The Fine Art of Generosity
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As she arrived at our house for a party, my stepdaughter, Briana, grabbed my arm and said, “We need to get a picture of this!”.  She was wearing the bracelet I had made for her and the ring we had … Want More?

A Launch Party for Montana Blues Clothing Company
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I had the great pleasure of attending the launch party for a new fashion website created by a friend of mine, Kathi Balasek and her daughters, here in Chico. The evening was filled with friends, bites, wine, laughter and shopping. … Want More?

The Love of a Father
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I’ve learned about the love of a father from my extraordinary dad, James Curtis Orr. My dad cared for me, his first-born adopted baby girl, with tenderness, generosity, humor, faith, and unconditional love. He passed away five years ago, but … Want More?

A Sweet Mother’s Day and a Giveaway Winner!
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It was a sweet Mother’s Day and we celebrated mom with this Mother’s Day table. Celebrating Mother’s Day is a sweet affair.  It falls in spring, my favorite season, and the weather is generally perfect in May. It’s become a tradition … Want More?

Motherhood Day and Celebrating Us
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Happy ‘Motherhood’ Day to all! If you have birthed a baby, adopted a baby, fallen in love and became an ‘insta’ stepparent, been a nurturing auntie, or stepped in as a grandparent to care for your grandchild, you are part … Want More?

Capturing Memories
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Union Square November 2012 One of my favorite Christmas trees lives part time at Union Square in San Francisco. I remember this magnificent conifer as a highlight of city visits with my family when I was a child. My husband and I had one of our … Want More?

Stepfamily Life Comes Full Circle
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Stepfamily life comes full circle over time……… A party was planned, at her mother’s house, the charming family home where the girls were raised. Invitations were made and for me, as the step-mom, it was a first. I was invited … Want More?

Love is in the Air…Our Lucky 13th Wedding Anniversary!!
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Love is in the air around here with my mother’s wedding just last weekend (more to come on my next post – I promise!). It seems that my husband Scott and I both had Paris on our minds as we selected … Want More?

A Jewel In San Francisco
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My original San Francisco Getaway Guide  quickly became my most popular travel post. My second post on San Francisco, ‘Welcome to the Weekend…{Anniversary Getaway to SF}’ is now my most popular post. There seems to be lots of  interest in this fabulous … Want More?

A Mix of Emotions for Mother’s Day
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via It happened again this year. Foraging through the greeting card aisle looking for just the right Mother’s Day cards for the women I adore. I’ll admit it, Mother’s Day is not a simple holiday for me. It is a one … Want More?