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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


Published on February 2nd, 2022
Sneaky ways to create more storage space in your home
Most of us have faced the never-ending quest to find more storage space in our homes - it is an ongoing battle between our square footage and our creativity. So, it's not surprising that the request I receive most often from clients comes from families trying to create ...By Jennifer Raftis, Certified Professional Organizer


Published on February 2nd, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"I love to prune my roses. That's the one thing I really feel I do pretty well!" ~ Julie Andrews
My roses are still blooming, and the bushes are filled with leaves. Yet, it is February ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on January 19th, 2022
The Real Estate Year in Review
Last year was another extremely strong year for sellers of residential real estate in Lamorinda. Sales volume was solid with a minimal increase in supply matched by continued strong demand and desirable interest rates; the result was average prices went up in ...By Conrad Bassett, Licensed Real Estate Broker and CRP, GMS-T


Published on January 19th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"Having plants in your house is a natural way to continuously clear yourself!" ~ Doreen Virtue
Forty-five! That's the number of houseplants that filled my tiny dorm room on the seventh ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on January 5th, 2022
The best New Year's resolution ever
I have found the secret to making the best New Year's resolution ever. Here it is: Do not ever make another New Year's resolution!
Why, you ask? Because lasting change rarely happens ...
By Jennifer Raftis


Published on January 5th, 2022
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." - William Blake
The rainy days and nights have been a welcome respite to our dry, drought-driven California. What a delight to ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on December 22nd, 2021
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia BrianA berry, merry Christmas ... mostly for the birds
"To me, the garden is a doorway to other worlds; one of them, of course, is the world of birds. The garden is their dinner table, bursting with bugs and worms and succulent berries."~ Anne Raver
By Cynthia Brian


Published on December 8th, 2021
What to know about water valves
One of our greatest creature comforts in modern life is the availability of hot and cold running water in our homes. We take this for granted because it is so reliable and constant. Consider how many times each day we wash hands, dishes, clothes and bodies, water ...By Jim Hurley


Published on December 8th, 2021
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day!
Every leaf speaks bliss to ...
By Cynthia Brian



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