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Hidden Benicia: How Benicia Saved Jack London’s Life

When Jack London was a teenager, a free-spirited but troubled boy of sixteen, he stumbled out of a Benicia saloon, staggered onto his fishing sloop moored to the wharf, and fell overboard. The water was ice-cold. The tides were running out. It was one in the morning,...

Phil Joy Makes a Move

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” –Nelson Mandela Moving a house from one location to another is not a new thing. In fact people have been moving houses in this country from the 1700s, using teams of oxen and some type of a carriage or wagon vehicle....

Preparing for Spring

The Bradford pears have bloomed, smacking us in the nose with their (not so wonderful, to many) pungent aroma, and reminding us that spring is on its way. The days are getting steadily longer, and it won’t be long before it’s time to plant that garden you’ve been...
Phil Joy Makes a Move

Phil Joy Makes a Move

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” –Nelson Mandela Moving a house from one location to another is not a new thing. In fact people have been moving houses in this country from the 1700s, using teams of oxen and some type of a carriage or wagon vehicle....

Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021

Before the pandemic struck, many of us were championing low-waste lifestyles and eco-friendly living. Things took a turn with the closure of refill bulk bins and sanitation requirements that relied on lots of single-use plastic. Understandably, care for community...

Sandoval’s Gives Back

Sandoval’s Gives Back

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you have accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better.  It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington Thirty-five years ago, the Sandoval family started the Burrito...

Spring in a glass

Spring in a glass

I found a gin for the light hearted drinker. When I say light hearted drinker, I mean the drinker who enjoys most spirits in a decorated tall glass. This drinker normally enjoys flavored vodka and predictably orders daiquiris or the classic mojito. You’re probably...

Arts Benicia: A Showcase of Regional Artistic Talent

Arts Benicia: A Showcase of Regional Artistic Talent

The strength of Arts Benicia, a non-profit regional art center, has always been its community, its long-time members, its generations of artist-teachers mentoring the next generation, its volunteer origins and spirit, and the amazing artistic talent of its artist...

Picket Fences – April 2021

Picket Fences – April 2021

Previously in Picket Fences: Bruce and Angela made up after their quarrel over her past. Payton had gone to meet up with Xavier at a mysterious mobile home when they were interrupted by unwelcome guests. With Payton in the closet, Xavier heads to the back of the...

Nuts & Bolts: The Bottom Line

Nuts & Bolts: The Bottom Line

Made in the USA. Buy American. You see these terms often in reference to where things are manufactured because purchasing domestic products strengthens the US economy. In this second guest column, I would like to posit how the same can be said when we “Shop Local” and...

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