Author Archives: Bill D.

About Bill D.

Bill is a retired RN who has enjoyed working as a docent in a well-known historic house museum, and now is a proud volunteer in San Diego's newest state-of-the-art hospital. He enjoys reading, writing, and meditating, especially about mindfulness as discussed by Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh. (Photo credit: Jokie Tolentino)

RAVing about thriving

A glorious sun rose above the early morning mist as I arrived for yet another happy day of working as a volunteer in Kaiser Permanente’s state-of-the-art San Diego Medical Center* that is celebrating its first birthday this month on April … Continue reading

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Hello World (Take Two)

Waking up from a long winter’s nap, this blog has been energized and is now thriving. History Safari Expresso started three years ago this month as a way to capture some of our highlights and best photos of our experiences … Continue reading

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Chinese Lantern Plant

This summer I noticed an exotic plant in the San Diego County Park that is also the home of the haunted Whaley House* in Old Town San Diego.  Visitors would often stop by and admire the Chinese lantern-like flowers. It … Continue reading

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Spring flowers – 2017

After record breaking winter rains, a deep snow pack, and a horrible political winter, our California flowers surged forth reminding us that life triumphs death and that there is still hope and time to nourish each other and our planet.  … Continue reading

Posted in Deserts, Flowers, Gardens, Meditations

Japanese Friendship Garden: Oasis of serenity

Located in the heart of San Diego’s Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is an oasis of serenity amidst a bustling city and its freeways.  Per the “Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego Visitor Guide,” this garden is named “San-Kei-En,” … Continue reading

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Pitahaya Harvest Moon Festival

(Updated October 8, 2015, see note below). Late summer glorious blooms on our pitahaya were attracting bees so we were hopeful that the bloom seen below and in my last post, “End of summer flowers, fruit and promises,” would yield … Continue reading

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End of summer flowers, fruit, and promises

(Updated October 5, 2015:  I am happy to announce that today Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s End of Life Option Act, which now becomes law!  See note below.) Last month, our newly acquired Peruvian Apple Cactus cutting surprised us with … Continue reading

Posted in Flowers, Night photos, Politics