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In preparation for the upcoming Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Dec. 18, I have set up my work computer by the dining room window so I can monitor which birds are coming to our bird feeders, bird bath and fountain. 

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Here’s your mind-bender for the day: there are no “good” or “bad” foods, only fuel. While enjoyable, that’s all food really is – fuel for our bodies. Whether it’s from Christmas sugar cookies or roasted Brussel sprouts, it is fuel. That said, different foods can be like different grades of f…

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When thinking about self-care, what comes to mind is a spa-like setting where you are getting a pedicure, while sipping on a fruity cocktail drink and surrounded by the sounds of nature. Sure, that sounds lovely – but it’s not the reality for the majority of us. Self-care for me sometimes is…

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I am trying to remain optimistic, but it is beginning to look like we are heading into our second dry winter in a row. While that brief and miraculous moment of October rain refreshed native plants attuned to even the barest hint of moisture and abated our fire danger, our water’s cumulative…

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During the Covid-19 pandemic we have all learned that the connection we have via the internet with family, friends, social organizations and work is a critical component in our evolving digital lives. The technology known as Streaming is a huge part of this connection – whether it be through…

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Welcome to The Sea Witch Says, a monthly advice column where we’ll tackle the stickier social situations specific to la vida Carpinteria. I know many of you readers from my tenure as CVN editor and look forward to making more friends. If life at the World’s Safest Beach isn’t perfect, share …

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Last Sunday, while fixing dings out behind the garage, I overheard my neighbor say, “Think of it as an early Christmas present.” The young man visiting her was lashing the surfboard she had given him to the roof of his car, and straightaway I noticed the clean thickness flow and hand-foiled …

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We were hiking back in the dark, up and over Green Mountain, and then up and over San Miguel Hill, before we trekked back to the ranger station overlooking Cuyler Harbor. My girlfriend Holly Lohuis and I were returning from a full day at Point Bennett, soaking in the sights, sounds and smell…

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Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel “Dune” has had a huge impact on sci-fi movies. Everything – from “Star Wars” to “Mad Max” to “Blade Runner” to “Alien” – owes a huge debt to the book. Yet, before this year, the story itself hadn’t been given the on-screen adaptation it deserved. David Ly…

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Your family members’ schedules finally all line up, and you can plan a week-long vacation together. You are hoping to find a place where you can all be together – not in separate hotel rooms that will probably end up on different floors. So, you start searching on a website like Airbnb or VR…

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CUSD has partnered with CARE Solace to make it easier for families and students to connect with mental healthcare resources and providers in our community. Our goal is to ensure that our school community has access to reliable, ethical and high-quality mental healthcare services – regardless…

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The bluebird and his mate swooped onto the perch and surveyed our property. 

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We are approaching one of the best times of year – in my opinion. I love the holidays. The smells, the decorations, the excitement in the air and especially the food. However, if you are someone who has been working on getting healthier and losing weight, this time may bring anxiety and stress. 

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Happy Cybersecurity Awareness Month! I thought that since we are officially acknowledging cybersecurity and I was just hacked on Facebook, it was the perfect topic for a column.  

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The nest was soft and silky smooth, tightly woven in island hazardia, endemic flora found on Santa Cruz Island. It had taken me weeks to locate their nest, but in the end, what it took to locate it was the dad attempting to add to the nest with a long string with a stick tied to it.

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Earlier this year, my husband’s paternal grandmother passed away. She was the matriarch of the family and like a grandma to me too. She is also the first person that has passed away that was close to my son. How do you even start explaining death and the grieving process to a three-year-old?…

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Here in the mountains, just behind Carpinteria, fall is definitely in the air. Shadows are sharper in the slanting, golden light, the early mornings are crisp, and flocks of goldfinches are busy feasting on all the seeds ripening in the garden: nodding heads of sunflowers, echinacea and grasses. 

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During the lockdown I made a rubber band ball. I didn’t make sourdough bread or take up any of the other creative pastimes others did. 

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Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will add the Covid-19 vaccine to the list of vaccinations that are required for in-person school attendance. 

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Wednesday Addams doesn’t know who she is. She, of course, knows that she is a teenage girl. And it’s easy enough to see that she’s also a brilliant scientist – one who wows (and horrifies) everyone at the science fair by infusing octopus DNA into her Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll). She also has a…

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The Playa Del Sur 4-H Club of Carpinteria is once again gearing up for the Santa Maria Fair in July. Club members have purchased a variety of animals to feed, raise and train. Not only will the animals be judged and sold at the fair, but each club member can also compete in showmanship.

