Vacation Memories

When I married Grizzly Adams, I was used to a penthouse view. My mother always told me, “Tonya, it’s as easy to fall in love with a rich man as it is a poor one.” In those days, I seldom took my mother’s advice. So due to our economic situation, our early family vacations involved...

Fall Is In The Air

Mammoth has been our family’s favorite vacation spot since the children were little. This year we were able to bring my daughter, Ashely, and her family along to experience the beauty of fall in the Eastern Sierras. The golden aspen provided a beautiful backdrop for photographs. While the boys went fishing, we girls headed out...

Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

During my childhood, my mother loved taking me outside. She often sang along with John Denver’s song, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy, sunshine in my eyes can make me cry…” She was a fan of picnics, days at the beach, and gardening. As a young teen, I foolishly slathered my body with Hawaiian...

Are You Poisoning Yourself?

“The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment…. We work for you. Do you know what’s in your tap water? What about your shampoo? … “ Since our skin is our largest organ – we should be aware of what we are putting on it. The EWG...

Washing Your Hands

I thought I was protecting my family by buying antibacterial soap for them to wash their hands. I’ve been using it since it first came on the market. A couple of years ago, I heard that some of the ingredients in it might be harmful. Now, the FDA has banned 19 of the chemicals used...

The Man Behind The Camera – Frank Horvat

In October of 1979, I went on a “go-see” for a magazine named Jours De France. Upon arrival, I was ushered into a room with a wall of windows and sunlight streaming through. A rack of clothes was in the center of the room, and models were in various states of undress as the stylist...

Anti-perspirant vs Deodorant

I know there has been much written about antiperspirant vs deodorant. Is Anti-perspirant bad for you? Studies have been done and when you google it, so much information pops up that it’s hard to know who to believe. We all sweat and body odor is a byproduct of that bodily function. So what should we...

Just Keep Swimming

Three years ago, after my husband, Ron, and I both had back surgery, our doctor recommended that we have “aqua therapy.” It was soothing doing our exercises in the warm salt water pool. We enjoyed exercising in the water so much that we eventually joined a local gym that had an aqua aerobics class. After...

Irvine Mariners Farmers Market

My daughter, Ashley, and I headed out early this morning to the Irvine Farmers Market at Mariners Church, corner of Bonita Canyon & Turtle Ridge Road. The hours are posted as 8am – 12 noon (Rain or Shine). If you want from “farm to table” for your family – this is the place to go. There...

Under The Shadow Of Your Wings

Four years ago, my life changed dramatically when my husband, Ron, became too ill to work. I cancelled my upcoming speaking engagements to care for him. When his job was terminated due to his extended medical leave, I stopped writing. I was wordless. For a time, it seemed as if we had lost everything. Looking...