Who Was Julia Morgan?

May West, Madame Curie, and Coco Channel. What do they have in common?  Notoriety: we remember their names and what they did.  In contrast, we might struggle to name a single female architect from that time period. Though there are many coffee table books filled with pictures and stories about her projects, ‘Julia Morgan remains a mystery to this day,’ noted one of the Special Collection’s librarians at Berkeley. As a…

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The Backstory- the unabridged edition

“The only joy in the world is to begin.”- Cesare Pavese   On Deciding to Blog I’ve entertained the idea of starting my own official blog for a some time now.  I guess you could say it was an unscheduled goal, second only to my desire to write a book. Meanwhile, I’d held off for two reasons, primarily: First, I…

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Where Were You On 9/11?

On the day it happened, I was still sleeping.  My husband who, usually gets ready for work quietly, suddenly spoke with subtle, yet alarming concern to inform me that “There’s a fire in NYC and they can’t seem to put it out…” My first thought was to dismiss it.  But my husband- who usually doesn’t watch…

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