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Twelve years ago, around the time photographer Matthew Carden and food stylist Jennifer Carden got married, they kicked around the idea of opening an art gallery that would combine their passions for art and food. "We even reserved a URL back then. I think it was FoodIsArt.com, " says Matthew, who was photographing cookbooks and catalogs at the time.

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There's no detail too small for celebrated chef Thomas Keller. That's why dining at his Michelin-starred restaurants - French Laundry, Bouchon and Per Se - isn't just about the cuisine, it's about the details. From the decor to the garnish to the plate it's served on, everything has a purpose, and a place, in Keller's worldview. Some would ascribe this laser-focus attention to detail to work ethic, but that would be too simplistic.

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Q: I know you usually write about plants, but I'm hoping you can help me. I have heard that lead has been discovered in chicken eggs produced in Berkeley backyards. Is it at dangerous levels? I have several laying hens in San Francisco and wonder if this is something I should worry about. A: It is true that lead, a heavy metal toxic to humans, has been found in both chickens and eggs raised in urban settings.

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Q: My otherwise healthy 15-year-old male poodle mix is suddenly experiencing incontinence. He's house-trained and has always used the doggy door, but is now having accidents (not just dribbles but full puddles) en route to the door. What shall I do? A: There are many causes of urinary accidents such as the ones you describe in an older dog, most of which can be managed with medication or lifestyle changes.

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Sixteen years ago, a neighbor appeared at Rayne Wolfe's door holding a Jack Russell terrier. Citing three little boys younger than 7 and a pending divorce, she begged Wolfe to take the family pet. "You love dogs. I see you walking your dogs all the time. He'd fit right in, " she said with tears in her eyes." How could Wolfe say no? Actually, the timing was perfect.

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Q: Exactly when does a home-improvement job require a permit? If I do a job that requires a permit and I don't get one, am I in trouble even if I don't get caught? A: Most finish work and ordinary repairs can be done without permits. These are too numerous to list, and different jurisdictions have different rules, but examples would be window and door replacement, cabinets and countertops, paint and siding, some fences and retaining walls.

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  • Avatar Tim B How do I build a Japanese rock garden?
    Jun 11, 2010 by Tim B | Posted in Garden & Landscape

    I am referring to the ones where people use the rakes to create ripple designs that encircle larger rocks, and create ripple designs at the edges of the garden.

    I need to know the following things:

    What materials are needed to build such a garden?

    If it takes up an entire backyard, how much would the cost be estimated at?

    • Special permits?
      No - as long as it's not polluting, damaging or hurting others and it isn't a hazard. (ie: fire, flood)

      Depends on how much you want to spend.

      You w …om is flat to lie on the sand.

      With the above you can make this
      is nicer cause it has some green
      EVERGREEN plants which will always stay green and avoid plants which are bare in the winter.