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Where Sunrise is Celebration: Seririt, Indonesia

Half way around the globe from my home in the San Francisco Bay Area, I found a village that knows how to wake up. In Seririt on Bali’s north coast, I stayed at retreat perched upon a hillside overlooking rice fields and the ocean. This was the perfect place to experience sunrise in Seririt, which…

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100 Sober Days

On April 22nd, my husband, a friend, and I took on the challenge of not drinking for 100 days that ended with July 31st’s blue moon. Here are 10 things that came to light: 1.  It was easy and enjoyable! 2.  There is a huge opening in the market for a non-alcoholic drink to complement…

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A Pilgrimage to Hiroshima

“Pilgrims are persons in motion, passing through territories not their own, seeking something we might call completion, or perhaps the word clarity will do as well, a goal to which only the spirit’s compass points the way.” – Richard R. Niebuhr During WWII, my great grandmother “Obachan” was a widow raising three daughters in Hiroshima, home…

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Alaska: Tatshenshini & Alsek River Adventure

Dave and I just returned from a truly memorable trip to Alaska rafting the Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers over 8 days.  Dave has been into rafting since his late teens, and I am very grateful that he’s followed this passion so far to be skillful enough to take the two of us on adventures like this…

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Who Moves to Wine Country and Quits Drinking Wine?

I do. Well, I did. For 100 days. A year full of celebration and change made for plenty of reasons to raise a glass. Moving?  Cheers!  Sad about moving?  It’s okay.  Live in wine country?  Go tasting!  Getting married; got married? Cheers, and cheers again! Heading straight on into another wedding season (friends’ weddings, not my…

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On Being an Athlete, Again

Growing up, I was an athlete, and that was a fact.  Blowing bubbles in the bathtub turned into swim lessons that turned into record-breaking relay teams by age six.  At eight, that relay team was nicknamed the “8-and-under wonders,” and by age ten, we prepped our faces with neon Zinka “war paint” and yelled at…

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On Being the New Girl

After a three day solo-with-my-dog getaway to Mendocino, I came home to this blog waiting to be written. With my husband away for the week, upon returning to the silent guest cottage studio we currently call home, loneliness welled up from my belly and spilled out into tears. This blog is on being the new girl.  I write…

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When Women Gather

Without question, women are seeking and finding new forums in which to gather. After simply too many years of television housewife cat fights, airbrushed beauty campaigns, and female leaders pit against one another, we are saying: Enough. It’s gone too far. After too many of us have bypassed our needs and desires to please, to…

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Big Dream in a Hotel Pequeño

“La Bohemia is much more than a hotel. It is the story of our life, our love and our adventure.” – Erin Hayes Wheelwright, Co-Creator of La Bohemia Baja After meeting in Santa Barbara a half decade ago, Andy and Erin Wheelwright quickly discovered a shared passion adventuring – at the Hollister Ranch, through the…

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Moving & Choosing {love}

I refresh my email, Instagram and Facebook in that order and stare out the window contemplating where I can get a glass of crisp white wine on this warm winter day – somewhere preferably with a water view. Escape sounds so much more appealing than writing. For this recovering perfectionist, revealing the process, the unfinished,…

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