Since the first reading of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, palm trees have had a special place in my heart, symbolic of something exotic.
They represented escape from the Indiana landscape of my youth. In time palm trees became synonymous with vacation retreat, away from snow, ice and gray.Years later there is still a special pleasure evoked by lounging under palms.
Places with palm trees also provide natural color.
Race in America
A Failing Grade
Segregation in America is getting worse according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The GAO report find the number of racially and financially segregated schools has doubled in the last 13 years.
The report finds that 61% of schools with high concentrations of poor students were racially segregated-schools that were at least three quarters black or Latino.
The US Secretary of Education says fixing it must be a priority.
This finding on top of the growing economic disparity in the US speaks legions about the ineffective response to what is a dangerous fault line in the American body politic.
Celebration of the Mediterranean spirit
Food and wine pairings are special. Stolo Family Vineyards in Cambria features a great barrel room tasting.
Le Vigne in the Paso Robles Appellation saluted Wine Festival Weekend with a charming dinner.
Vineyards abound in beauty.
Between palm trees and vineyards, life provides good reason to say Cheers!
See you down the trail.