Laina Rose had to put the book down. After reading a few chapters, she found the story about a young woman hiking hundreds of miles alone too intimidating. Her older sister had given her “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” a memoir by Cheryl Strayed, for her 17th birthday, right after Rose decided... Continue Reading →
Night at Haggin Oaks driving range: A shot in the dark
Placed on tees by an unseen, automated machine, the white balls pop up through small openings in the green practice mats, their dimpled surfaces a study of shadows under the stadium lighting. A chorus of whoosh-thwackechoes through Haggin Oaks’ driving range,where a handful of night owls and a security guard occupy the largely desolate facility. Golf balls soar (and slice)... Continue Reading →
Gourmet food is front and center at Levi’s Stadium
To use a food metaphor, the San Francisco 49ersgot creamed by the Denver Broncos in last week’s preseason game, the NFL debut of the new $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium. Fans hope Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers will be more evenly matched. But if the on-field action fails to entertain, those who make the trip to Santa Clara always can focus... Continue Reading →
Hemingway’s favorite burger is a moveable feast
He was a soldier, a boxer, a hunter, a fisherman, a drinker, a father and the writer of words and stories that aimed to be, above all else, true and honest and pure. He also knew how to make one hell of a hamburger. Ernest Hemingway would have turned 115 this July, and the man... Continue Reading →
Country act Chris Gardner adds music to fireworks fun at Cal Expo
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A public library gets a personal library
A Sacramento man donates his collection of 13,000 books. Read my full story in The Sacramento Bee here.
2,650 miles on foot
Read my full story in The Sacramento Bee of 17-year-old Laina Rose here.
17 and solo, she set out to hike the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail
Laina Rose climbs a steep, shale-strewn trail just outside Sierra City. It’s before noon on a mid-June day and warm enough for her to remove her light jacket. Fellow hikers in town warned her that this stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail was a tough uphill, but to Rose, it’s just another stroll on a... Continue Reading →
Suspect identified in stabbing of Folsom baby, mom
By Quinn Western and Bill Lindelof Folsom police on Friday continued to try to determine what led to the stabbing spree that left an infant dead and his mother in critical condition. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the infant as Roberto Varela, who was just days short of 6 months old. The office on... Continue Reading →
Man donates 13,000 books to Sacramento library group
A Sacramento man has donated 13,000 books to the Friends of the Arden-Dimick Library, the largest donation the organization has ever received and one that includes works spanning topics from the Civil War to women’s studies. Frank Rose, 85, spent decades amassing the collection, which he stored in two apartments in the building he manages.... Continue Reading →