My words embrace a subject's or client's passions and strengths. They engage the reader to act positvely. I offer the best in editorial, PR and technical writing.This is the general website displaying a diversity of work. For other sites with specialized writings from food/drink and travel to grief survival, weddings, healthy and green living, click onto the individual links on the left hand column.Contact me at words4sail@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My story is included in upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology




Scheduled for release on August 18, 2015, the book can be ordered now online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other sites.

My "The Teacher Learns the Lesson" is among the 101 stories focusing on volunteering and giving back.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

How El Dorado County's Wine Industry Died Again and Again

Drive the tree–canopied and twisting roads of El Dorado County’s foothills and it is easy to see the importance of the wine industry here.

Whether anchored on steep hillsides or on flatlands, vineyards from Mount Aukum and Fair Play to Pleasant Valley, Camino and beyond are plentiful. Oenophiles, and others, appreciate the varied varietals of locally fermented grape elixirs of over 70 wineries.

With the county’s historic relevance to the Gold Rush and early California statehood many assume some modern–day wineries have been in existence since the mid–19th century. The truth is none existed prior to the 1970s when disco ruled the airwaves.

Wine–making here has often been a roller coaster ride controlled mainly by Mother Nature, economic factors and government.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

My First Book

Who knew after 20 years of being a writer that starting a tour company would result in a book deal?

The History Press contacted me after their Northern California rep saw our advertisement for ghost tours. Their Haunted America series required a book pertaining to the California Gold Rush.

Situated in Placerville, the former "Hangtown" of the raucous gold discovery era it became a natural fit.

I am not a paranormal expert. Our tours, and now the book, heavily feature the historical aspect of the spirited past in the golden triad that also featured Coloma and Georgetown.

If you cannot buy it locally both Amazon and Barnes and Noble and other online outlets sell it.

Grab a copy and enjoy.



Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Grass Fed Movement

Warm weather lures many of us outside after months of mainly living inside.

Gardens are planted, pools readied and eating options now include al fresco dining.

A favorite activity is barbequing.  Meat sizzling on a hot grill releases a seductive scent few can resist.

So, don’t.

Banishing beef and pork, lamb, chicken and even eggs from your diet is not a healthy move, according to many nutritional experts.  Your body is being deprived of vital nutrition. Unlike trans-fat, found in margarine, processed meats and fast foods, eating animal flesh supplies saturated fat rich in Vitamins, A, D and K.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Open wide, its good for you

Perhaps the words, “open up, this is good for you,” bring back childhood memories of cod liver oil slipping down your throat.

Whether you remember it fondly or with a shudder, you swallowed one of the world’s healthiest foods.

Cod liver oil provides necessary doses of Vitamins A and D. The latter vitamin is a key component to building strong bones in newborns and young children and maintaining them as we age.

For centuries, it bolstered health and well-being particularly in Northern European fishing villages from Scotland’s Shetland Islands to throughout Scandinavia. Then as now, winter weather is harsh and the sun’s seasonal appearance brief.

By the mid-18th century the oil’s healing properties were discovered to also benefit those afflicted with rheumatism. Advocates grew to include people with chronic dry skin, brittle nails and hair.

Throughout the 19th century and up until the mid-20th, millions of bottles of cod liver oil were consumed in pursuit of good health.

So what happened?

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Youth Building with Dr. Howard Murad

Your reflection mirrors your shock and dismay.

When did those wrinkles around your eyes deepen, and is that your grandmother’s papery thin neck skin developing under your chin?

Some might feel the advancement of years equals never-ending physical decay.  But instead of resigning yourself to wearing sunglasses and turtlenecks forever – try instead “youth building” through Inclusive Health®.

Our friend and famed dermatologist, Howard Murad, M.D., F.A.A.D., discovered that the aging process causes cell membranes to lose elasticity and release vital intracellular moisture. That moisture is the base for a robust body as demonstrated through firmer skin, healthy hearts and even lush hair.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bad Eating Habit Triggers

Your commute home was a bumper-to-bumper crawl or cheek to cheek with strangers, some without an intimate relationship with deodorant.

All you want is peace upon arriving home

Instead, your lover start snarling about work, your children have drawn pictures on your newly painted walls or your mother calls with concerns on your stale social life.

Click, click, click…your emotional triggers are setting set off like a string of firecrackers on July 4.

Gone are aspirations for a healthy balanced meal.

Instead, with your dejected self seeks out old comforts. Cheese laden macaroni and ice cream head most emotional eating lists.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Expanding your Fruit and Veg Appreciation



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Your healthy battle against obesity will benefit from eating a variety of fruits and vegetables.

A key to maintaining your fitness diet is keeping the food interesting. Carrots, celery and iceberg lettuce are fine, but dull.

Now is the time to become an explorer

Discover some new sources of vitamins and minerals by strolling through a farmer’s market, or a store particularly one with Asian and Hispanic produce.

If they are unusual looking to you, banish your shyness and eagerly ask, “What is this and how do I eat it?”

Your taste buds and shrinking waistline will appreciate your curiosity.
 
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Joys of Joining a CSA

River Dog Farms, Guinda CA
Bite into a succulent strawberry or nibble on a steamed asparagus spear to appreciate how fruits and vegetables are delicious ways to lose weight.

As you decrease chomping down on unhealthy foods, your palate becomes more refined and robust.

You now desire produce full of the freshest tastes. No longer do you want to eat raw spinach or raspberries and get a mouthful of chemical additives, required for the long transportation – often from foreign countries.

You want to taste the multiple weeks’ worth of bright sunshine that ripened a tomato – not bland red glop.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Calorie Loss While Commuting

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Whether driving a car or as a strap hanger on a bus or in a subway, grab some exercise while getting to your destination.

If you’re driving, however, be sure to ONLY do these exercises while stopped and not while driving.

Additional activity can mean the difference of a few more pounds lost or getting off a stubborn weight loss plateau.

This does not mean breaking into an aerobic routine on a subway platform or at a bus stop. Just take advantage of the extra time with the following exercises.

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