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Published on September 29th, 2021
Campo students teach local residents how to become backyard beekeepers
Campolindo High School students Rhys and Sloan Pullen were recipients of the Sustainable Lafayette's LEAF grant last spring. As part of their grant application, they proposed putting bee hives in the community and holding outreach meetings to teach the Lamorinda ...Submitted by Rosalind Bassett


Published on September 29th, 2021
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"I recommend that all bachelors have a garden. It will give them the experience of being a parent." ~ Richard Goodman
One time when I was the celebrity garden guest on an HGTV program, ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on September 15th, 2021
It's wildfire season: Be prepared beyond a 'go bag'
We live in a beautiful community surrounded by a lush landscape of rolling hills and picturesque open spaces, yet rolling blackouts and the threat of wildfires are our reality. This year we are facing an extreme wildfire season. With drier than usual conditions and ...By Jennifer Raftis, CPOr, Certified Professional Organizer


Published on September 15th, 2021
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"Tickle it with a hoe and it will laugh into a harvest." ~ English Saying
Every September I think about two major garden projects that transpire throughout the autumn season: harvesting ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on September 1st, 2021
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"We need to teach people that the environment has a direct bearing on our own benefit." ~ Dalai Lama
It's official. The Pfizer vaccine has received full and final approval by the FDA ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on August 18th, 2021
Top organizing tips for dorm rooms
Planning ahead will simplify the transition to college dorm life.
As summer comes to an end, many of my clients are getting ready to send their child off to college. I wanted to share ...
By Jennifer Raftis, CPOr


Published on August 18th, 2021
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"Nature is the original church. Worship there daily." ~ Alan Cohen
If we have learned anything from the pandemic of the past 18 months, it is that our greatest blessing is to be able to ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on August 4th, 2021
Choosing the best disposal
A call to look at a "drip under the sink" took a nightmarish turn for me one time. Typically, the leak under the sink is a loose pipe, or a damaged dishwasher drain line. This time, the entire drain assembly had been in place for over 40 years. The drain lines had ...By Jim Hurley


Published on August 4th, 2021
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"When the well is dry, we know the worth of water." ~ Benjamin Franklin
We turned on the spigot. A trickle. Seconds later, nothing.
By Cynthia Brian


Published on July 21st, 2021
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The second quarter of 2021 was extremely ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T


Published on July 21st, 2021
Some assembly required
Periodically, I get this call. "We bought a (blank), and need help assembling it." IKEA made it famous by doing it in Swedish, but knock-down furniture, playhouse kits, and closet "space savers" all come with that phrase printed neatly on the side - "Some Assembly ...By Jim Hurley


Published on July 21st, 2021
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"When the sun rises, I go to work. When the sun goes down, I take my rest. I dig the well from which I drink, I farm the soil which yields my food, I share creation. Kings can do no more." ~ Chinese proverb
By Cynthia Brian


Published on July 7th, 2021
Reimagine your garage and give your family the space they need
This past year is one we will likely never forget. Many of my clients found themselves scrambling for more space in their homes. They were having to share not only the Wifi, but the actual rooms they needed to work in. Once we realized that the pandemic was not ...By Jennifer Raftis, CPOr


Published on July 7th, 2021
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams." ~ Henry David Thoreau
Barefoot and wearing our bathing suits, my daughter was teaching me Bar Method exercises out on our lawn on ...
By Cynthia Brian


Published on June 23rd, 2021
Shifty situations can create un-plumb door problems
The door to my daughter's bedroom at our house in El Cerrito had come out of plumb (no longer square). After a small earthquake, the door would bind on the top of the jamb and was stuck at about three inches away from completely closing. Since she was a toddler, it ...By Jim Hurley



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