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“InnerViews” The never-cashed $2 checks

“I guess I’ll never cash these checks now,” said my longtime friend Bill. One look, and I had to agree with him. In his hands were two yellowed checks for $2 each, made out to Bill. They were slightly wrinkled and very fragile looking. One was dated March 15, 1937; the other, December 24 of…

Rustic Charm at Drakesbad Guest Ranch Part 2
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Rustic Charm at Drakesbad Guest Ranch Part 2

  Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to smoking fumaroles (steam and volcanic-gas vents), mud pots, boiling pools, lush meadows, streams, crystal clear lakes, and towering volcanoes. It is also home to Drakesbad Guest Ranch, a 110-yr-old mountain hideaway, where a friend and I recently spent a couple rustic nights in a bungalow below the…

Summer fun at Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego
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Summer fun at Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego

Bahia Resort Hotel has been a slice of paradise on San Diego’s Mission Bay for more than 50 years. With lush gardens and swaying palm trees, Mississippi paddlewheel boats and sprawling beach-front charm, the resort makes a great escape from life’s doldrums. Last week a friend and I snuck away to Bahia for a memorable…

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Smart Women – Smart Money – Taxes

Emmy, everything seems to be taxable. Most of the time I simply accept this, however I cannot abide by these death taxes. Is there a way not to pay them? “Death Taxes”. What a loaded term! To set the record straight, there is no such thing as a death tax although I do sometimes hear…

Relaxing at the Hyatt on the American Riviera
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Relaxing at the Hyatt on the American Riviera

  Santa Barbara is often called the American Riviera. With its wonderful beaches, perfect weather and iconic mission-styled architecture, it is easy to see why. And with resorts like the historic Hyatt Santa Barbara encapsulating this distinctive Californian charm, it is also easy to see why a friend and I had such a great time…

Fabulous fun at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
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Fabulous fun at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

I awoke to a cool sea breeze dancing on my face and the aroma of freshly brewed espresso tickling my nose. I got out of bed, put on my fluffy bathrobe and stepped on the balcony, where I breathed in the incredible view of Pacific Ocean to my left and lush pool gardens below. It…

Happy in Hermosa Beach
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Happy in Hermosa Beach

It was a memorable morning in Hermosa Beach. I awoke to the sounds of waves crashing and seagulls singing. I sipped coffee on a private balcony, overlooking the ocean and the sand. And I jogged along the beach, before enjoying a hearty Country Skillet breakfast with biscuits and gravy eggs, sausage and cheese at the…

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