Chi Varnado, a Ramona resident, is a contributing writer for The San Diego Reader. Her memoir, “A CANYON TRILOGY: Life Before, During and After the Cedar Fire,” as well as her children’s book “The Tale of Broken Tail,” are available on Amazon. Chi is working on a novel set in her father’s Mississippi homeland. Her collection of essays, Quail Mutterings, appear in the Ramona Sentinel and on Ramona Patch. Visit Chi at Facebook.com/GnomeWoodCanyon for more information and updates.