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{babydoll sheep arrive} calistoga ranch

Calistoga Ranch is fortunate enough to have these little ones visiting & grazing for five weeks. These guys are too cute for words!

{what if…} save the date – October 3, 2010

As you know, photography is not only my business but my passion. Once in a while, I am afforded the opportunity to use my passion to assist non-profits making positive changes.

Please view the ‘Save the Date’ to an auction supporting an extraordinary cause and consider joining us for an amazing night.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Solage . Calistoga, California

Clinica Verde’s first Napa Valley Auction


Hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Robert C. Callahan

Special Address by Dick Grace


What if you could change one life.

Would YOU?

{Breaking Ground . Clinica Verde}

Clinica Verde breaks ground! Congratulations to all of you who have donated time & money to this amazing cause. What a journey…what a story!  Meanwhile, last week I turned in my final application for the Getty’s Grants for Good to continue my photojounalism work in Nicaragua . Send me some positive thoughts, prayers, keep your fingers crossed, get out that rabbit foot…whatever works for you; I’ll appreciate your thougths.

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Worth checking out…

A Blog that is definitley worth checking out… with so many images floating around in the news. Images like these are often over-looked.  – A beautiful photojournalism blog with amazing posts. Some of the most touching images I have seen in a long time. Check out the “Preparing for the Olympics” photos. WOW!




Join the movement…Slow Food Nation ’08 is coming!

Slow Food Nation '08 | Aug 29 - Sept 1 Wanted to pass this info on to all local / bay area friends. Join the movement…supporting good, clean, fair food.

Taste delicious food, meet farmers, wander urban gardens, and discover the recipe for a fair and sustainable food system. Don’t forget to stop by and visit Sarah & her amazing organic Elixir Olive Oil.

Green Wise…Kleenex gets Punk’d!

I  recently watched an awesome video of a group raising awareness of something so “insignifigant” as your tissue choice. A simple choice can make a big difference at your next wedding or in your home.  Check it out & make a  different choice. Kleenex & Kimberly Clark brands use 100% virgin pulp from forests in Borael, Canada. Seventh Generation is an awesome alternative!

Stop the Clear Cutting for Catalogs…and End Junk Mail ?? Yes, please!

Do you want to eliminate the tons of unwated catalogs that you receive in the mail.

Visit ,  and . You just quickly set up your account and you type in a search for the catolog and the catolog will stop coming within 6 weeks. I’ve tried it and it works!!! 

Or if you have a company that you actually want to receive their catalog…contact them and request that they use 100% post consumer products. There is NO reason that any virgin pulp should be used.


Images of Nicaragua


The strength of photography lies in its ability to evoke a sense of humanity. If it is used well, it is a powerful ancedote in the war aganist all injustices.

Well, we have returned from an amazing trip. Their lives are difficult, the people were wonderful. I’ll let the images tell the story.View my site / ediorial to see more images.


Raquelito age 8. Grandmother cares for after Mother passed away & Father left.  Lives is a shack outside of Boaco in the country. Can’t attend school because she can’t afford the price of a uniform.


Boys in Empalme de Boaco. Cutting down branches to sell for firewood. (A common way to help support the family.)


Life on her knees. Empalpe de Boaco


“I dream for my family to have a house…for an easier life.”

nica_191.jpgnica_189.jpg Pechu, age 8 & Sister Airiana, age 3 – Mother cleans homes during the day and they look after each other with the help of a neighbor. Pechu hopes to go to school someday. Boaco


To find out more about how to help. Read the full post or check out

Check out the Napa Register Article about the upcoming event to support Nicaraguan clinic – Clinica Verde.

I’m off!

adios amigos! I’m off to Nicaragua. Can’t wait to share the journey with you all when I return. Don’t forget to sign up for the Wildflowers & Wine Cycle & Picnic on April 12th.

how to throw a GREEN wedding

With the state of the planet on so many’s minds, it’s not surprising that more couples are considering ways to make their wedding day more environmentall conscious. Here are a few ideas to consider:
  • Go Local  – Food & flowers grown nearby require less transportation, support local farmers, and are fresher! Go organic…all the better! Take advantage of the decorating & tabletop items you have on hand.
  • Marry by Day – Exchange vows outdoors in the afternoon thus keeping electricity costs down. For an evening reception, consider using softly glowing soy or beeswax candles.
  • Think Small – Throw a more intimate event which requires fewer resources and thus less waste
  • Give Earth-Friendly Favors – Skip the throw-away trinkets for a donation in guests’ names to an organization that you support. Of if you like, try tiny potted herbs, tree seedlings or edible gifts such as fair-trade coffee   or organic chocolate
  • Save a Tree – Print invitations on recyled paper with soy based inks
  • Keep it Close – Try to find a location where you can hold the ceremony & reception without driving a long distance.
  • Pay it Back – Purchase carbon offsets from NativeEnergy, a vermont company that uses proceeds to fund cleaner, renewable-energy projects, such as wind farms. (You can even donate in guests names.)
  • Recycle  – Talk to your caterer to set up a plan to recyle bottles, cans & papergoods. Be creative, what else can be re-used? At our wedding, my husband (who is a potter), threw Raku pots which held beautiful orchids as centerpieces on the tables. When the night was over, each orchid in a personally made pot was a lovely gift for our bridal party.  Whether they do double duty or not, consider donating your blooms. Look into finding someone who can take your bouquets / arrangements to a local hospital, homeless shelter, non-profit office or a retirement home. 
  • Go all out – Dont’ think for a moment that to be green, you have to be boring.  ** Check out some photos from a faboulous Sasha Souza  Green Wedding ** and see here more info from Sasha on how to plan a Green Wedding. 

Online Resources:

Portions of this article were adapted from Martha Stewert Weddings &

Want more info? Tree Hugger’s Guide to Greening your Wedding.