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One of my favorite things is to sit at the kitchen table with my husband Ken, and review the images captured on our motion-activated wildlife camera. These photos, as they pop up on the computer screen, reveal animals that I rarely see because they mostly move under the cover of darkness. Ot…

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I slip my wedding band off and lock it in the car each time I go surfing. The ring is a little loose on my finger, and I don’t want to lose it. Down to just my wetsuit and board, jogging off to hit the waves, I always feel I’m slipping away from my “real” life even if just for an hour. 

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I was recently hanging out with a girlfriend, and we started casually chatting about all things health related. The conversation evolved into a myth-busting session. I thought this would be a good topic to share, as there are still many pervasive myths out there, regardless of how often they…

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“Why is that person different?” is the question that can cause parents to freeze up, especially when kids ask in a public place. Kids always speak their minds; I know my son does… and usually at the top of his voice. Most of the time, I can reply to his comments with a wise statement, and ot…

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Here’s a question for you: What comes to mind when you hear the term “the American dream”? 

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With all the attention to health these days, I thought it would be a great idea to talk about how health and wellness are impacted by technology. 

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Its tiny black button snout bumped into my weathered finger. Then the 6-week-old island fox pup proceeded to gently rub its silvery muzzle against my hand as we huddled out of the northwest winds on Santa Cruz Island. Shielded by a long shallow gully smothered in lemonade berry, purple sage …

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“Vivo” – Sony’s new animated movie featuring original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda – has been ten years in the making. It got picked up in 2010 by DreamWorks, then was dropped, then got picked up again by Sony in 2016, which scheduled its release for 2020. But 2020 was not a good year for mov…

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It’s hard to tell, through the texts and tearful phone calls, the exact series of events: did the engine die, or did the headsail tear apart first? Either way, my wife’s best friend’s husband found himself in a bad way on the Timor Sea last week aboard his new 35-foot yacht, on the 350-mile …

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I’ve spent my last few columns discussing the state of agriculture in the Carpinteria Valley. I’ve considered the context of land being lost to agriculture via urban development and a farmer population that is “aging-out” without being able to pass farmland to the next generation. Another co…

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This summer, my annual migration to Mitlenatch Island off the coast of British Columbia was an obstacle course. First, there were three Covid-19 tests and a complex crossing at the U.S./Canada border. Then, my flight to the coast was cancelled due to wildfires in British Columbia. In a panic…

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Parents’ concern for their children is deep and compelling. Of course, parents always want what is best for their kids, not just in infancy, but throughout childhood and into adulthood. They often hope their offspring will remain nearby… just not in the same bedroom they grew up in.

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AppreciationI would like to thank all the principals, assistant principals and their office staff for a safe and successful school opening for the 2021-2022 school year. Great job! Covid-19 Safety ProtocolsEnsuring that our students and staff return to healthy and safe school environment  is…

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As the former Director of Technical Operations for one of the largest cannabis growers in California, I wanted to share how technology plays a key role in the cultivation, processing and protecting this highly regulated crop. The focus of this month’s column is technology as applied to the e…

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The weather-beaten, volcanic rock was some of the worst I have ever encountered. From atop a windswept marine terrace, I down-climbed the nearly sheer 300-foot-tall cliff to the frothy surf swirling below, my camera slung over my shoulder.

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The winter of 2021 was dry, and it looks like 2022 may bring a dry winter as well. According to the NWS Weather Prediction Center, this year’s winter is under a La Nina watch, which could mean a dry winter. Our water supplies have already been impacted from the recent dry conditions, and we …

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The summer is quickly coming to an end. I can hardly believe the kids are back to school next week. One part of me feels like I spent a good amount of quality time with them, but the other part feels like I could’ve done more. I know I’m not alone here, and I also know that the “mom guilt” d…

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Very occasionally, the seemingly endless scrolling I do on Instagram reveals something worthwhile. One was a recent post from Australian surfer Dave Rastovich and his wife Lauren Hill for their Waterpeople podcast, featuring Professor Isaiah Helekunihi Walker of Brigham Young University, Oahu. 

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Lately, I’ve found myself wondering what it will be like to do things that I haven’t done – and couldn’t do – since the pandemic began. What will it be like to sit inside a restaurant? Eat in someone else’s house? Go to the movies? I wondered: Will it be awkward? Will I feel anxious? Or will…

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Water is a top factor in health and wellness. 

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When something bugs us or just doesn’t seem right, what do we do? Maybe we post about it on Facebook or Nextdoor. Maybe we send a pitchfork to the Coastal View News. Or we might vent about it to neighbors or friends. Sometimes it is nice just to get confirmation that others see some of the s…

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Last month, I touched on the topic of smart homes and smart buildings, and it got me to thinking about the new world of IoT (internet of things) and how our cars have gotten very smart and well-integrated, whereas our homes are another story. 

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