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Joseph as Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie – Animated GIFs

March 30th, 2015 Comments off

A few photos that Google+ assembled in to nice animated gifs showing Joseph as Trevor Graydon in his high  school production of “Thoroughly Modern Mille”

The Speed Test

Sweet Mystery of Life

All alone at the end

Photo: Four kitties in watercolor via Waterlogue app

March 29th, 2015 Comments off

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March 26th, 2015 Comments off

Event: Easter Egg Hunt – Los Encinos State Historic Park – Saturday, April 4, 2015 @ 1pm

March 25th, 2015 Comments off

Sat Apr 4 – Easter Egg Hunt – Los Encinos State Historic Park


Start: Apr 4 2015 1:00 pm
End: Apr 4 2015 3:00 pm

Join the Los Encinos Docents Association at Los Encinos State Historic Park for our annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Admission is free. Donations of any amount are welcome.

This is our most popular event; a tradition for decades. In addition to the Egg Hunts for ages from toddlers to 10, we will have traditional games, a blacksmith, and old-time music, tours of the historic adobe and performers in period costume.

Pre-Egg Hunt activities:
11:30 AM Bird Walk led by the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society

The Egg Hunts will be grouped as follows:

1:30: 2 years and under
2:00: 3 and 4 years old
2:30: 5 and 6 years old
3:00: 7-10 years old

Link: Los Encinos State Historic Park

Elsewhere on – Spring Beauty That Lasts – Sponsored by #Monrovia – My 2 New Plants

March 24th, 2015 Comments off

Thanks to Monrovia for sponsoring this series of posts. The opinions stated here are my own.



Hello everyone, it’s Douglas E. Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook. You may have noticed on the blog that I’ve had a sponsored opportunity from Monrovia to try out some of their plants in my garden. So, I headed off to my local gardening store here — one that I don’t get to visit that often — and I was intrigued by the variety that was available.

One of the first plants that caught my eye was this California Buckwheat. It’s a California Native and I’ve been wanting to grow buckwheat in my garden for a long time, but I haven’t had much success growing it from seed. So, hopefully, this will be one way of getting it started here.

The second plant was one that I had discovered on a photowalk I took about a year ago. It’s a Dwarf New Zealand Tea Tree or a Leptospermum. I really love the color of the flower on this plant. Now, unfortunately, I don’t have room for a full size version of this which grows into a substantial tree in your garden, so I’m hoping that this dwarf variety works better in my garden and still provides a lot of the color and texture that I found so likable in the full-sized version.

So, these are the 2 new plants I’ve decided to add to my garden. Thanks to Monrovia  for giving me this opportunity to try out some new plants. I can always use new things in my garden, especially those plants that are waterwise and help out in our drought conditions here in Southern California.

For more information, you can visit the Monrovia site directly. You can find links on this video and also on the associated blog post. Thanks for listening. For more information on A Gardener’s Notebook visit

Until next time…keep on digging!

Music: “Carefree” by Kevin MacLeod ( under Creative Commons License

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March 18th, 2015 Comments off

Video: CareerCamp: New Unconference Methods for Helping People Build the Career They Deserve with Douglas E. Welch

March 16th, 2015 Comments off

CareerCamp Founder, Douglas E. Welch, shares CareerCamp with the attendees of the California Placement Association at their annual 2015 conference in San Luis Obispo.

He discusses What is CareerCamp?, how it might be used in your organization and takes you through an example of a Day at CareerCamp.

Video: CareerCamp: New Unconference Methods for Helping People Build the Career They Deserve with Douglas E. Welch

What is CareerCamp and Career Camp International?

CareerCamp is a community organized, career-focused, unconference which calls upon local communities and people to share their knowledge, expertise and other important information on developing yourself and your career.

What is an unconference?

Unconferences are self-organizing conferences, similar to many professional conferences, but instead of hiring well-known, professional speakers, they call on the attendees themselves to provide the content and focus for the event. Every person who attends is highly encouraged to present on some topic deeply important to them or, barring that, to facilitate an open breakout session or round table discussion or even just to engage and converse with their fellow attendees between presentations. A few organizers band together to find a venue for the event, recruit sponsors and invite attendees, but the focus of the unconference is driven solely by the attendees.

Some might question the usefulness of presentations by their peers, but we have found that there is an enormous amount of real-world expertise available in each and every local community. CareerCamp utilizes a format that draws out that expertise and benefits everyone. CareerCamp (and other unconferences) provide a structure and an opportunity to share this expertise in ways that traditional conferences do not. Additionally, CareerCamps also attract career development professionals who can use CareerCamp as a way of introducing themselves to a new audience of potential clients.

How was CareerCamp developed?

The genesis of CareerCamp was found by attending BarCamp unconferences held around the world. CareerCamp founder, Douglas E. Welch, was a long time attendee of BarCamp, which is an event that embraces any topic, although it often leans toward technology. After seeing the success of BarCamp as a way to illuminate and educate within a community, Welch applied the unconference concept to the specific world of Career Development.

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Photo: Honeybee at work via #instagram

March 13th, 2015 Comments off
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March 9th, 2015 Comments off

It’s Tomatomania Time Again! – March 20-22, 2015, Encino, CA

March 4th, 2015 Comments off

It’s that time of year again…time to get growing — and eventually eating — all that tomato-y goodness from your own garden. This year’s bi-coastal Tomatomania 2015 may be coming to an area near you. Check out all the info on their web site,


Tomatomania is coming soon to your area!


Our own local event, here at Tapia Bros in Encino, CA will be held March 20-22, 2015. I highly recommend going early, as many varieties sell out quickly and you want to make sure you get your favorites!

You can also get your own personal copy of Tomatomania!: A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden and in the Kitchen Paperback by Scott Daigre and Jenn Garbee to help you grow the best tomatoes ever.

You can find many of my previous posts about Tomatomania using the related links below! Wishing you the best tomato season ever in your garden!