Author Archives: besspatti

The Passing of an Icon

  This is a story that first appeared in the Grass Valley Union newspaper. I’d like to share it with my blog friends as well. Amigo Bob Cantisano was a great inspiration to my life and  many others. He accomplished … Continue reading

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Best Discovery in Asia and the Music of Morning

November 24, 2011 22 days in Thailand Ohh, it’s been such a long time since I’ve written, and here I am still dreaming of Thailand and food. In 2011 David and I visited the island of Koh Maak and the … Continue reading

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Cooking in Chiang Mai

    Meandering through Markets Chiang Mai, Thailand   Now that the holidays are over, I’m starting to get the Covid Blues or maybe it’s the Cooped Up Blues.  Memories of past adventures make me happy and give me hope. … Continue reading

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Connections at Bing Bang Bao

In the beginning, isolation was more than tolerable. It was a forced simplifying of our lives, and that was a welcome change. But these days it drives me into memories of times that were so sweet and that I took … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Go-Bag?????

For those of us in the West who live in the inland drier climates, we have deliberated over and over as to what to take if we had to leave our house in a fire. This past fall there was … Continue reading

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September Was Cancelled

    September, the days are often hot enough for a last swim in the Yuba River when, hopefully, the tourists have gone and serenity returns.    The angle of the sunlight and, of course, the changing trees. Dinners on … Continue reading

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Reflections on November

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow         domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; … Continue reading

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Doorways

  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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