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Slow Coast

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by Viktoria Vidali on October 1, 2012

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The stretch from Wilder Ranch State Park to around Pacifica along California’s Highway 1 is beautiful, quiet, and productive. It’s the route Santa Cruzians and San Franciscans prefer for traveling between their cities even though shorter, alternate roads are available. The reasons are self-evident.
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For The Sake Of Giving

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by Viktoria Vidali on March 1, 2010

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For 28 years, silver-haired Mildred Norman Ryder wandered from place to place across America, walking over 25,000 miles to bring a message of peace to everyone she encountered. On her journey she took no money, personal belongings, or food. No cell phone, for in those days cell phones hadn’t been invented. What propelled her was confidence in the intrinsic kindness of human beings and trust in the goodness of life itself. She called herself Peace Pilgrim. Some have likened Peace Pilgrim to a Twentieth Century Saint Francis of Assisi.
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Garden Shop

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by Viktoria Vidali on February 15, 2010

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Whether you plan to refresh a weathered balcony terra cotta pot with vibrant geraniums or vivify a secluded patio with the perfume of gardenias, exploring your local garden shop will provide you with technicolor possibilities for putting your earthy creativity to work.
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In Search Of Monarchs

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by Viktoria Vidali on February 8, 2010

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Overhearing a conversation in the market about the return of the butterflies to Natural Bridges, we decided to brave the stormy weather ~ hoping the gods would grant a brief reprieve just for us ~ and see, for the first time, Santa Cruz’ version of San Juan Capistrano’s return of the swallows.
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Weather Extreme

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by Viktoria Vidali on January 25, 2010

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People the world over are fascinated by the power of Nature. And I count myself as fascinée aussi.
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Spirit Of Aloha

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by Viktoria Vidali on August 19, 2009

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The popularity of the Polynesian Festival at the wharf last weekend – complete with outrigger canoe races, hula dancing, luau specialties, shave ice, lomi lomi (massage), Locals (flip flops), traditional arts and crafts, lilting slack-key music, and crowds dressed in their best Hawaiian florals – proves how far-reaching the Spirit of Aloha extends. Around our town, like on the islands, bumper stickers read “Live Aloha” nearly as often as those that say, “Keep Santa Cruz Weird.”
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Wake Up Call

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by Viktoria Vidali on August 18, 2009

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The wake up call came at 6 am, Thursday, August 13th: a voluntary evacuation of Bonny Doon necessitated by the approaching Lockheed Fire. My first sleep-laden reaction was to deny that the fire would spread. Knowing that new first-responder protocols had been put into place since the Martin Fire here in June 2008, we decided to take this early warning to heart and commence packing in a focused but unhurried manner.
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Coastal Escapade

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by Viktoria Vidali on July 29, 2009

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The corner sign along Highway 1 in downtown Davenport, California, reads:

Antiques
Brocante
Gifts

The first and third words are familiar, but Brocante? Well, it happens to be French for “second hand.” Leave it to the French to make “second-hand” sound first rate!
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