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Published on May 11th, 2022
Fixing old fashioned doorbells
A common prank for young reprobates is called Doorbell Ditch or Ding Dong Ditch. The principle is to ring a neighbor's doorbell and then run and hide, causing the neighbor inconvenience and consternation at answering the door when no one is there.
By Jim Hurley


Published on May 11th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to live on this beautiful and astonishing Planet Earth. In the morning, I woke up with a sense of gratitude." ~ Earl Nightingale
In California, May ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on April 27th, 2022
Teacher trees
At the Orinda Nature Area we aim to illuminate the sacred gifts of nature. Let's dive into the glorious lives of trees and explore how they are our wise elders. Herman Hesse said, "Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen ...By Toris Jaeger and Holly Grossman


Published on April 27th, 2022
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The first quarter of 2022 began with a continued fast pace in activity on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate. The closings that occurred, for the most part, came from properties that went under contract in late November to late February.
By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T; Licensed Real Estate Broker


Published on April 27th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." ~ William Shakespeare
If experiencing rain in a dry season doesn't put a spring in our step, what will? After months of no prec ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on April 13th, 2022
Spring cleaning: What do I do with all my stuff?
Now that spring is here, do you have the urge to start getting rid of things - or is it just me? One of the ways to keep your house from becoming overstuffed is to schedule a regular decluttering session a few times a year (exciting . I know). Usually, I schedule these ...By Jennifer Raftis, CPOr, Certified Professional Organizer


Published on April 13th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"Spring is the time of plans and projects."~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
No matter how many springs I've encountered, I am forever awed and amazed at the bursting of blossoms and the ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on March 30th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"Lose yourself in nature and find peace."~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Between the pandemic, the Russian-Ukrainian war, and, for me, a frightening family medical emergency, 2022 has been ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on March 16th, 2022
Nature's gifts
Every day I am aware of the gifts from nature - sunlight, air, water, flora and fauna. The sun is a very powerful energy source. It gives energy to all living things, and we can use sunlight to reduce pollution from fossil fuels.
By Toris Jaeger, Naturalist


Published on March 16th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"I'm fed up with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in." ~ George S. McGovern
"Lose yourself in nature and find peace." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
By Cynthia Brian



Published on March 2nd, 2022
New home primer, Part 2
In Part 1 of the New Home Primer - or things that everyone should know about their house - we covered your water and gas main valves, so now let's go on to locating your water heater. Some homes may have two, which I typically see when a master suite was added as an ...By Jim Hurley


Published on March 2nd, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"That which surrounds you is within you." ~Karl Schmidt

Days of heat followed by days of near-freezing ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on February 16th, 2022
New home primer, Part 1
As a handyman, it is always a pleasure to help a new homeowner get settled. Typically, the request is to install some towel bars and hang artwork, or maybe adjust some doors that don't latch. Being old, and a dad at heart, I like to include my "New Home Primer" on ...


Published on February 16th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem." ~ Booker T. Washington
For the past two months, I've been working on writing a ...
By Cynthia Brian



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