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Thank you to all who entered the “” contest and 9 books are going to lucky winners (sorry, I didn’t pick them if you missed out)!

I will be “off” soon to see some kinfolk in California. It is quite an interesting state, a state where gold was discovered, “Hollywood” was created,  hippies galore there once in the late sixties in San Francisco. I’ve been to San Fran and Sacramento and a few big, beautiful parks, like a redwood state park and John Muir’s favorite place, “Yosemite” National Park, which is southeast of Sacramento, the capital.

My latest blog is actually of an old article I wrote about visiting Yosemite a few years back (click on the blog tab above). Hoping to see Lassen Volcanic National Park soon. They seem to have a lot of snow there now — yes, even in June! In California. That’s crazy, right? Well, it “is” at a good elevation (maybe 6,000 feet above sea level).


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     I’d like to add that it’s springtime (May-early June). A time to get outside, be optimistic, exercise, continue trying to follow your New Year’s resolution(s) to REALLY lose weight (my continuing, awful issue, it seems). Explore nature, and see my blog and “writer news” on this book and a new eBook on nature and technology. It will be quite informative!

     A previous blog is about pines (did you know they are edible) on my blog page so check it out!


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Author DJ Mathews

D. J. Mathews is an author of 3 books and working on a 4th. She is also a freelance writer, blogger, product reviewer, and proud mother. She taught English and writing for several years at Radford University. She is a  Master Naturalist. See her humorous rants at or buy her a digital coffee for her writing at

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Yosemite a Great Adventure, like All National Parks

Yosemite a Great Adventure, like All National Parks

  Yosemite a Great Adventure, like all national Parks   (Originally from The Roanoke Times) By D.J. Mathews -  Special to The Roanoke Times (2015) While visiting family in Sacramento for the first time in several years, my son and I decided upon a side trip...

Did You Know– Pines — Healthy Tea?

Did You Know– Pines — Healthy Tea?

DID YOU KNOW -- PINES -- MAKE HEALTHY TEA? When you're in the woods -- this could be deep in a city park, state/national park, or if you're in a forest as part of your own property -- you will undoubtedly see pine trees. Pines, you say? You mean those trees they sell...

Allowances, Chores, Vaccines

Allowances, Chores, Vaccines

(photo courtesy of No Revisions at CHORES, ALLOWANCES, VACCINES Some parents believe getting a kid to do something around the house is like, well, pulling teeth (not that THAT is easy to do either, as someone who's been to the dentist more than once can...

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Extensively, I will provide ideas and examples on managing money better, paying for an education, dealing with doctors, and good ideas or deals when it comes to travel. I will also consider science, as it relates to my book “Great American Women in Science and Environment.” Science and the future can be both a good or bad thing, depending on your consumer choices and outlook. And writers can always use tips on how and where to make money. I will do regular blogs on these issues, seeking always to inform in an entertaining manner.

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