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    Cathy and Ellen at Chez Panisse

    By Cathy on August 18, 2009
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    Cathy writes about a fun dinner at Chez Panisse with Ellen.

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    Urban Blackberry Picking

    By Cathy on August 8, 2009
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    I LOVE to pick fruit and berries. I grew up in West Texas , which, although beautiful in a desert sort of way, did not offer many chances to pick large amounts of fruits and vegetables. So, in my grown-up years, I look for picking opportunities whenever possible. When Ellen discovered a hill of blackberry bushes right behind her neighborhood

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    Some West Coast Color

    By Ellen Heck on July 28, 2009
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    We were lucky enough to have several Austinites in the Bay Area this weekend, and there’s nothing better than travel to help open the eyes to the color of everyday life (especially in California). While giving a tour of Kala Art Institute, the swatch palettes on the walls and overpowering scent of linseed oil inspired us in a similar way

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    On Gardening in a Sauna:

    By Ellen Heck on July 20, 2009
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    Well, I’m back in California now after a lovely time in Texas. If anything wasn’t lovely, however, it was the weather…for which it seems that my years up north (and Cali counts, by the way, since I am wearing a polar fleece as I write this) have made me unprepared. With daytime temperatures topping 108° and the nighttime not doing

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    Yosemite Falls

    By Ellen Heck on May 18, 2009
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    Well, we had a great day yesterday. We climbed to the top of Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America! They say you have to be wary of bears if you are camping in Yosemite – stashing your food in a box that hangs high in a tree so that bears can’t eat it. For this reason, you can

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