Category: Features

Artist of the Month

Karen Brungardt pauses in her studio.

Karen Brungardt: Aiming for the wow factor LaVerne Kyriss Karen Brungardt grew up in the Midwest and doodled as a child, but didn’t take her first art class until she was a senior in high school. That interest led to a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania but few marketable skills.…

SaddleBrooke author, Gary Gildner, publishes his 22nd book

Michele Gildner Author Gary Gildner, a new SaddleBrooke resident, has published his twenty-second book, The Capital of Kansas City (BkMk Press), a collection of stories nominated for the 2017 Story Prize. Nobel Laureate Alice Munro has said of Gildner’s art, “There is such a good feeling about his stories-—that the writer knows his people, the whole…

Maintain motivation

Susan Dawson-Cook March is a big month for New Year’s resolution dropouts. The gym overflows with new exercise enthusiasts January and February and then all at once, it’s back to only the regulars who have been exercising for years. If you want to avoid becoming another one of the disappearing exercisers, here are a few…

Honor Flight

Jerry Lujan Are you a military veteran? Have you visited the military memorials in Washington, D.C.? Would you like to visit them? Would you like to visit them in the company of other veterans such as yourself? Would you like to visit them at no cost to yourself? If you have answered “Yes” to any…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Cornu asperum: California brown garden snail

Louise Grabell The tail of two snails: It was the best of times, out in the garden preparing the soil for spring planting. To my great surprise, a pretty little snail was crawling along the soil surface and I thought: isn’t that curious? This is the desert. It’s hot and dry here. Where on Earth…

This I have learned…

Mary Jo Bellner Swartzberg “How do you feel?” I asked my husband as the nurse helped him into the passenger side of my car. “Better than I did prior to the test,” he said. I could see that he was still groggy and shaky, the after effects of the twilight medicine that was given to…

SaddleBrooke Pet Rescue Network

Cornu asperum: California brown garden snail

Last call to “Re-Member” us during our membership campaign. Here’s why we need you… A SaddleBrooke resident calls about six dogs needing re-homed in two days or they go to the shelter. The Network jumps into action coordinating an assessment visit, contacting fosters, organizing transportation and scheduling vet visits. It took many hours of work…