Whether you call it snowbrush, red root, or tobacco brush, Ceanothus velutinus is abundant in the higher California mountains. Now that its fragrant white flowers have gone for the season, the shrub prepares for its long winter’s nap.
We don’t always leave the past in the past. It sometimes creeps up and haunts us in our present. Truckee’s Leticia Aguilar, owner of Lety’s Preschool and Daycare, used the past as fuel for action rather than letting it paralyze her.