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Coastal Voices: Valentine’s weekend could be another Thanksgiving Day

I guess you can say I am a new mom. I had my daughter last August but have helped raise my step-daughter since she was just a few days old and that was December 2010.

I have always heard the love of a mother was a rare one and now I understand. I knew right away the moment I looked into my baby’s beautiful brown eyes that I was the luckiest mom in the whole world. And because of this new found love I have a new appreciation for every day, every holiday.


Walnuts for the winter

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Walnuts in the shell. Wikimedia
Artisan Cuisine is published monthly.

A couple weeks ago I noticed one of my Facebook friends talking about the extra 40 pounds of walnuts she’d collected from her tree and how she hated to see them go to waste.

I immediately wrote her and offered a trade. Some of my handmade chocolates for a big box of walnuts was the deal.


Church Notebook: World Day of Prayer is coming up

Someone on TV was saying the other day that even if it rained every day from now to the first of May, we still would not be able to “catch up” to our normal amount of rainfall for the year.

I hope that person was wrong. While it may be making things wet and sloppy, and soaking us as we run from house to car to work and back, it is bringing much-needed moisture. It continually amazes me to see plants that looked absolutely hopelessly lost spring back after a night of rain.


House Calls: How long will you live? It is partly up to you

House Calls runs every two weeks. Today’s column is written by Christopher B. Cutter, a physician at Sutter Coast Community Clinic.

I found myself on the Internet looking at life expectancy tables the other day. I followed that up by going to a few of the on-line questionnaires that anyone can sit down with and use. The results are pretty darn interesting.

These quizzes all ask pretty much the same thing. They have a list of basic questions about your age, height and weight. They then ask you the questions about the things you cannot control — the medical history of your parents and siblings (not your aunts, uncles and cousins — they really don’t figure in much).

Then they ask the other obvious stuff — smoking, drinking, drugs, exercise and food choices. Next are the questions about things that you may not think about — your education, your job, your income and marital status. A big factor, it turns out, is your dental care — or lack thereof.

 


Church Notebook: Traveling country music ministry concert Sun.

And the rains came.

Some at least, and I hope we’ll have more. Amazing how quickly some things start to green up after just a little bit of the stuff. And Thursday there was a rainbow, too.

Rainbows. Nowhere I have ever lived have I seen rainbows like the ones here. Now lightning? Texas puts on some pretty fantastic exhibits of that — fascinating, unless they happen to arrive accompanying those circling winds that inhabit Tornado Alley. I’m not too crazy about those.

I thought some of my flowering bushes and roses had not made it through, but they are looking better, and there are two red tulips waving by the fence. I have to laugh — that package of bulbs was supposed to be assorted pastels. Guess they had a mind of their own.

 


Did you know?: Black history: FM radio comes to Del Norte

February is Black History Month, a month when the media will highlight the accomplishments of many black leaders nationwide. What does that have to do with Crescent City, where the black population is minuscule?

As it turns out, plenty. Without the aid and assistance of one black family here you would not be listening to local radio as you know it.

It all began in February 1980. KCRE-AM, our daytime-only station, had been on the air less than a year. It had a great lineup of local personalities like Jerry Yarberry, Dave Angell, Sue Williams and our Traffic Director Dee Mattz, but having a daytime station was not ideal when going up against the local powerhouse KPOD-AM, which could be on the air around the clock. Something had to be done if the station was going to survive.


Coastal Voices: Community a 12th man for Warrior football team

As the head football coach, I couldn’t be more excited to represent, and interact with, the outstanding people of this great community.  I am proud and honored to work with our dedicated coaches, and the very finest young people you can find: our hard-working student athletes.  

Our mission is to build on the proud traditions of our program’s past, and continue that development until earning respect state-wide.  Athletics is a proven way to develop young people into successful adults, and we take that opportunity seriously.  Our commitment to the student athletes is matched by parents, teachers, and families.


Coastal Voices: Seeger, Bonnie Green had a lot in common

I was driving through Klamath on Monday last week when I heard that Pete Seeger had died. I listened as the station played Pete and Bruce Springsteen’s duet on “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” an ode to the dispossessed of  Steinbeck’s Depression-era Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

As the river mist parted, the pages turned back to July of 1997 and I was approaching a podium to give closing argument in Orange County’s North Court in  pro bono defense of Pastor Wylie Drake, who was being criminally prosecuted for housing the homeless in his First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park.


Del Norte Gardening: Sowing more seeds than ever

Get a start on this year’s garden, but don’t forget it’ll still be getting cold

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The bounty of winter continues with the latest carrot crop. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte Gardening runs monthly. Paul Madeira and Julie Jo Ayer Williams own Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick. 

What to do in the garden with weather like this?

Perhaps you’re pulling out irrigation when in the past you’ve pulled out moldy rotten plants.  As long as the well doesn’t dry up, I think we’ll all survive and probably enjoy the extra vitamin D while it’s here.


Grist for the mill: Good, bad news about local food

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a new local food column by Angela Glore. 

When I first moved to Crescent City in October, 2009, people would ask how I liked living here, usually in a voice that suggested my answer would be negative.

But we had moved from the middle of the Mojave Desert, where buying a gallon of milk meant driving over an hour to Las Vegas.


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