Author Archives: besspatti


  Stepping through a doorway into the “new normal”. Doorways entice one to new adventures,  imagined scenarios, to deeper understanding, or perhaps difficult challenges.  I am excited to see what is born from it.     In the midst of … Continue reading

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Heirloom Treasures for the Orchard and Beyond

This is a piece I wrote for the Grass Valley Union newspaper. It is such a unique concept and an important agricultural opportunity that I wanted to share it here in the blog also. These folks deserve our support.    Patti … Continue reading

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Risottos and other Revelations

We can’t travel these days, but the memories enliven a dull evening and give me hope for a brighter future for all of us. I don’t know about you and your family, but since the beginning of the Coronavirus we … Continue reading

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Joni Mitchell Understood

    We are stardust We are golden And we’ve got to get ourselves Back to the garden. Joni Mitchell l           And Covid-19 sent many Americans back to their gardens.  In April grocery shelves were empty and people had … Continue reading

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Starting Over

  Years ago I started this blog as a travel diary and then it got lost in other priorities. These days of the Covid-19 lock down, I’m only traveling from the bedroom to the teapot, my bicycle, and occasionally a … Continue reading

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The President is Coming!

Dakshineswar Ashram Five Miles south of Kolkata, India Some people might walk into a baseball stadium and feel completely at home. I drive up to the big white gate of the Yogoda Satsanga Society ashram just outside of Kolkata, India; … Continue reading

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A Surprise Around Every Corner

Kerala, India November 25 th A Surprise Around Every Corner Between the funky internet connections and computer glitches, I have not been diligent with my blog communications from India. Now we are settled for our last few days in Kerala. … Continue reading

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around the villagè of DAKSHINESWAR

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Different Perspective

  Kolkata, India We all have pre conceived expectations misunderstandings of any new place or experience. I admit to a certain amt of fear of arriving in Kolkata, India at 1 AM. Purse well zipped, money under my shirt. The … Continue reading

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Different perspective

Hello All; We have arrived and are settling in. Last night I was able to sleep until about 2:30, and then was awake the rest of the night. There were 3 nights in a row when we didn’t sleep before … Continue reading

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