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One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite // The Art of Glamping

One Last Hurrah + a Fall Favorite / The Art of Glamping

Hi all! A big hello to all of you wonderful TDC readers! I’m Heidi and it is such a blessing to be visiting here from my blog, Brave Wild and Free (formerly My Beautiful Mess). I have adored Rayan’s eclectic style and eye for design for such a long time - not to mention that I got to meet her adorable self in person AND eat Mexican food with her, which made me love her all the more! For those of you who don’t know me (most of you), let me introduce myself.  I’m a wife and a mom (of three) from the Pacific Northwest.  I love coffee, Toms, books and solitude.   I have always enjoyed the peacefulness of the great outdoors – and here in the northwest it is GREAT.  But, if I’m honest, I don’t love the grittiness of the outdoors. 

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Assyrian Americans react to plight, persecution of Iraqi Christians


TURLOCK - Thousands of Assyrian Christians have fled Mosul, Iraq in the past few months because of terrorist activities. What's happening in Iraq is hitting home with many of the estimated 30,000 Assyrian-Americans currently living in Modesto, Ceres and Turlock.

Assyrians Christians are a religious minority in Iraq. Terrorized Assyrians in Iraq have been forced from their homes because of religious persecution by jihadist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

They and many Yazidi refugees are trapped on Mt. Sinjar, a mountain in Northern Iraq.

Turlock's Assyrian American Civic Club President Sam David said he is monitoring the news from Iraq.

"It's modern day genocide," David said. "For them to be directed this way, attacked this way because of Christianity, it's sad."

CDPH’s New Open Data Portal Improves Transparency and Access to Data

CDPH’s New Open Data Portal Improves Transparency and Access to Data

The California Department of Public Health launched its Open Data Portal, which will allow user-friendly access to the data it collects about important public health issues... Read More

French toast with caramelized bananas

French toast with caramelized bananas

Turn breakfast into a special treat with this recipe for French toast with caramelized bananas. Covered with real maple syrup, this fun breakfast dish will please adults and kids alike. Seconds will definitely be requested... Read More

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A Farewell to BRAATA August 16th

A Farewell to BRAATA August 16th

I am honored and saddened by this show. It is not often that a promoter gets to do the full ride along with a band, I booked BRAATA for their first show and now 6 years later their last.

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

San Joaquin County, CA – As part of its efforts to conserve and protect earth’s resources, Micke Grove Zoo follows the action program of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” The Zoo’s Animal Care Specialists created a soil bed that is used to compost kitchen waste and two separate beds for growing produce. The kitchen waste includes leftover or unusable portions of animal diets created in the animal kitchen. The animal kitchen is where diets are prepared for all of the captive wildlife housed at the Micke Grove Zoo.

State health department: Ebola virus poses no significant risk to Californians

State health department: Ebola virus poses no significant risk to Californians

The risk of the spread of Ebola virus disease (Ebola) in California is low, according to California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman... Read More