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Growing Up In Rancho Santa Fe (sort of) In The 1940s

By Sally McKenney   I stood at the edge of the driveway as my mother’s car circled around and exited the big iron gates which clanged shut behind her.  I waved goodbye but did not see anyone wave back.  I was four years old.  I burst into

Irving Gill’s spirit is all over Oceanside

Drive around Oceanside some time and check out Irving Gill. While time erases much of what we know, Gill remains, or what remains of Gill, is an important, and perhaps overlooked, part of the Oceanside landscape. While a longtime Carlsbad resident at 4th Street and Pine Avenue,

Former RSF Resident Writes About The Perils Of Country Living

Another gem from my Writing For Life student.  Rosalie Cushman THE BISHOP’S DOG By Sally McKenney It was the early 1950′s.  I was nine years old and in the first semester of fourth grade. I was living with my mother and grandparents in Rancho Santa Fe at

Valley Center, CA vote-count machines gave us Bush in 2000

Ever wonder about those darn voting machines that caused all the controversy in 2000 when George Bush squeaked through the election thanks to some hanging chad and an one-vote Supreme Court victory. Valley Center. That’s right, right over there at 29751 Valley Center Rd. Dick Stephens, along


This is a story in itself. Wow, I wrote this a long time ago and completely forgot about it. Not only, but I also couldn’t remember at all when I wrote it and why. However, it goes on and on and on and apparently I was trying

Taking agricultural education to a whole ‘nother level

SAN PASQUAL VALLEY — Organic farming pioneer and consultant, resource conservation leader, and now agricultural educator, Scott Murray hopes his back-to-the-future efforts will keep farming viable in California and the nation. Murray was doing it, in part, at a groundbreaking venue, the San Pasqual Academy. Located in