Author Archives: Christine

And Two Months Later – Cuba and The Yucatan

The Travel Bug had been on starvation rations for a couple of years. Finally, in January 2015, the time had come to set that critter loose again. And thus passed the following two months: The plan: 30 days in Cuba … Continue reading

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Embrace Burning Man

Ah back now from Black Rock City. So much to do. The dusty contents of my car are spread between the front lawn and the garage. I am now showered, rested, and fed. Going through the photos is the best … Continue reading

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The Rascals Do Sparks – Hot August Nights

Are August nights hot here in Northern Nevada? Well, not compared to July, but yeah, very pleasant T-shirt weather last night in downtown Sparks. The first week in August brings the classic cars and their admirers to town. It is … Continue reading

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Rose Jungle

There are paths through most parts of my garden, or there were. As the roses have filled out and grown up, so many of these pathways have essentially vanished. Sometimes the gardener has no choice but to fight through, but … Continue reading

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Garden Glimpses – Bring on the Bloom

It is Mid-May, and in a normal year there would be buds on the roses by now. But only buds. This is not a normal year. The garden roses were opening slowly, a good three weeks ahead of what is … Continue reading

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Rose Garden Neglect

Ten years ago, at the very bottom edge of the garden, I had planted a grouping of hardy Canadian Explorer roses. Because they are way off by themselves they get no particular attention or care. The last few years I … Continue reading

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Garden glimpses – Roses in early May

Much of my garden is three weeks ahead of itself. And despite the nervous dread that a killing frost could still come along, it is a joy to have roses now starting their bloom. ‘Sutter’s Gold’ is a classic old … Continue reading

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Burning Man Tickets 2014

38,000 tickets to Burning Man sold in 42 minutes. And that’s not the most astonishing thing. You see, each buyer was allowed to purchase only two tickets which means there were a minimum of 19,000 purchasers. Each purchaser had to … Continue reading

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Burning Man 2013 – Name This Art

What can I say about Burning Man and especially the art this year? I can think of a few words – like amazing, fantastic, sublime, thought-provoking, gorgeous. But these pale efforts come nowhere close to how the art this year … Continue reading

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A Special Rose – Lady Ann Kidwell

When most people think of roses, it is the florist’s Hybrid Tea they picture. But for some, dare I say slightly eccentric, folks the world of roses is much more broadly defined. And within that wide world of choices, many … Continue reading

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Not Roses – other views of the garden

When I first started taming the weeds on my new property in 1984, I planted a bit of this and a bit of that. It didn’t take too many years to discover that roses outperformed everything else I tried. Well, … Continue reading

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Silly Garden Kitty

A couple of years ago, in late fall, a stray, semi-feral cat took up residence in the compost pile. He probably selected it for warmth, safety and the fact that it was an open food cupboard stocked with unwary rodents … Continue reading

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Burning Man 2012

Nobody knew what to expect this year, but really one never does. That, in fact, is precisely what I most love about Burning Man, and what keeps me coming back to the dust and harshness of the Black Rock Playa. … Continue reading

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Costume Art at Burning Man

What is an appropriate Burning Man costume? There are as many answers to that as there are participants. Everything, anything. Or nothing. Costuming ranges from the gothic grunge of the DPW (Dept of Public Works) and the Death Guild, to … Continue reading

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The Burning Man 2012 Ticket Drama Continues

Ten days, now, before the gates to Black Rock City open and I begin to wonder how many of the BLM permitted 60,900 will actually be at Burning Man this year. How many of those once precious tickets will lie … Continue reading

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