Judith Baron of Paso Robles says it’s never too late to try something new. The sentiment follows a series of impromptu life choices Baron has made over the last seven decades based on listening to herself, following her instincts and making changes even when she was met with the unknown

Original article here. Published Oct. 23, 2015 Sixteen years ago, when Judith Baron was 57 years old, she saw a magazine ad about horses for sale in Paso Robles, prompting her to move there on a whim after devoting three decades to an architectural and interior design career in San Francisco. Now at age 73, Baron has taken up violin, piano and cello lessons and immersed herself in a whole new community — symphony and music. Looking back, she says…

Published Nov. 26, 2014  This Thanksgiving, the Skelton family of Arroyo Grande is weighing the profound worry of losing their 5-month-old daughter, Charlie, with the absolute gratitude of having her in their lives. On July 1, Charlie was born with half a heart. Her condition, called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, is a rare congenital birth defect where the heart’s left side never formed, or formed improperly. It’s estimated to occur in one in every 4,344 births, according to the Centers…

Published: May. 28, 2012 LaVonne Rae and Don Welsh of Templeton are unearthing a mystery. They believe a vintage car, maybe from the 1940s, is buried in a creek near their house. So far, their only guiding clue is the cool reflective gleam of a chrome bumper attached to something buried deep into the ground, with thick tree roots twisting around it. “I think it’s been here a long time,” LaVonne Rae Welsh said as she fitted her small hands…

Published: Aug. 07, 2012 When Paso Robles resident Mercedes Becerra learned last month that she had just won a trip to outer space, she didn’t believe it. “I’m just so wowed,” the 35-year-old stay-at-home mom told The Tribune recently. “I get to go to space and see the view and tell the kids that I got to see this beautiful creation … I’ll definitely be appreciative of that beautiful scene.” Becerra scored the golden ticket, which normally retails for $95,000,…

Published: July, 22, 2012 (Published here) Vivian Robertson believes details matter. In the early morning hours before the California Mid-State Fair opened Wednesday, signs stacked atop the stone wall at the Main Grandstand entrance, cocktail tables missing from the grandstand skybox and dirt-packed tree planters bare of red woodchips immediately caught her eye. “When it comes to that fairground, she knows everything. She walks with the electricians, she checks the landscaping — she’s on the ground and she’s hands-on,” longtime…