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2008-10-12 06:00:20

By Gary Bogue It definitely feels like fall. Dear Gary: I moved to beautiful Dana Hills, in Clayton, 15 years ago, in order to be next to open space at the base of our majestic Mount Diablo. I treasure the bountiful flora, fauna and assorted beasts here, and I cherish the opportunity for harmonious co-existence, side-by-side, with Nature. I'd like to think most people who reside here have a similar appreciation and respect for wildlife. We're blessed with a wide range of wild birds,...

2008-09-25 21:00:21

By Gary Bogue PANAMA CITY, Panama PANAMA CITY is an amazing city. Its skyline is certainly as spectacular as San Francisco's -- some might even say more so -- with its tall skyscrapers. And more modern buildings are under construction, even as we speak. (Donald Trump is building the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in the shape of a 68-story sail!) What makes this cosmopolitan city amazing is that it springs up out of a primitive rain forest. A green jungle is just a...

2008-09-14 06:00:10

By Gary Bogue Bright sunrise in the eyes Swallowtail awakes from sleep baby lizards run and leap -- Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek Dear Gary: I sail our little 24-ft. boat out of Vallejo with my brother most weekdays. A couple of weeks ago we were working our way against a fairly gruesome ebb tide and moderate winds when there among the whitecaps we saw a pair of dolphins heading outbound toward San Pablo Bay. We see all types of interesting wildlife out there but this was a first...

2008-09-12 06:00:23

By Gary Bogue special attention to the flight of the hawk rising from the pine -- haiku by Jerry Ball, Walnut Creek URBAN WILDERNESS Wouldn't it be nice to live in your own little wildlife sanctuary right in the middle of town? Some people do. I think a lot of people would like to live in a place like that. I suspect Concord's Bert Jackson sure would. I wouldn't even have known about Concord's little piece of urban wilderness if he hadn't written me a letter waxing poetic...

2008-09-03 12:00:16

By Gary Bogue Gary is off to prowl the rain forests of Panama. He'll meet you here for your usual morning cup of coffee together on July 24. We'll print some of his columns from the past while he's gone. Today's is from Oct. 23, 1996. Dear Gary: Do you believe in ghosts and things that go bump in the night? Rebel, our 5-year-old Rottweiler, does. Each year as Halloween nears, a strange thing happens after sunset. Rebel runs beneath a Brazilian pepper tree on our patio, barking as...

2008-06-25 09:02:49

By Gary Bogue, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jun. 25--a late bloomer in the heat of summer one purple iris -- haiku by Nona Mock Wyman, Walnut Creek Dear Gary: My husband and I were walking on a beach up by Stinson/Bolinas and we saw what truly looked like a small penguin! It had black webbed feet. The usual black face and back with "wings." But its chest down to his feet was snow white. Its bill was black and more pointy than the so-called African penguin. It...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.