Getting Started in Gardening & Growing Your Own Flower Garden

Gardening has always been a big part of my life. My parents grew a garden every year in the front of our house and insisted that all nine of us kids help with the planting and maintenance on weekends throughout the spring and summer months. Then, for many years, I lived in San Francisco and was not even near a garden. I didn’t think I missed it until I returned to the county.

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Alex Cole: The Art of Teaching, Creating & Living in a Small Town

In the year 2000 I moved to Sonoma with the hopes of starting a family and settling into a quieter life in the country. I didn't know anyone when I moved here so I immediately joined the Community Center in hopes of feeling a part of something greater than myself. I signed up for a painting class even though I had no experience whatsoever. When I wandered into the class, I was greeted with a friendly smile and a very kind person who immediately put all of us nervous students at ease. Her name…Alex Cole.

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A Look Back: Marrakech

I decided that it is time to start visiting places that I have been wanting to explore and at the top of my list was Marrakech.  I have always been intrigued by the history and the French connection in this part of the world. The French “Protectorate” in Morocco began with the Treaty of Fez in 1912 and lasted until 1955 so there is a very strong French influence…

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