Name: Lois Richter (=same person as user Lois-Richter)long-time photographer

Mailing address: P.O. Box 7, Davis CA 95617-0007

Phone Number: (530) 902-0209 (cell & text)


KDRT (95.7-FM) show: "That's Life" on Thursdays, 11:00-12:00 noon, repeats once & is also podcasts. Lois interviews local folks about their jobs, passions, travels, interest groups, or upcoming events. Weeks without an interview feature Hawaiian music, ballads, "Golden Oldies" rock, or sometimes poetry or essay reading.

KDRT (95.7-FM): "Davis Garden Show" on Thursdays, noon-1:00 pm, repeats Sat. 9 am and podcast. Lois plays side-kick to plant expert Don Shor on this call-in gardening show. If you ever have a gardening problem or question, this is the place to call! If you prefer email, write to [email protected] (pictures welcome).  If Don can't help you, he can most likely point you in the direction of somebody who can. Davis Garden Show is also archived online (mp3 files) and podcast. See for details and 15 years worth of archived shows.

DCTV (cable channel 15) series: "Thoughtfulness" (formerly Sundays at 5:00pm). Started in the 1990s, this show was to TV what Lois' current show is to radio — an eclectic mix of topics — with the addition of lots of visual playing and activities. Sometimes new live shows were created weekly, often they were on a bi-weekly or monthly shooting schedule. Since 2003, it is no longer being done.

A sub-series on DCTV was "Gardening West of the Causeway" featuring Don Shor — similar to the Davis Garden Show radio program, but with pictures and real plants instead of phone calls. Each month there was at least one season-related gardening show offered.

Personality?: Katie in my lap!

Usually outgoing, occasionally reclusive. Very friendly. Often offers to help in groups and participates fully in meetings. Speaks to strangers and is easily distracted by birds, flowers, kittens, etcetera. Likes to know what the rules are before the game begins. Lois has a passion for learning new things and for sharing what she knows. Always an editor, Lois likes to learn about something and then create a clear presentation to pass that knowledge along.

Strengths: Bright, intense, easily enthused, able to analyze problems and devise solutions, very good with words. A good editor, able to focus and clarify. (Better at doing things NOW than at remembering to contact others later.)

Weaknesses: Makes puns and word plays. Under-exercised. Frequently gets caught up in the moment and loses track of time; needs to use her calendar a lot! Occasionally forgets to go somewhere or is late. Inertia causes her to not go out much unless she's keeping a formal commitment — or is picked up by someone. Perhaps says "Yes" too much at meetings.

Personal History:

Originally surprised at being asked to teach, Lois eventually took on that role in many arenas — leading classes for the ISP, the MacNexus users group, and Davis Community Network; teaching thru DJUSD's Davis Adult School, City of Davis' Senior Center, and UCD's Craft Center; and doing private work as a one-to-one tutor and a small-group corporate instructor. During the life of the ''Internet Users Group (IUG)'', Lois occasionally gave topical presentations (often with co-leader Anne Hance).

Lois leads tours as a Docent for the Arboretum at UCDavis and a volunteer for the Yolo Audubon Society. She and her husband (Jim Drummond) planned to run a birding-connection business after he retired — hence their domain name!

New Current Passion (as of 2016): Mosaic art

Lois was under lots of stress while helping her mother during her final five years (after Mom lost much of her vision and moved back from Oregon to Yolo County). With the help of a mosaic artist friend, Lois discovered the joy of making patterns from little bits of things. Now she does that, makes ceramics, forms wirework and embossed aluminum; and has returned to making ATCs in 2016.

