Life as I see it (09/27/2017)

I always like to see young people follow their dreams. I love it when they find their passion and pursue it.

This weekend, we attended the wedding of my nephew Jese and his bride Jessica. To my surprise, the wedding photographer turned out to be one of my former newspaper colleagues, Nikki Hancock.

The photos she takes are more than amazing. Of course, our Jese and Jessica are beautiful subjects, but Nikki’s talent shows in all the photos she does.

Nikki and I once worked together as reporters, and she was a wonderful writer but admits she struggled with her photography skills. But, she knew she loved taking photos, so she tried harder.

Ironically, I knew she had the talent the day we went on a marijuana raid with the Sheriff’s Department. I took some mediocre shots that day, but hers were pretty impressive.

I love it when a plan comes together. Now, all of her dedication and hard work are paying off.

She followed her dream, she didn’t give up, and she perfected the God-given talent that was deep inside of her. That, folks, is how you do it.

The wedding itself couldn’t have been more perfect. Set outdoors on a perfect evening in the country, it was beautiful.

Sunday was equally special as we had brunch with our friends Gary and Katherine visiting from Georgia and longtime friend Ben. It felt like old home week, and I loved every minute.

Time moves on. My sister and I have decided to sell one of dad’s properties. My adopted son Tommy is also a fine real estate agent, and he has listed it for us.

It’s hard to let go of what we know our parents loved, but it is the right thing to do now. I think Daddy would be okay with it now.

Last week we took a drive up to the Avenue of the Giants (the Redwoods). Those big, wonderful wonders of nature never cease to amaze me.

I remember one year that we were bringing our kids to California on vacation and had a plan to show them the Redwoods. All we heard along the way was complaints of wasting our time to go see some dumb trees.

But when we arrived we heard, “Whoa! Look at the size of those things.”

Tom has lived up here for more than 10 years, but he had never driven up to see the trees. He was quite impressed, and we weren’t even at the really big ones. Further up Highway 101, you come to the massive trees. One of these days we’ll venture out a little further.

Meanwhile, we were tourists and took time to drive the car through the Chandelier Tree. Looking at the photos, I realized how close I came to the right inside of the tree. Luckily, I made it without harming the car or the tree.

Don’t forget that this Saturday, Sept. 30, is the annual River Clean-up. If you want to be a part of this volunteer project come on out to the Colusa State Park on Saturday at 9 AM. It’s a fun day.

Meanwhile, life is good today.

— Kathy Craigo-Harteis is a publicist, speaker, and life coach living in Lake County. Contact Kathy Craigo-Harteis at

Kathy Craigo
Kathy Craigo is a publicist, speaker, and life coach. She owns Kathy Craigo Media Consulting in Colusa. Contact Kathy Craigo at