring. So since we are still in the throes of dark chilly nights, I thought I would share my top five tips for creating a cozy and ...By Amanda Eck



Repeat remodelers love life on the trail
When it comes to home remodeling, Courtney and Steve Love have amassed a lifetime of experience in a mere 15 years.
The Loves' serial remodeling story began in Burlingame, while living ...
By Cathy Dausman



Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for February
"That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet." - William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet"
Roses are red and pink, salmon, yellow, orange, purple, white, mauve, and are ...
By Cynthia Brian



The Real Estate Year in Review
It was another extremely strong year for sellers of residential real estate in Lamorinda; sales volume in 2017 rebounded as supply increased but that was matched by continued strong demand and average prices went up in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda.
By Conrad Bassett



Feng Shui
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!
The Chinese have a solar and lunar calendar (Lunarsolare) and as you may have realized and noted over the years, the New Year's celebrations of the ...
By Michele Duffy



Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Hope and faith flower from the cheerful seeds of the old year to the sprouting garden of the New Year's dawn." ~Terri Guillemets
For the past few weeks it seems that everyone I encounter ...
By Cynthia Brian



Snap, crackle, pop: a fireside story
Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius once said "a blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it." More than 1,800 years later we're still burning wood. We may be more fire conscious and slightly more environmentally friendly than decades ...By Cathy Dausman



Feng Shui tips for the winter months
The nights are long and dark now, with winter's chilly breath whispering frosty remembrances marking the season of stillness. No wonder winter is connected to the water element! The qualities of the winter season and water element are powerfully intertwined, including ...By Michele Duffy



Cynthia Brian's gardening guide for January
"First say to yourself what you would be, and, then do what you have to do." ~Epictetus

As the holidays ...
By Cynthia Brian



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