David Hockney Yosemite iPad Drawings

Heard Museum: From David Hockney to the American Indian

A visit to the Heard Museum is a must when you are in Phoenix, especially for those wanting to learn about Native Indian arts and its history. The museum houses the most extensive collection of American Indian objects in a privately-owned collection. My visit included seeing the David Hockney Yosemite, which included Masters of California

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Warrior II - Arizona Goat Yoga

Arizona Goat Yoga: A Pathway to Serenity

Healing through animals has always had a profound influence on most of our lives. We see it with dogs who assist disabled or autistic children, blind or deaf people. Animals balance our lives, helping us to laugh, calm down, and relax, so when it came time to get a creative healing boost in yoga, April

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Thanksgiving Wine

Thanksgiving Wine and More

At this time of the year, most of us wonder about the best Thanksgiving wine to serve with our holiday feast. Because of the flavors, we savor during our holiday meal, a wide variety of wines that will suit the occasion. This year I am thinking about whites to complement our dinner fare. We can

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Endeavor Space Shuttle - California Science Center

California Science Center: Space, Dogs and Beyond

Sometimes we forget to look at what is available to us in our own back yard. In Los Angeles that that could be the California Science Center. With my husband’s love of space and our mutual adoration for dogs, it was the perfect match for a trip to our local science center to see the

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Wine Tasting Rooms

New Wine Tasting Rooms for Liquid Farm & Crawford Family Wines

A trip up to Santa Ynez, Solvang, and Los Olivos is always fun, especially when visiting old wine friends. My visit took in both Liquid Farm and Crawford Family Wines. Although I love their wines, they both have new wine tasting rooms that I wanted to check out, which I found worth the visit. I

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Museum Hill Santa Fe New Mexico

New Mexico: Visiting the Land of Enchantment

They call New Mexico the Land of the Enchantment because you will become enraptured with its culture, architecture, scenery, and cuisine. New Mexico offers a wide variety of options for the traveler. Whether you ski in Taos, visit the numerous National Monuments, Indian ruins, pueblos, or spend time in Old Town Albuquerque or Santa Fe,

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Field & Vine Farm to Table Event

Field & Vine: Oregon’s best Farm to Table Dining

There is something about a farm to table dinner experience, especially when the event is set in a pastoral setting. In Oregon especially, the Willamette Valley and Mt Hood Territory, the idea goes one step further. The dining experience utilizes local foods from the host or surrounding farms and includes the wines of a particular

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Toojay's Delicatessen & Bakery

TooJay’s Deli Does It Right in Naples

Coming from Los Angeles, the plethora of great delis is a given. In Los Angeles, you can easily find a good deli in just about any neighborhood. And now, Naples can effectively compete. This was our first foray into a deli after having been in Naples for a few months, and TooJay’s, located at Mercato

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Vidon Vineyard

Vidon Vineyard: From NASA Scientist to Winemaker

From space to the vineyard, life has taken many spins around this earth for Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard. Visiting his hideaway gem of a vineyard with its magnificent views of the Willamette Valley, one would never know that Don had played a specific role in the Apollo space mission. You might call Don an

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Solvang Winery Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room

Visiting Solvang Winery Lucas & Lewellen

It takes a balancing act to oversee the 50 different wines that compose the portfolio of Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards, a Solvang winery, but winemaker Megan McGrath Gates does it with panache. It began as a friendship in 1975 between Louis Lucas, a viticulturist, and Royce Lewellen, a Superior Court Judge, and moved on

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