Taken by my husband with my camera in my Templeton garden in 2013, © Barbara Radisavljevic

What the photo says about me

This photo captures several aspects of my life. I live in a region of vineyards and tasting rooms in Paso Robles, California. This photo was taken a year before we moved there when we still lived in the midst of wine country, surrounded by vineyards in Templeton.

This is ten…

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Poison oak leaves in summer and autumn, author photo, © Barbara Radisavljevic, 2012, modified 2021

Poison oak is everywhere in California’s open spaces

It may even be in your local park or your own yard. I could have taken the lead photo almost anywhere during the summer or fall. Most likely I took it on my Templeton property, where it is abundant in all its forms. In this photo, its red alert is…

Me, at the age of 72, five years ago. Photo taken by my husband in our front yard

What’s the first thing you visualize when you contemplate getting old? Is it physical signs of aging? Wrinkles, saggy skin, gray hair, and maybe even losing an inch of height? As you can see above, all that happened to me. …

Image by Felix Lichtenfeld from Pixabay, modified by author

Dear Medium Newbie,

Welcome to my favorite online writing and blogging platform. Everyone has an equal opportunity to be successful here, but not every Medium writer defines or experiences success the same way. Along my way, I’ve read a lot of advice. Some has been from longtime successful members. …

Collage of the aspects of my life I write about
Collage created by © Barbara Radisavljevic from her photos related to writing topics

Medium’s new profile design has made older evergreen articles harder to find. Who wants to scroll randomly down a profile to find a topic of interest? I’ve tried to make my profile easier to navigate by indexing my articles by category. …

Collage of photos by author, created on PicMonkey, © Barbara Radisavljevic

Each photo in the collage above represents something or someone very important to me

Counter-clockwise from the top left :

  • Conversations with artists are common in the artists’ studios at Studios on the Park in Downtown Paso Robles. It’s one of my favorite places to keep up with local artists and their work.
  • My neighborhood. My house is across the street from the large…

Spring Street and 15th in Paso Robles, California. Notice the sidewalk and curbs end on this side of the alley. Author photo © Barbara Radisavljevic

While my husband was having implant surgery yesterday, I walked the block of the oral surgeon’s office to take pictures while waiting to drive him home. Although I took around eighty photos, I choose these because they show so many contrasts in one block. …

Where it happened, author photo © Barbara Radisavljevic

An ounce of prevention, as they say, is better than a pound of cure

I probably could have prevented my fall last weekend. I’ll spare you the details of how this room got so cluttered, but part of it had to do with my husband’s broken neck earlier this year, which also could have been prevented. …

From Croad Vineyard, October 2011, author photo © Barbara Radisavljevic

One of my favorite forms of exercise is walking through the vineyards that belong to my neighbors. Martin Croad, who owns Croad Vineyards in Paso Robles, is my back fence neighbor. He has welcomed me into his vineyards to take pictures and make videos during harvest or any other time…

Paso Robles is where you find tall oaks and electric wires competing for views. © Barbara Radisavljevic


I’ve had to skip some weeks for health reasons, but did want to share my almost complete week. I had to skip September 29 because I wasn’t well enough to be up. Most of the week I was also confined to my own neighborhood.

On September 24 I went to…

Barbara Radisavljevic

Christian, bereaved adoptive mom, blogger, amateur nature photographer, voracious reader. Married 57 years. Central Coast of California. https://barbrad.com

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