Hang Ten 🤙🏼 Surf’s up San Diego

San Diego downtown skyline

San Diego Waterfront Downtown – Courtesy of Good to Know archives It’s no secret San Diego has it all. A mild year-round temperature. Free unlimited access to over one hundred miles of ocean and bay shoreline. A relaxed island vibe. Alfresco dining. An outdoor nightlife.  Fresh air shopping. And we’re just warming up. What makes …

Drive-in movies make a comeback & backyard movies trend

Drive-in movies - Good to Know Magazine

Roll down the windows and let nostalgia fill the air. Drive-in movies are making a comeback & backyard movies are trending. If you are a hopeless optimist like me, you’ve found ways to cope with the pandemic limitations. Just as luxuries, like going to a movie, have been stripped away in the blink of an …

Let’s do desert!

Let's do desert. Lemons in the desert. Hello Palm Springs!

Lush lemons & massive desert mountains.  Photo by Courtney Paige What’s your opinion about the desert? Think for a moment before answering. Is your first reaction, “Meh,  I have no desire to explore the desert.” If this is your reaction, I'm not surprised. Many have strong opinions about the desert. Sunrise in the desert. Photo …

Adjusting to sheltering in place

Adjusting to Shelter in Place

by Yvonne Ahearn - What Does Home Mean To You? Like most people, I’m at home, adjusting to sheltering in place, and thinking about what is going on in the rest of the world. A lot has changed quickly during this Pandemic, and I suspect some things will never be the same. Many questions and …

A Wine Country humblebrag

I’m bursting at the seams to share two annual Sonoma County events that will not only fill your belly and wet your whistle, they'll also give you humblebragging rights for years to come. You’ll want to permanently place both events on your calendar. Barrel Tasting and Restaurant Week. Isn't humblebrag an odd word? It’s one …

Farmer in the dell

Delight your senses with Tea & Trumphets local artisan teas.

For European countries like France, Italy, England, Spain and Germany, farmers markets aren’t a novelty, they're an essential element of daily life. Europeans don’t stockpile their groceries in huge refrigerators or store massive amounts of toilet paper from Costco. The primary reason Europeans don't shop in abundance; they don't have ample storage space for bulk …

Get SMART & park the car

Can you believe it's been a year-and-a-half since SMART made its maiden voyage in the summer of 2017, July 4th weekend when the train offered free rides to a swath of enthusiastic passengers? Many folks have ventured out to take the train as commuters or easily jaunt down to Petaluma. Recently, I met a couple …

Sip and see on a rainy day

Need a pre-summer fix? Some days are simply ‘chai days’. It’s been a long wet winter so the classic Wine Country dry heat won’t come fast enough this year. On rainy days like today when you just can’t seem to warm up, it’s easy to think about hot-spicy things. When winter lingerings on like this, …

Whittling water worries

In 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on more than $1 billion in spending for water projects. Hundreds of millions of those dollars are allocated for long-term projects associated with flood control, desalination, water recycling, and conservation. Gov. Brown’s water fund measure is one piece of a much larger effort to help those most …

Human Nature ~ from the ground up

Be the change you want to see in the world ~ ~ Gandhi Photo by Courtney Paige

  “No boy dreams of growing up without a dad, dropping out of school, doing drugs or going to prison, yet millions do,” Boys to Men USA. The number of US urban fatherless children is astounding - 43%. And, a mere 1% of the 43%  have a relationship with their father. According to Journey Men - …