Author: Melissa

Trekking through Truckee

      Photos by: By Eileen Majors While searching out some of our BEST ROAD TRIPS for this edition, we were taken back to Truckee, CA for more good times remembered on the Mountain Valley Living adventures. Turns out good things happen when you revisit the past. My friend and I strolled into downtown Truckee long after Melissa Wynn’s s story about her stay here had been published.  Thanks to Melissa’s  prior work, we were welcomed back with great favor. We grandly enjoyed our stay in downtown Truckee.   I spoke with Tim, owner of the Truckee Hotel,...

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Corned Beef and Cabbage : By Marna Hogan

Corned Beef and Cabbage ~ By Marna Hogan Prepare for a festive St. Patrick’s Day celebration, March 17th, and don’t forget to wear some green to bring you the luck of the Irish! FOR THE MEAT : Purchase corned beef brisket commercially prepared and available at your local markets, or if you are really lucky, there may be freshly-made briskets available at local butcher shops.  The brisket has a little more fat which adds tenderness and moistness to the cooked dish, but you can also use the other cuts available which have less fat.  However, for a meal that...

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Where Are The Porcupines?

By Melissa Wynn I was blessed growing up deep in the woods of the Sierra Nevada as a child. Porcupines were a very common wildlife sighting. In my late teens, I commuted on HWY 36 from Westwood out past the HWY 32 turn off for work and porcupines were every bit the road hazard at night that the deer were and continue to be. I can also remember my father many times pulling on coveralls and thick gloves to go out and pull porcupine quills from our naughty dogs that couldn’t seem to resist a chase every time they managed to sneak out of the yard...

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Diabetes: Early Detection

Diabetes: Early Detection Reduces Complications 26 million people in the United States have diabetes.   Another 67 million Americans are estimated to have pre-diabetes, a condition which may not have any obvious symptoms.   Many people in our community are suffering the effects of high blood sugar and do not know it.  Symptoms usually come on gradually so they are not immediately noticed.  Early diagnosis is important.  With lower blood sugar achieved early on, less damage occurs throughout the course of diabetes. Elevated blood sugar increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.  It damages nerves in hands and feet causing...

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From The Publisher March 2011

One Pioneer Ready to Weather Another Storm With all the sunshine lately, I’d forgotten about winter, until early this morning, when I awoke, home alone and craving that first morning cup. The winds had crashed against the house and trees all night and I completely understood why the room was entirely black with no time flashing at me in red from the alarm clock on the night stand. No power! It had snowed well over two feet and it was still coming down. Hmmm… it is still always kind of fun when I get the chance to put that...

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