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SUMMER DAYS – OPENING DAY AT THE RACES

 Good morning my little Gigi!  My father would exclaim as he burst into my bedroom kissing me and then opening the blinds.  Hurry out of bed and we can go down to see the horses.  As I raised my sleepy head and yawned I quickly made my bed and pulled on my bathing suit not [...]

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SUMMER DAYS –PAINTING AND PLAYING INDIANS

My mother, Pat Welsh, realized I had an aptitude for art at a very young age. Gallery of my current work. In the summertime she taught painting to some of my friends, my sister and me. Mother would encourage me to paint on warm summer afternoons when we were tired of playing imagination games or [...]

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SUMMER DAYS – FOURTH OF JULY, DEL MAR

SUMMER DAYS – FOURTH OF JULY, DEL MAR

The 4th of July is just around the corner and I am reminded of summer days growing up in a sleepy little beach town in southern California, Del Mar. Not so sleepy now, but back then it actually was, despite the fact that it was a Mecca for the movie stars. Stay tuned for more [...]

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WHY THIS ARTIST LOVES TO WRITE

I come from a long line of writers on both sides of my family. While some research implies talent in families is passed down through the gene pool, equally important are environment, training and opportunities. The environment in which I was nurtured encouraged creativity and artistic expression. In our family we are all artists. My [...]

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CYBERSPACE GRANNY AND MARC CHAGALL

I have three granddaughters, two who live in Spain. As a result I have been a Cyberspace Granny since they were born. SKYPE is so great because it gives one the opportunity to relate to the grandchildren even though one might be thousands of miles apart. The younger one in Spain is still a baby [...]

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ART IN MADRID AND HOW THIS PAINTER FINDS INSPIRATION

Painting as well as other disciplines needs enlightenment and inspiration for the artist to make the opportunity to paint an inspired piece of art. It is paramount for an artist to view paintings in museums. Many artists, some who paint abstract and some who are traditionalists inspire me which can be seen through my art. [...]

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BIRTHDAY LUNCH FOR A FRIEND

May I take you out to lunch for your birthday? Fran, I’d rather just come over and have a good girl talk visit. We talk about deep things — things that matter to us, our children, grandchildren, gardening, and spiritual things, about where we have come from, the sad times and the happy ones. How [...]

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75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE AND A COUSIN’S BIRTHDAY

This past weekend I was in the San Francisco Bay area. Sunday was the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out the picture on the right and this video of the fireworks taken this last Sunday May 29, 2012. Last week on PBS Evening News a reporter gave some history on the building [...]

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MEMORIAL DAY IS ALMOST HERE. FESTIVALES ESPAÑA STYLE!

Viva España! I just arrived home from Spain after visiting one of my daughters and her family. My son-in-law is Spanish Basque. They live in a delightful little country town about fifteen minutes outside of Pamplona in the Province of Navarre. I “Skype” from California to my family in Spain often, and I have seen [...]

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Cassin's Kingbird

PROTECTING OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS IN THE GARDEN

The other morning while having tea with a friend I heard a thud thud thud. Oh no I protested! This friend is somewhat of a birder. Would you be so kind as to look with me and tell me if you are familiar with this adorable sort of bird? “Oh that is a Cassin’s Kingbird.” [...]

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