ATC: collage ATC: Lois' digitally-captioned photo

Previous Current Passion (as of 2010): ATCs

ATCs = Artist Trading Cards (aka "Art Cards") = 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" works of art which are created by one person and exchange with another ATC-maker. These little treasures are never sold, only traded (or gifted). Lois worked for six months on the first-ever public ATC Exchange in our region (22 Sept. 2006). It was preceded by three ATC classes in August, a workshop in early September, a Davis Enterprise article, and lots of flyers and announcements. More than 20 people came to the Exchange — most with at least a few cards to trade — and there was enough interest in an ongoing ATC group that two more 2006 swaps were planned and a new club was formed early in 2009. Call Lois for more info about the ATC Exchange Club of Northern California.

ATC: LineArt created from Lois' original photo or a red rose

ATC: in the 'Alphabet' series, ink & water-color pencil

ATC: reduced print of acrylic painting

ATC: collage frame over real photo

ATC: water-color pencil


    Presentations, Teaching, Etc.: Upcoming Events Being a docent for the Arboretum for about 20 years, I annually lead 2-6 tours. Different years, different topics. In January 2009, I did a presentation (slideshow, talk, and birdwalk) that drew the LARGEST group of participants I've ever had! The room was packed. (And so many folks said they regretted missing it, that I did a similar presentation at the Senior Center in March.)

    Asked to repeat this topic for 2010, I present "Birds that Winter in the Arboretum" TWICE ... on October 17 and November 21.

    For 2012, I scheduled "Birds in Davis" (a free slideshow & talk) BOTH at the Senior Center (Tuesday, 31 Jan) /and at Arb HQ Library (Sat., 4 Feb) with a birdwalk following the Saturday presentation. (All events free and public.) Then in 2013, I did another Arb presentation & birdwalk.  Talks have continues annually, even in the hard times. 

    My annual presentation of "Winter Birds" has continued every year since 2009.  For November 2020 thru February 2021, it was given 5 times in zoom meetings instead of in person.  The program is constantly evolving, but the core birds remain the same.

    If you want info about my upcoming birding talks (or art workshops or genealogy presentations or ...), please contact me by phone or text.


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    2010-08-30 21:37:50   Hey Lois, thanks for all your work on the various bird pages! ... there's a feature you might find useful. You can view changes to a page one by one in chronological order. All you have to do is click on the "Info" button at the top of a page, select two of the edits (potentially the first two, versions 1 and 2), and hit the "Compare" button. That'll bring up a page showing you the first edit made to the page after it was created, along with the date of the change and the editor who made it. At the top of that page, you'll find a "next edit" link which'll take you to Version 3 and show the second change, and so on. It's a reasonably good way to track a conversation.

    That said, it's far from perfect. The next version of wiki software, which is in development now, will significantly improve the ability to track and/or join discussions. —TomGarberson

    2010-08-30 22:45:02   ... As for what's 'better' to do, well it really depends what you're doing. If you're going to make a quick change like capitalize a letter, then Quick Edit is perfect. If you're going to do some in depth work like rearranging and restructuring paragraphs, then you'll probably want to do a proper edit.

    For the other, it is definitely better to edit one page, save your changes and then edit another page, though with less used pages (like the birds pages) it probably won't make a difference.

    Having a page open for editing does not prevent other people from editing it, just whoever saves 2nd (or 3rd, etc) has to check the edits of the other person and remove automatically added tags before they can save to prevent people either changing the exact same thing or overwriting someone else's changes by mistake.

    You can also put comments in the bar under the edit window that will tell other people what changes you are making so they don't have to open the page and compare your edit to the old version to find out what has changed. —MasonMurray

    • Just to give you another perspective on this issue — since there are many ways of doing things, and no "rules" other than the ones that editors agree to — in my opinion, it is fine to edit a page a bit at a time, adding new content at each point, as you have been doing. I think the "please remember to preview" issue comes in when people mis-code and don't see it because they forgot to preview, so that rather than each edit adding new content, each edit is trying to do the same thing. I think your edits have been great and I thank you for your contributions!! —CovertProfessor

    2011-11-29 23:33:51   Thanks for your additions to the town history. Much appreciated! —ScottMeehleib