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Thanksgiving every week

Thanksgiving every week

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer”  –Mahatma Gandhi St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Benicia, the third oldest Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Northern California, was established on February 13, 1855. The...

Thanksgiving Around the World

Thanksgiving Around the World

Given the regional history of Thanksgiving, one might think it is a uniquely American holiday. We grew up reciting plays of pilgrims and Native Americans breaking bread in Plymouth, Massachusetts, often in cringe-worthy homemade costumes and paper hats. While many of...

Pondering Gratitude During a Season of Giving Thanks

Pondering Gratitude During a Season of Giving Thanks

Next year we will be celebrating a remarkable accomplishment for a small family business – our 100th anniversary. In a relatively young state like California, it is rare to hear of centennials, especially in small businesses which can struggle to survive.  Indeed, we...

Unthanksgiving Day

Unthanksgiving Day

“Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.” Wilbur D. Nesbit  A decidedly different Unthanksgiving Day is held every Thanksgiving on Alcatraz.  The purpose of this event is to honor Native Americans and promote their rights.  It also...

Hidden Benicia: Walking Benicia Bridge

Hidden Benicia: Walking Benicia Bridge

Some people celebrate their birthday with a champagne brunch. Others jet off to Maui for a week of fun in the sun. I celebrated my birthday by walking the Benicia Bridge. Well, okay, technically it was the day before my birthday, but the impulse was to do something I...

November Playlist

November Playlist

With it not being the holiday season just yet, November is a great month to sit back and relax before the chaos ensues. It's also a great month to sit back and think about all the things you have to be grateful for. We live in a quiet town, we're right on the water,...

Haunted Alcatraz

Haunted Alcatraz

“We’re all of us haunted and haunting.”   Chuck Palahniuk Living here in beautiful Alta California, we are accustomed to sunny vistas of dramatic green hills and mountains, and the spectacular and ever changing Pacific’s   picturesque shores.  But not all classic...

Hidden Benicia: A Park of Iron and Beauty

Hidden Benicia: A Park of Iron and Beauty

Benicia Industrial Park is a hard-working, big-shouldered city within a city. It is a place of heavy trucks and locomotives, of a crane lifting a steel beam and hard goods being unloaded at a warehouse dock. The ten-minute trip from the tranquil shores of Southampton...

The New Chamber of Commerce

The New Chamber of Commerce

As Benicians, we’re all mostly familiar with the storefronts and businesses on First Street. We notice when a new business pops up, or an old favorite sadly vacates. But one First Street presence that has remained unchanged for many years, in fact, for this writer’s...

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