Old Photos Reanimate the Past

Dad-Santa Maria CA - 1952

Don’t you love looking through old photographs?  Especially ones of family and friends back before you knew them or were born.  It’s like the spirit of the people they were then are still around, and always will be.

The above is one of my favorite pictures of my dad.  He would have been 18-years-old when this was taken and his sense of humor shows through his smiling, handsome face.

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The Old Gray Mare

The Old Gray Mare

My Former Home Sweet Home

I took a drive out to the old Kaufmann homestead where I used to live.  The gray mare may not be the same as she used to be many long years ago (the siding on my little house on the left is yellow now, for instance) but she still looks good to my eyes.  This is where the inspiration for my Coffman Cozy mystery series was spawned.

Fascinating Fungi

I remember hunting morels in the spring forests near our small farm. My neighbor was the Morel King–I swear he could sniff them out like a truffle hog.

–Deb

TwistedSifter

 

A fungus is a member of a large group of organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and moulds, as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, and bacteria. The discipline of biology devoted to the study of fungi is known as mycology. Mycology has often been regarded as a branch of botany, even though it is a separate kingdom in biological taxonomy. Genetic studies have shown that fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants. [Source]

Abundant worldwide, Fungi perform an essential role in the decomposition of organic matter and have fundamental roles in nutrient cycling and exchange. They have long been used as a direct source of food, such as mushrooms and truffles, as a leavening agent for bread, and in fermentation of various food products, such as…

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