Category Archives: Spirit

Friday Things: The San Francisco Super Bowl Edition

Super Bowl Treats

True confession?  I didn’t know the Super Bowl was happening here in the Bay Area until last Saturday when my gay Mormon activist friend Mitch mentioned how early festivities had impacted the traffic coming from the city to a conference in Berkeley that we were both attending.  Now how in the world did I miss [...]

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Friday Things: The Daffodils Edition

Daffodil Bulbs

  Last week I noticed a sign in the nursery near a market I frequent advertising bulbs half off.  I intended to pick up a few to force in the house and ended up with dozens of daffodils and a few tulips to plant around the garden. During a pause between rainstorms I tucked the [...]

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Friday Things: The Stretch Edition

 For the last few years I’ve focused less on setting specific goals and more on choosing a word that speaks to my intention for the year.  Last year’s word was “Ease.”  This year I’ve settled on “Stretch” as my word for the year.  I’m hoping that by setting “Stretch” as my watchword I’ll be more [...]

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Friday Things: The Ease Edition

Christmas Lights at LDS Temple, Oakland, CA

Well, here we are again.  First couple of weeks of December done.  Holidays in full swing.  To Do lists hopefully getting shorter and shorter or abandoned entirely.  After all, at some point you just have to say enough is enough, right?  Otherwise you miss it all by racing to the finish line. I still have [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, like every Thanksgiving, will be a little different.  Over the past year our regular gathering place–my friend Pauline’s house–suffered a catastrophic fire.  So we’ll gather in a new place.  A rental nearby.  Surely one of the weekend activities will be touring what’s left of the old place. The photos were sobering.  I expect [...]

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Learning More About Your Landscape

An especially golden Golden Gate opens into the San Francisco Bay

I recently attended a wonderful writer’s conference near Bend, Oregon sponsored by Women Writing the West.  One of the most memorable sessions of the conference was a workshop on “Landscape as Character” led by two Colorado writers – Dawn Wink and Susan J. Tweit.  For anyone writing about people and places in the West, the landscape [...]

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Friday Things: The October Beach Edition

In October and April we gather with friends at the beach.  It’s one of my favorite things. To quote author L.L. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables): “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Happy Weekend All!

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Friday Things: The Plastic Tumblers Edition

Plastic Tumblers from Pottery Barn (left) and Williams-Sonoma (right)

They say this will be the last super hot weekend around here for awhile.  Which makes sense, since we’re having air conditioning installed on Monday. Until it—and the fog—arrive, we’ll be hydrating like crazy. And thus, today’s Friday Things topic: Plastic Tumblers. We own a range of nice drinking glasses—everything from the now vintage olive [...]

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Friday Things: The Bludgeoning Sunflowers Edition

Sunflowers from my weekly CSA box

I’ve subscribed to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box for decades.  Every week I pick up a box full of organic vegetables and from May through September I can also receive a bouquet of flowers grown on the farm (Full Belly Farm north of Sacramento). These gorgeous sunflowers were today’s bouquet. Arranging them in a [...]

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Friday Things: The Curses Foiled Again Edition

More bad news on the deer front this week.  Last night’s conquest—an until now untouched shrub—was so violently ravaged that out of respect I feel like I should cover its snapped branches with more than deer netting. I spotted the prong-horned culprit and his gang of thieves as I pulled into the driveway at the [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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    • My dad passed away seven years ago yesterday. Tonight at Berkeley Rep's marvelous "Aubergine" we were asked to share a comfort food that reminded us of our families. I thought of new potatoes and peas--prepared expertly by my mom, of course, but grown, dug up and picked by my dad. I miss seeing his grin when he'd come in from the fields bearing these early harvest treasures. And so much more.