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In the Gold Country
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Mary Wald is founder of, an online community for peace building and human rights. She has worked with 27 of the Nobel Peace Prize winners and other human rights leaders tackling international issues. She has recently made the jump from Los Angeles to a town of 700 in California's Gold Country and is trying to prove that it can be done.

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Lessons from the Butte Fire

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 4:47 PM

As I write this, the Butte Fire in Northern California has burned more than 71,660 acres around me. More than 110 square miles.

It started in the Mokelumne River Canyon. I am nearby in Mokelumne Hill, writing in a small notebook by the light from a Coleman lantern as...

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Rein in California's Farmers to Solve the Drought? Not so Fast.

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 12:44 PM

I mentioned to a friend in Santa Cruz that I had the opportunity to tag along for the cherry harvest in the San Joaquin Valley last week. "Yeah," he said. "We are going to have to take a bite out of big ag in California if we're going to solve...

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Thinking Globally and Acting Locally

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 5:01 PM

Mokelumne Hill sits just over the line from Amador County in California's Gold County, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. It is the first sign of life as you come over the hill into Calaveras County, a county whose only claim to fame may be the Mark Twain's Frog...

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Shenandoah Valley's Godfather of Barbera

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Before moving to the California Gold Country, I had probably had Barbera wine two or three times. I enjoyed it, but aside from grabbing a bottle on sale at Whole Foods, I had no idea how to buy it or appreciate it.

These days I don't let...

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Beating the Heat in the Gold Country

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:11 AM

The Hotel Leger, a few hours out of the Bay Area, hasn't changed all that much from the gold rush. And local bands in the bars on weekend are probably a tradition as old as the hotel. I have to admit, for those of us who live any...

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The Best Little Winery You've Never Heard of

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 11:16 PM

Having lived in Napa for nine years, and having been a wine lover for many years before that, I've done a fair share of wine tasting. I have yet to taste a flight where every wine was fabulous. Until last weekend.

The Shenandoah Valley in Amador Country, in California's...

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Lessons from Mokelumne Hill

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 2:46 AM

For 16 of the last 24 years, I have rented in Los Angeles, most recently paying $2650 for a sweet little house in Pasadena. In one day, a letter from my landlord changed everything. It may have even added ten years to my life.

The real estate market had...

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