Machel’s Ranch

Five-year anniversary of ‘Machel’s Ranch’

Five-year anniversary of ‘Machel’s Ranch’

Five years ago I began writing my column “Machel’s Ranch,” in the Rancho Santa Fe News. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful residents in the Ranch. I have uncovered some little gems that might have been missed because not every story needs to be a feature. Some can be short with […]

Spotlight on Ranch resident for  efforts in helping Wounded Warriors

Spotlight on Ranch resident for efforts in helping Wounded Warriors

This week I was contacted by someone who deserves his picture in the paper.While many of us (including me) enjoy the idle gossip of who is being auditioned for a reality show starring local housewives of Rancho Santa Fe, there is someone who deserves the spotlight on him.So forget the housewives this week.

Resolutions and fresh perspective in 2013

Resolutions and fresh perspective in 2013

Happy New Year Rancho Santa Fe. I hope that you had a splendid holiday season. I managed to squeeze in a trip back to the snowy Midwest to see my parents.

Slow down and make time for blessings and gratitude this holiday

Slow down and make time for blessings and gratitude this holiday

I am drinking a hot cup of green tea on Thanksgiving morning. The sun is shining with intensity and about 50 cyclists just rode past Lemon Twist in Rancho Santa Fe. Right now at this moment my husband is working on an Apple laptop computer. And just now a jogger with a fanny pack and […]

Hollywood comes to Rancho Santa Fe and a memory that remains

Hollywood comes to Rancho Santa Fe and a memory that remains

Do you believe in signs? I do. I think that life is designed to guide us if we at least pay attention along the way to the details surrounding us. Today was one of those hum-drum days that had me milling around my house in flannel pajamas while sweeping the kitchen.I wore my little furry […]

The Country Friends Fashion Show and the other lunch bunch

The Country Friends Fashion Show and the other lunch bunch

Over a hot muggy day in Rancho Santa Fe, I hung out with my husband at Lemon Twist and read a book silently behind the counter as he helped customers choose their selections of fruits and vegetables.

Crossing bridges and spa parties in the Ranch

Crossing bridges and spa parties in the Ranch

Last fall, I had the wonderful opportunity of working in an art gallery. I remember when I found out that I snagged that art consultant position, I literally wept small tears of joy down the cracked sidewalks in La Jolla, while staring up at a church cross reaching up to the clouds, thanking God for […]

Life is a bowl of cherries in Rancho Santa Fe

Life is a bowl of cherries in Rancho Santa Fe

When you go from selling fruit for a living and then to art, you can gain quite a bit of perspective on human behavior. Helping my husband at Lemon Twist on the weekends in Rancho Santa Fe is one of the highlights of my week. Besides writing, I am also fine art consultant in La […]

It was a night for celebration with author Luanne Rice

It was a night for celebration with author Luanne Rice

Maybe it’s not a coincidence that in the year my son Jackson was born, 2000, I discovered my favorite female author, Luanne Rice. During that year, I had been isolated and pregnant amongst the eucalyptus trees.

A retreat to Pauma Valley and a birthday celebration

A retreat to Pauma Valley and a birthday celebration

Being a Midwest farm girl originally from the foothills of the Ozarks in Missouri, you might understand my draw to the sleepy, remote town just east of here — Pauma Valley. My in-laws have a ranch there, which means Robin and I are able to retreat down into the valley where the peacocks run wild […]