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Name: Peggy
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Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
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Here are a few more pictures from Hearst Castle...Enjoy!

Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, next to the Indoor Pool:

A detail from the floor next to the indoor pool:

Next to the outdoor pool: (There was an ugly fence in the way, so I cropped that out.)

Another view of the gardens from the guest houses:

A sarcophagus in the garden:

A small statue:

A classic carving:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Aug 8, 2015, 04:11 PM (13 replies)

LA Times columnist Robin Abcarian on Personal and Deeply Felt Choices:


Susan Robinson was sitting on the patio of her Central Coast home, above golden hills and oak trees shimmering in the summer heat. She sipped homemade hibiscus tea as she patted the head of her mischievous border collie, Radar, and told me about the pride she takes in her work.

Robinson, 69, is an abortion doctor, one of only a handful in this country who perform abortions in the third trimester. She is in the business of ending pregnancies, yes, but more important, she is in the business of helping women assert control over their own lives.

"There is no other field in medicine where people come to you so desperate," she said, "and you can really help pretty much everyone who walks through the door."
There is no other field in medicine where people come to you so desperate and you can really help pretty much everyone who walks through the door. - Susan Robinson, doctor

Robinson used to fly to Wichita, Kan., every three weeks to work at a clinic owned by George Tiller, perhaps the country's most famous late-term abortion doctor. Tiller was renowned for his kindness toward patients and his courage in the face of relentless physical attacks against him that culminated in 2009 with his murder by a Christian extremist.

"His murder changed things," Robinson said. Tiller rarely gave interviews, insisting on keeping the focus on patients, and he instilled in Robinson the same ethic. But after he died, she decided to speak out.

"If you are secretive, you are sort of colluding in the stigma of abortion," Robinson said. "Now when people ask what I do, I say, 'My specialty is abortion care, and I love my job!' "

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Fri Aug 7, 2015, 02:22 PM (0 replies)

My husband and I just got home from a trip to the middle part of California...

We wanted to see Hearst Castle, and we did, plus we saw some other great sights...

Here's a few pictures:

The main building:

In the dining hall:

And again:

The grounds and the view from a guest cottage:

We also saw the elephant seals, and what a sight they were: These are juveniles and they're practice fighting!

Here they are resting on the beach:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Aug 5, 2015, 10:52 PM (38 replies)

Today is the anniversary of the first American traffic light, in 1916, in Cleveland.


It's the 101st anniversary of the first electric traffic signal system. On August 5, 1914, in Cleveland, Ohio, engineers installed a pair of green and red lights facing each side of a four-way intersection a simple experiment that has since shaped roads around the world, and is honored today in a Google Doodle.

In a technical sense, Cleveland's device might not seem all that impressive. It was actually preceded by similar temporary systems in London and Utah, and like the others, it was manually operated. Its chief benefit was allowing a policeman to sit in a booth next to the intersection instead of standing dangerously within it.

But this simple invention marks a key moment in the largely forgotten transformation of roads during the 20th century. For most of history, roads have been chaotic, shared public spaces, packed with horses, handcarts, merchants, pedestrians, and children. As much as any other invention, the traffic signal gave rise to the carefully controlled, highly automated thoroughfares we think of as roads today.

Why we needed traffic signals:

Horses, carriages, carts, streetcars, and pedestrians had been navigating busy intersections for years but they moved pretty slowly, which meant turn-taking and other informal driving customs generally worked fine.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Aug 5, 2015, 09:08 PM (3 replies)

Saw something very cool tonight!

My husband and I are on a driving trip into Central California for a few days; tonight we're in Cambria. There's an underground garage at our hotel, and when we drove in after dinner, I saw a wonderful sight!

The car next to ours sported a BERNIE 2016 bumper sticker!

I just could not stop grinning!

Now I have to get one too.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 12:05 AM (29 replies)

Great toon on gun violence by Margulies:

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 12:31 AM (2 replies)

Just now, it was raining here in So Cal...so I took a picture...

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jul 18, 2015, 05:46 PM (10 replies)

Wildlife--Southern California Style

This squirrel had the audacity to nibble on our Jacaranda tree, so I took his picture as payback!

Take that, squirrel!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 07:47 PM (22 replies)

Thanks to another member, I am now firmly in the Bernie Sanders camp.

Her unwavering support of HRC has caused me to realize that this is where I belong.

I have subscribed to this group, and I expect to post here now and then.

Go Bernie!

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Wed Jul 1, 2015, 08:50 PM (105 replies)

Today's LA Times: Keeping Tabbies.

All of it at the link:


Here's an excerpt:

By Jerome Campbell

Like the characters played by the actor who inspired his name, Pacino was no scaredy cat. The brown tabby had prowled the streets of Los Angeles, a drifter scraping for his next meal.

After the cat was turned in at an L.A. County animal services shelter, there was little hope that Pacino would be adopted. He was too distrustful, too fierce, too mean.

Then Melya Kaplan came along, looking for a cat with grit, street smarts and attitude.

Several hours after the customers and merchants have gone home and the lights are dim, the cats start their patrol in the Los Angeles Flower Market June 25, 2015. The Working Cats program is using unsocialized "feral" cats in a program to keep rodents away from the market.

The Working Cats program is using community cats in a program to rid the Los Angeles Flower Market of rodents. The cats dont kill the rodents they manage to repel them by their scent.

The 10-pound, 6-ounce cat would become the nighttime warden at the Original L.A. Flower Market, making sure rodents and other vermin didn't get out of hand. He's part of a group of tough cats recruited by an animal rights nonprofit to find homes in places that could use their hard-scrabble qualities. Along with another cat named DeNiro, Pacino would prowl the Italian side of the flower market. Of course.

"Mother Nature doesn't make mistakes," said Kaplan, executive director of Voice for the Animals. "We probably just haven't found a purpose for it yet."

As part of the Working Cats program, street cats like Pacino are rescued from animal shelters and sent to locations ranging from police stations, like the LAPD's Wilshire and Foothill divisions, to private homes, businesses and schools. Over the years, the program has placed about 500 cats in nearly 50 locations.

Posted by CaliforniaPeggy | Sat Jun 27, 2015, 03:10 PM (5 replies)
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