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Published on December 7th, 2022
Make this a magical and meaningful holiday season
When did the magic of the holidays become surviving the holidays? I enjoy the holiday season because it inspires people to focus on family, friends and our communities. Driving through the neighborhoods and seeing the lights on the houses helps remind me that we live ...By Jennifer Raftis, CPO


Published on December 7th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"There is material enough in a single flower for the ornaments of a score of cathedrals." ~ John Ruskin
Like so many Americans, the day after Thanksgiving I pulled out my stored ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on November 23rd, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"Landscapes move us in a manner more analogous to the action of music than to anything else. Gradually and silently the charm carries over us: the beauty has entered our souls we know not exactly when and how." ~ Frederick Law Olmstead
By Cynthia Brian



Published on November 9th, 2022
Handyman tips to replace bathroom sink stoppers
How annoying is it when the sink stopper goes down and won't come back up? Is that worse than when it is just hanging loose, won't go up or down, in the drain of your bathroom sink? After previously advising you to call a specialist for your drainage problems, your ...By Jim Hurley


Published on November 9th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; Lengthen night and shorten day! Every leaf speaks bliss to me, Fluttering from the autumn tree..."~Emily Bront‰
When it rained this past week, ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on October 26th, 2022
Save time and stress by keeping up instead of catching up
There is a big difference between keeping up versus catching up when managing your life. Keeping up is consistently staying on top of things you need to do. When you have the mindset of keeping up you probably have some good habits and systems already in place. If you ...By Jennifer Raftis, CPOr, Certified Professional Organizer


Published on October 26th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"Do what you can for as long as you can, and when you can't, do the next best thing!" Chuck Yeager
One of the many lessons I've learned from my 40-plus years in the entertainment ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on October 12th, 2022
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The third quarter of 2022, as expected, ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T


Published on September 28th, 2022
Shedding light on LED lighting
One of my goals as a handyman is to help you save money. One of the best money savers for homeowners is to convert their lighting to LED bulbs and fixtures. One of the frequent calls I get is to fix a light that is misbehaving due to the LED update. Hopefully I can ...By Jim Hurley


Published on September 28th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"Delicious Autumn! My soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive Autumns." ~ George Eliot
The sweet smell of the recent rain-dampened ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on September 14th, 2022
What does it mean to have an organized home, really?
When you think of organized spaces, do you immediately have visions of neat and tidy items lined up perfectly in matching containers on shelves? If your home doesn't look like these picture perfect, Pinterest-worthy images, does that mean that your home is not ...By Jennifer Raftis, CPO, Certified Professional Organizer


Published on September 14th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"What dreadful hot weather we have. It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance." ~ Jane Austen
In July 1808 when Jane Austen was 33, the Central England Temperature series which ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on August 31st, 2022
Health benefits of induction cooking as opposed to gas stove tops presented
The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) hosted a webinar Aug. 19 for Moraga residents explaining the benefits of induction cooking. BayREN is a collaboration of nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area and provides regional-scale energy efficiency ...By Vera Kochan


Published on August 31st, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"The gathering of salads, radishes, and herbs made me feel like another about her baby - how could anything so beautiful be mine?" ~ Alice B. Toklas
The final month of summer is the most ...
By Cynthia Brian



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