What I Miss About Being A Seller

Selling your home in a buyer's market causes physical exhaustion, inflicts financial stress and delivers an emotional beating.  Sellers who enjoy these circumstances are as rare as cats with insomnia. We sold our place in 2010 after being on the market for what seemed like an eternity.  The next time we sell, it better be because we're moving to a tropical island.   … [Read more...]

The Saga of Salton City

Who wouldn’t want an affordable sea-side home in glamorous California?  Those who rushed to buy a lot in Salton City during the late 1950’s certainly thought it was a solid investment.  Sadly, they were wrong. (My Christmas Valley story said that Penn Phillips moved his operation to Oregon after his California business license was suspended  … [Read more...]

Noses Worldwide

While doing research for my recent post "Smells That Sell", I encountered an fascinating article by the Social Issues Research Centre on the scents most prized in non-Western cultures.   Fried onions, manure and rain are highly desireable odors in certain places for reasons making perfect sense in those environments. Many non-Western societies regard smell as "the emperor of the senses."  For them, noses play a central part in communications and local customs.  This sense can be so finely honed that people know who is related simply by sniffing body odors.  The article also explains how … [Read more...]

The Best Cure for a Bad Day

Happy New Year!!!  Are you still sore that I didn't get you a Christmas present?  If so, I'll try to make up by sharing my secret for curing those bad days we all have from time to time.  Even chocolate comes in second to this cure.  It's free and it works whether your awful mood is caused by anger, loneliness, frustration or sadness. When I am having one of those "Mama-said-there-would-be-days-like-this" , I head to the Animal Humane Society (AHS) in Golden Valley.   Once there, I pet cats of all colors and sizes until the blues are gone.  I often visit the dogs too, and the rabbits, and … [Read more...]

Hire this Photographer!

  Since the debut of my remodeled website, I have received tons of compliments on the great photos in the slider showcase.  Those pictures came from the talented young photographer at left, Katie Wamsley. Her portraits of people are equally impressive. I especially like the candid shots.  Besides being talented, Katie is an absolute pleasure to work with – professional, detail-oriented and amiable.  Click here to see more of her work. Then hire this woman while you can still afford her!!! … [Read more...]

My Encounter with the X-Men

Well, maybe "encounter" is too strong a word for what happened.  "Being in the general vicinity of the X-Men movie production for a few days" is more accurate, but hardly rolls off the tongue.  I recently returned from a family trip to Jekyll Island, off the coast of Georgia.   As happens all too often, I wasted no time showing those I just met exactly how unhip I am.   … [Read more...]

The Story of Christmas Valley

Christmas Valley is an unincorporated area in Lake County, Oregon.  It has a population of 749 and was named after nearby Christmas Lake.  The town didn't exist until 1961 when the M. Penn Phillips Development Company bought 90,000 acres there.  Penn Phillips was a veteran developer who specialized in creating new communities on desert terrain.  In a 1959 Time magazine article, Phillips claimed … [Read more...]

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