How to Savor the Strangeness of Succulents

Home design succulent many succulents

Succulent. The name says a lot.  But it doesn’t reveal everything about these wildly compelling botanicals that surrender to even the least-green thumb. Thick-skinned and juicy, these intriguing plants sit somewhere on the sliding botanical scale between dry, spiky cacti and delicate leaf-bearing flora. Succulents love to preserve moisture deep inside their curious, pliant bodies.…

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Tiny Home Makeover

Tiny home airstream makeover

I was born in the deep south—Bakersfield, California. The first RV I ever saw had a bumper sticker that said, “Don’t Tailgate Me or I Will Flush.” This early impression of the RV/trailer crowd made me wonder, “Why do space aliens land in trailer parks?” Years later, I’m sitting here in my retrofitted Airstream trailer,…

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Home & Garden Events 2018 Calendar

Home and Garden events 2018 calendar

A round-up of home and gardening events happening in Santa Cruz County this year…   Saturday, 4/14 UCSC Arboretum Spring Plant Sale The Arboretum’s spring plant sale offers hundreds of varieties of water-wise plants, succulents and small trees from California, Australia and South Africa that are ideal for the Central Coast climate. Get there early for…

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Come Home, Banana Slugs

UCSC Alumni Weekend

UC Santa Cruz alumni will once again “come home” for reveling and reuniting at the university’s annual Alumni Weekend, which this year is April 27–29. (Photo by Steve Kurtz)   [Sponsored]   Slugs, come home! The Return of the Prodigal Slugs, otherwise known as Alumni Weekend 2018, will be a moveable slug-fest for alumni and…

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Get High At The Human Race

Human Race group

[Sponsored] For the 38th year in a row, the Santa Cruz County Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run is back in action with 125 teams powering this crowd-sourced fundraising extravaganza. Hosted by the fabulous folks at the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, this event has grown into the most successful Human Race in California. Not…

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Underdog Unleashed: Corporate Health Care


EPISODE 3: CORPORATE HEALTH CARE Santa Cruz County is number one in the country for metro area health insurance costs. Underdog Unleashed ponders how this feels. Underdog Unleashed is a 60-second video rant about lifestyle on the central coast, recorded through the steering wheel of Richard Stockton’s live-aboard van. To see the video version of the daily…

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