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Walking ‘On the Wild Side’ at 48 Natoma in Folsom

"Spider Monkey" photograph by Lewis Kemper

The great thing about the Community Center in Folsom is there is so much to do there. The campus includes the Gallery at 48 Natoma (located at 48 Natoma St.), the Folsom City Hall/Community Center complex, the Georgia Murray Library and the Folsom City Zoo. Not to mention the cute train that runs through Folsom […]

No Comment / August 31, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Plan ahead for your best autumn ever

Crazy as this sounds, we are just a few short weeks from the first day of fall. Yes, this feels like the wrong bio-rhythm, I know. But now that the kids are back in school, and the “Back to School” season is concluding, it’s time to turn yet another corner. Even if the weather is […]

No Comment / August 17, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

El Dorado County exhibits ‘step up’ to be counted the State Fair

For the last 158 years Californians have proudly celebrated the talent and bounty of this great land at the annual California State Fair. Whether in good times or tough ones, somehow the good folks of the Golden State manage to “step up to the plate” and show why there is always hope for the future. […]

No Comment / July 13, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Wildlife Art Festival will feature unique American art form

The bodies of these bird figures were carved from solid blocks of wood into amazingly lifelike representations. Beaks were carved from separate pieces of wood and glued in. The bodies were then decorated. The Wildlife Art Festival will feature this unique American art form in Sacramento on July 14 and July 15. Photo by Susan Laird

America is famously known as a “melting pot” — where all peoples bring the richness of their culture to the table and the nation embraces those gifts as its own. However, there is an art form that is unique to the North American continent. And the world has embraced it. What is this mysterious craft […]

No Comment / July 06, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Celebrate 236 years of American freedom

Summer is officially here at last, and with summer comes our annual tribute to those 56 daring souls who signed the American Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Because these men risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor — and because countless others stood tall for freedom — we have the blessings […]

No Comment / June 21, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Life transitions, the art of living simply and the importance of ‘The Present Moment’

Generations that cared for their children often need to be cared for by their children and grandchildren. Susan Laird, the toddler in this photo from 1967, is caring for her mom, Janet Laird, who is recovering from transverse myelitis. Photo courtesy of Susan Laird

There are stages in all of our lives: a time to be born, a time to die. Between those two points in time there is the “stuff” life is made of: childhood, school, the high school and college years, family life, friends, growing older. The list goes on and on. I’m now at the “sandwich” […]

No Comment / June 07, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Showcasing the ‘quilts of our lives’ at the Folsom History Museum

The American experience includes many stories, many artifacts. One item that consistently appears in every generation is the quilt. This item of practicality, comfort and artistic talent appears in the items handed down by every generation of Americans for the last 400 years. Even two of my (multiple) great-grandfathers arrived in the New World with […]

No Comment / May 24, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »