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Hydrologist Clay Brandow has water on his mind most of the time, but now is seeking other diversions. Dear reader I'd love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment or two. It's easy.

JOYFUL 2017

Welcome to the Brandows’ 2017 year in review lettter. Glad you could find us here on ColorfulClay.Wordpress.Com, a blog which I have been neglecting, but resolve to add to more frequently in 2018. Our top story is the Seilers’ move … Continue reading

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My adopted hometown Davis, CA. is doing well.

My adopted hometown Davis, CA. (population 65,000) is doing well post-dip. The 5,000 acre UC Davis campus is officially outside the city limits, but it’s been growing fast in size (now 34,000 students) and in prestige (now an “Ivy League” … Continue reading

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UC Davis / Wilderness Love Story

Note: Brooke and I met forty (40) years ago this week on 10/10/1974.    Ms. Stephanie Towne, class of 2011, a writer and publications assistant with the Cal Aggie Alumni Association asked me the following three questions for a project … Continue reading

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Homer and the Change Can

Plink, plank, plunk … the nuts, bolts, washers and screws all made different sounds as Homer dropped an armload of stuff on the hardware store checkout counter. “That’s quite a selection of stuff you got there, Homer,” said Jennifer the helpful hardware … Continue reading

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Munn’s the One to fix Davis’ Budget Mess

If you want one steady, reliable voice for fiscal responsibility on the City Council, join me in voting for John Munn for Davis City Council. John will focus the Council’s attention on good government and living within our means. John … Continue reading

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Winter Olympics 1960 Squaw Valley Trivia

Hope you are enjoying the Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia. Are you old enough to remember the 1960 Winter Olympics from Squaw Valley, USA?  I was eight years old, but thanks to my Dad I was already an avid skiing … Continue reading

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

The “Remembering Nelson Mandela” event at International House on January 24th hosted by our fellow Rotarian Natalie Minya was a huge success. I have never seen that many people packed into the big room at I-House. Brooke and I joined- … Continue reading

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What’s in your wallet?

Did you hear about the recent bank heist in Davis where the bandit was refused service because the plastic bags he brought to carry away the loot were not the re-useable type? The frustrated robber argued that Nugget plastic grocery … Continue reading

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JFK Assination — My Memories of those awful Days

I was in the fifth grade at Neil Cummins School in Corte Madera, California. It was the mid-morning recess, and my friend Marty and I hadn’t gone outside like we were supposed to. Marty was combing his hair in the … Continue reading

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Two Sons of San Francisco

Two sons of San Francisco, from very different neighborhoods, thrown together by World War II, warmed to each other and melted a little of the racial prejudice and segregation that was then so rampant. As young men, they both attended … Continue reading

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