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Cynthia Brian's Digging Deep for July
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
While I was traveling in Southeast Asia, I was enthralled ...
By Cynthia Brian

Neighborhood fun on the Fourth
Organizing a Fourth of July neighborhood block party has become a popular way to commemorate our nation's independence, and one of the most long-lasting and popular gatherings in the Lamorinda area has been the Ponderosa Lane Block Party in Saranap, which just ...By John T. Miller

Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for July
"Independence now and forever." - Daniel Webster Anticipating the celebration of the Fourth of July was a huge deal when I was a kid. Those were the days when three weeks before the big day, stands selling fireworks, rockets, sparklers, fountains and more would line ...By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
Summer is upon us and while backyard "staycations" are a popular alternative to boarding passes, the warmer temperatures can beckon, inviting us to parts unknown where personal learning adventures await.
By Michele Duffy

Home projects for younger hands
Whether mom or dad is a casual carpenter, an entry-level electrician, avid gardener or a full-time builder/contractor, chances are they'll be enlisted for some honey-do projects at home. The challenge becomes not just completing a project, possibly one for the kids, ...By Cathy Dausman

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." - Henry James
From the time my daughter, Heather, was 3 years old, we enjoyed ...
By Cynthia Brian

Spruce up the front entry for summer entertaining
I don't know about you, but I am ready for longer days and warmer temps. Every evening around 6 p.m. you will find me in the backyard, feet up with a glass of wine, enjoying the evening breeze. We love to entertain in the summer and have friends over for casual ...By Amanda Eck

Feng Shui
The Feng shui for some westerners remains a mystery, an enigma - and with a healthy dose of curiosity, three profound truths offer a glimpse into the nuances of the feng shui layers that create real magic in our environments. And who doesn't want more practical ways ...By Michele Duffy

Grow your own!
"There are only two things that money can't buy: true love and homegrown tomatoes!"-John Denver
Is there anything more satisfying than plucking a sun-ripened juicy tomato directly from ...
By Cynthia Brian

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Your house is on fire and your children will burn." - Nursery Rhyme
If you were like me, when you were a child, this ladybug nursery rhyme was one of ...
By Cynthia Brian

New designs for spring
The spring season can bring lots of surprises. Sometimes the weather can change wildly from day to day. Just down the hill from me, cherry blossoms bloomed on one side of the street - and not until weeks later on the other. My favorite spring surprises, however, are ...By Amanda Eck

Locals take part in world's largest citizen scientist project
Sudden Oak Death is an emerging infectious disease, and citizen scientists can help predict its spread. On April 28 in the Orinda Library, Matteo Garbelotto, professor of environmental policy at UC Berkeley, brought his Sudden Oak Death Blitz to town, lecturing on the ...By Sora O'Doherty

Cynthia Brian's Gardening guide for May
My mother said to me,
"If you become a soldier, you'll be a general;
if you become a monk, you'll end up ...
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
Soon we will be honoring the legacy of our mothers, if they are (or were) an important part of our lives, and we should also honor the feminine in ourselves too. So thinking about the role all of our mothers in our lives makes it an opportune time to align with the ...By Michele Duffy

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