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This week we appreciate New York-based writer and New Journalist Joan Didion, born and raised in Sacramento, the Big Tomato. Pioneer stock. Some of her people were part of the Donner Party, in fact—those who wisely turned north to Oregon instead of scaling the Sierra Nevada.

One of my favorite Didion books is Where I Was From, first published in 2003. Note, in the book title, that she was from here, from California, but that past tense suggests she no longer is. The physical facts of the matter haven’t changed—she was born in Sacramento, on December 5, 1938, and lived here for much of her life—but everything else has. I’m glad she took an entire book to explain. Didion’s voice in Where I Was From isn’t so different from that in her debut collection, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, also exploring California. But the perspective is.

The commonly accepted solution to weight loss is to eat less and exercise more. Not so says weight loss coach and author Michelle Hastie. Her approach may sound too good to be true. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Have Your Cake and Be Happy, Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss.

Marc Albert

Despite plenty of sound and fury from the community, there was little decisive action made by Chico's city council Tuesday night on issues surrounding homelessness, poverty and crime.

After much drama and confrontation, the council delegated suggestions and ordered further study of a list of five proposals pushed as helping curb incivility and lawfulness, which were also derided as inhumane, anti-homeless and downright cruel.

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The acronyms GSA, GSP and SGMA may not mean anything to you. But if you rely on a well for your water, it might be time to start paying attention. SGMA is the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which was was passed in 2014. It requires local agencies to submit management plans by 2022. If you want to have any input on how agencies are going to manage your groundwater, now is the time to get involved.

courtesy of CAL FIRE

Experts who study fire activity say conditions suggest more wildfires than last year are in store with fire danger just about everywhere in the North State.

Officials are expecting even more wildfires than usual through this year’s fire season, as a combination of a relatively dry winter and late rains have created heightened risks across the North State, and the rest of California.

We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with directors and actors from "Fresh Ink 2018" which presents (this weekend only) three freshly-written one-act plays all set at the same hotel. We also talk with two representatives from the Snidle Gallery in Chico. They'll tell us about the artwork on display for June, including Lynn Criswell's exhibit "Clowns and Portraits."

Marc Albert

“Hi, this is Lana Johnson from Chico California, and I would like to know the history of the Miller Mansion. Is the property significant in Chico history? And who exactly were the Millers?”

 

Thanks Lana, I’ve often wondered about that stately building framed by columns on somewhat storybook grounds.  

 

Yes, the Miller Mansion property is quite significant to Chico history, the house, less so. And the Millers? Well, hold on.

 

Credit Photo used courtesy of Nancy Lawson

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word Humane as this: Being characterized by consideration of other, compassionate. This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by Nancy Lawson author of  – The Humane Gardener, Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife. Join us! 

Steve Herring

The English-American poet and writer W.H. Auden was a big fan of M.F.K. Fisher, an American culinary icon. He called her called America’s “greatest writer.” In 1963 he also said, provocatively, “I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose.” One of the first to engage food in all its variety as a cultural metaphor, Fisher knew she was the real thing. Further, she believed that writers are born, not created. Once, when asked by a young girl why “so-and-so’s” books were best-sellers while she was barely known, Fisher reportedly replied: “Because he is an author, and I am a writer.” Being a writer, however, didn’t spare her a lifetime of scrambling after book contracts and New Yorker magazine assignments. Everyone has to sing for their supper.

photo by Emily O'Neill

Today we are revisiting an episode of the show featuring North State songwriter Hannah Jane Kile. At the time of this recording Kile had just released her second full-length album, and this Friday she will return to Chico for a show where she’ll release not one but two brand new full albums. 

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