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‘Romance!’ is in the air at The Folsom Symphony

Valentine’s Day is coming up in just a few weeks. Wondering what to do to celebrate the biggest day in the Month of Love? If you fancy something a little less materialistic for your loved one, and wish to be a little more focused on matters of the heart, The Folsom Symphony may be just […]

Comments Off / January 16, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Prepared youthful artists can meet opportunity in Young at ART

Success, we are told, is where “preparedness meets opportunity.” Or, as one wit put it, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Those in the arts world often work behind the scenes. They work hard. And it is only after much work that the final creation comes forth at an art gallery. If the […]

1 Comment / December 30, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘The Art of Life’ is what really matters

The best things in life, they say, are free. That isn’t to say that they are cheap, however. Nothing worth having ever seems to come easily. As we say “good-bye” to 2013, I’ve done some reflecting. What are the things that really matter? For me, this goes beyond my quarterly business planning and goal setting. […]

Comments Off / December 18, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Bagpipes highlight Folsom Symphony Christmas concert

There’s just something about bagpipes. Whether it’s the skirl of the melodies they share or the rhythmic drums that often accompany them, “the pipes” have a romance about them that is undeniable. Scotland’s national instrument is rarely seen outside of Caledonian festivals and funeral services for fallen heroes. And that’s a shame, because this instrument […]

Comments Off / December 01, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Giving thanks as we burn calories, benefit community

Autumn is, without question, one of the most beautiful times of the year. The fall color is simply amazing and the crisp morning air just begs us to get out for a morning walk. There is an exterior beauty to be found in our community. Two fall events bring out an interior beauty that is […]

Comments Off / November 11, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Boo-tiful’ autumn in the Sierra Foothills

I recently attended a retreat for writers in the Green Mountain State of Vermont. It was the beginning of the fall color season — the landscape was alight with crimsons, golds and greens. As a writer, I wanted to experience this. With other writers from around the country, I hiked through the Robert Frost Wayside […]

Comments Off / October 29, 2013 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

‘Boo-tiful’ autumn in the Sierra Foothills

Autumn views like this one at Vermont’s Strong House Inn are what that state is famous for. But a Sierra foothills' fall gives the Green Mountain State a run for its money. Photo by Susan Laird

I recently attended a retreat for writers in the Green Mountain State of Vermont. It was the beginning of the fall color season — the landscape was alight with crimsons, golds and greens. As a writer, I wanted to experience this. With other writers from around the country, I hiked through the Robert Frost Wayside […]

1 Comment / October 20, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »