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Jane Timberlake October 27, 2013 at 03:36 pm
So true, dog walkers. Just do it! Please!! And something many people with female dogs may notRead More understand: Letting your female dog pee on someone's lawn kills the grass there, leaving a brown spot--not a considerate act either. (Males usually want to lift a leg against something upright, thus somewhat avoiding the worst of the grass-killing potential.)
Tanya Grove August 23, 2013 at 09:06 am
Aren't you lucky that you happened to be where you were at that moment. If you were washing dishesRead More or mopping the kitchen floor at that moment, you would have missed it. Another reason not to do housework...
Jane Timberlake October 2, 2013 at 10:56 am
I used to have lots of gorgeous swallowtails in my flowery back yard. They'd been laying their eggsRead More in a patch of wild anise in the neglected back yard of a neighbor, and coming to the flowers after the caterpillars had gorged on the anise and emerged as butterflies wanting nectar. Eventually the neighbor removed the anise in a soon-ended plan to begin gardening there, and as the years rolled on with no anise and no gardening going on, I once told the neighbor about the butterflies and suggested that maybe the anise was a good idea after all. Her reply? "I don't care--I never saw them!" There also used to be a large patch of wild anise along 40th St between Howe and Broadway, gone now, garden-gentrified. It's an invasive alien species, yes, but the swallowtails don't mind.
Tanya Grove October 12, 2013 at 08:35 am
Ruby, where are your thoughts and ruminations? I miss them!
Jane Timberlake July 9, 2013 at 02:47 pm
Dogs, babies, cute little kids-- walking down Piedmont Avenue is always for me a spirit-liftingRead More adventure in many small moments of pure delight. I always look and smile first at the dog or child and then smile at the owner or parent, and back come smiles in return--some even from dogs!
Tanya Grove July 28, 2013 at 04:13 pm
I too have an aversion to throwing things out that could still be of use to someone. This is a greatRead More way to lessen the burdens on our landfills. I was once on my way to work when I saw a small table on the sidewalk with a "Free" sign attached. It was exactly what I needed for a children's theater production that I was staging. I was overjoyed!
Jane Timberlake June 25, 2013 at 10:57 am
So true, our mix of humanity, all races, all ages, so many counties of origin, so many smiles, ANDRead More so many friendly dogs! I sometimes tell people from other places that I live in paradise right here in Oakland--not a city others associate with all good things--they are sometimes incredulous. But for more than 40 years now, it's been a daily reality.
Jane Timberlake June 18, 2013 at 07:57 pm
This is so timely for my family, and thank you for a terrific column. My grandchildren and I wereRead More at the Oakland Museum Sunday, marveling at baskets and dance costumes and so much else. It's fun to mentally erase yards and streets and buildings and replace them for a little while with images of the people who lived right here in our neighborhood.
Jane Timberlake May 29, 2013 at 08:20 pm
What a great blog!
Juanita Gerber June 25, 2013 at 06:46 am
Farms in Oakland! and in an otherwise unused space.What a great idea.
Tanya Grove May 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm
I think it is so interesting that you know about all of this, Ruby? I think this must say somethingRead More about our personalities: When I see something I don't understand, I just tilt my head and say hmm, and that's the last time it crosses my mind. When you see something, you research it.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) April 9, 2013 at 03:32 pm
So interesting! Thanks for sharing, Ruby? Did you happen to take any photos during your tour? PleaseRead More do share!
Ruby Long April 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm
No, I don't have any photos. That'll be for you to do when you take your tour. I'm glad you thinkRead More it's interesting. More next week.
Tanya Grove May 18, 2013 at 11:56 am
Back when I first moved to the Bay Area, I met someone who had documented every street in SanRead More Francisco by doing rubbings against sidewalks and curbs where names were stamped into them. I had never even noticed that these markers existed. Goes to show you what you can discover when you look down at your feet and really observe. Now I see all sorts of things. I often don't know what they mean, but I know there's some reason behind them.
Victoria Shoemaker April 3, 2013 at 02:55 pm
We frequently walk in Mountain View and spend quiet, thoughtful times there among the beautifulRead More stonework, fountains, and hills. One thing I've noticed lately is that more people are driving at high speeds through Mountain View. On more than one occasion there have been thoughtless people with dogs off leash blithely walking over the lawns across graves. Calling Miss Manners...a little respect, please.
Tanya Grove April 4, 2013 at 12:47 am
Ruby, will you sing or offer wine on your "Wine, Women, and Song" tour?
Jane Timberlake April 10, 2013 at 12:42 am
Stay on the small paths and you'll avoid all traffic and see more birds. I love walking at Mt.Read More View; once I saw a headstone for someone who was born in the late 1700’s, possibly the oldest bones there...
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