My Grandmother


My grandmother’s name is Jeanette Waston, and she has always been a huge force in my life.

It’s not just me though.

She has influenced a lot of people in amazing ways.

She wrote a book called The Orchard City about her hometown, Campbell California. It’s a wonderful chronicle of her town and our family’s history there.


In addition, she was the mayor of Campbell for many years, during which time she helped raise the money to move the Ainsley House (above) from San Jose to downtown Campbell where it could be preserved for its historic value, and become a museum.

She was involved in a lot of really wonderful projects. Another beautiful example is the Campbell Heritage Theater (below). The building used to be her school when she was young, and she worked hard to turn it into a museum.


I am so proud to be her granddaughter, and I am so thankful for her influence in my life. Being able to share beautiful moments with her has helped me to understand how government works, and that there is no limit to what a woman can do.

Our last adventure to Sedona was a lot of fun, and as I am thinking of her today, I thought I would share a picture of her, and share how lucky I feel to know her.


Sedona Adventure

Sedona is beautiful. You should check it out.

Sedona is one of those places that really makes you feel that cool wonder-feeling. We are tiny people and the earth has things like The Grand Canyon, The Painted Desert, and Sedona which remind us how small we really are in relation to nature. The rock formations in Sedona are huge, and pictures can’t accurately convey what it feels like to stand next to them.

One of the rock formations in Sedona

My visit to Arizona in June was composed of several small trips with several wonderful people. One such person was Jeanette Watson, who happens to be my grandmother. In this picture, she is standing next to a Catalpa tree in a shopping center in Sedona.

Jeanette Watson

In the town, there are some neat things to see. For example, a very small but very nifty Catholic Church resides in the side of one of the red rock formations.

Church on the Rock

Our destination was just outside of town in a box canyon, at a place called Enchantment Resort. The main thing I have to say about this place is, the food is top-shelf. Everything there is really, really out of my price range. As with many things that are expensive, it is a very classy and high-quality place.


The views are really breath-taking everywhere in Sedona. However, there’s something particularly neat about being inside of one. That is an experience Enchantment resort provides.

Grandma on the deck looking at the view

Of course, the décor is old-west. I happen to like the style myself, though my vegan friends might cringe at the cow-skin rugs or the mirror rimed in antlers.

My reflection in antler mirror

It was a delightful trip though, as Sedona always is for me.

Grandma looking down at Oak Creek Canyon

On the way home, we took a detour though Oak Creek Canyon to appreciate the beautiful views. At the top of the canyon there is a nice “scenic vista” point where you can take pictures and buy Native American crafts. I highly recommend you stop there. And, just past that is Flagstaff, which has all kinds of delightful places to eat.