local discoveries

A Slower Pace, But Not Stopped

general travel

Well, I haven’t been very active on this blog in the last year and a half. Being in grad school while working has kept me very busy, and much of my recent writing has been focused on education. Despite this being the major focus of my life at the moment, I have managed to still […]

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Be Still for a Moment While the Earth Keeps Spinning

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Lava rocks and ocean at a beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

I have a piece of Pele in my house. It’s a large lava rock that was too tenacious to be removed when they were building the house. So the house was built around it, and they left the rock in the corner as an accent piece. To me, it’s become so normal to have this […]

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Photo Essay: Exploring Oakland in the Spring with Localite Tours

California

On a balmy Sunday morning in March, I crossed the San Francisco Bay to join Localite Tours’ Picnic Tour in Oakland. It was a relaxing day by Lake Merritt and our group got to experience some lovely sights and tastes of springtime Oakland. Here’s what we did: Our first stop was The Gardens at Lake […]

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Music and Wine Where Summer Meets the Harvest Season

California

The Livermore Valley has welcomed us with unexpected pastoral charm. Not too long ago we were on a busy highway, now we are surrounded by acres of grapes that look almost ready to be plucked from their vines. Beyond the fields are the golden hills of California summertime, gently rolling in the distance. There’s a […]

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Those Places You Find in Your Own Backyard

California

“Get ready to travel in your own country,” my friend says cheerfully as she opens the gate for me. “You can blog about this!” Indeed, I step into a new world as I enter the yard. A collector’s world. There are several cars, some functioning, others clearly not. An old Mercedes has its hood propped […]

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On Seeing Dolphins

California

“We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough.  We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” – C.S. Lewis. […]

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Photo Essay: Holiday Healing by the Sea

California

Though the pain that comes from losing a loved one is infinite, the immensity of it does dim with time. But special events and holidays can re-magnify the loss and make you recall simpler, happier days when all of the dining table chairs were full. My mom read somewhere that when a family member dies, […]

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Photo Essay: Have Yourself an Urban Little Christmas

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One night when I was in the Mission District, I decided to take some quick shots of some of the Christmas decorations I came across. There was nothing fancy, but it was charming to see a little bit of holiday color added to windows and sidewalk trees and gated doorways:

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