This is a letter of thanks to all the amazing, knowledgeable and hard-working people who pooled their talents and presented yet another magnificent wildflower show at the Cambria Vets Hall.
The amount of information they shared about not only our wealth of California native wildflowers, but also the troublesome invasive species that are trying to wedge their way into our environment, was beyond measure. I am not sure of the number of species displayed, but I know it must have hovered in the 400-plus range –– not bad for this year of severe drought.
I watched as “Doc” Miller, Peggy Phillips, Dave Krause and many others answered questions and sowed the seeds of their knowledge with eager visitors.
If you didn’t attend the show this year, well, you missed out But if we’re lucky, there is still next year.
San Luis Obispo
Where was the help when I needed it? Last week, I was suddenly attacked by a severe stomach bug and driven to the offices of Cambria CHC by friends. The person at the receiving window never asked for identification. I waited, almost falling down in pain.
I was eventually called into an office where someone took my blood pressure (high) and other vitals. The “person” left the room and returned with the news: “You need to see your regular doctor in Los Osos.” Then she gave me a barf bag and sent me away.
My friend drove me to Urgent Care in Morro Bay (couldn’t make it to Los Osos) where I received treatment that was courteous, caring and professional. I’m just sayin’.
Mary Anne Anderson
Just wondering if the annual Fourth of July Fireworks at Shamel Park is a really good idea considering the condition of the Pine Forest and the underbrush. One never knows just how far a spark or ember can travel.
I know that this event is traditional, is loved by all and brings in a lot of visitors which is good for the economy.
I moved here in 2000 when we had lots of rain. Everything was beautiful and green. It’s not green today. It’s dry and dangerous.
Just thinking and wondering.
Regarding Marie Hendricks' letter of April 16th (“Won’t Be Back to Cambria”), let me be the first — of what I’m sure will be a chorus of grateful voices — to thank Marie for injecting her unique perspective into our water conservation conversation.
Who better to critique the methodologies we’ve used in dealing with our drought than an impartial outsider, casually acquainted with our community, and living 450 miles away.
Among the many public health concerns she raised, reusing shower water to flush our toilets struck a particular chord. For my wife and I, it took only one unfortunate incident of mistakenly reversing the process to abandon that practice altogether. (We’re currently researching ways we might bathe water-free — an ancient, first century technique involving a mixture of lye and sesame seeds applied with a leafy eucalyptus branch is showing promise.)
Provided we’re not all quarantined in our homes or restricted from travel, I’m hoping I might one day visit Marie and thank her personally … keeping myself at a safe distance, of course.
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