Old Vines, New Wine Country

The semester has begun, and it’s time to settle in as my husband and I and our sons all fall into school schedule routines. This part of Northern California is a great place to be when I can’t get out and explore farther away. Lodi is one of those local places that I’ve loved getting to […]

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Travel Blogs to Watch in 2015

I hear all the time that travel blogs (or almost any type of blog, really) are a dime a dozen. There are thousands and thousands of travel blogs these days, but if one can look past the sheer quantity, there is so much quality…creative, passionate, talented people reflecting a wonderful diversity of life choices. Here are […]

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Honda Special Moments

If there is one car that is connected to memories from my past, it’s definitely Honda. I learned to drive in a Honda, and then later when my wanderlust took me to San Diego, my dad generously gave me a Honda Civic. After college and after living abroad, I was still restless and made plans […]

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5 Days in San Francisco

When I was a kid, I moved a lot (I mean, A LOT, because my dad was in the Navy). The longest that we stayed in one place was 3.5 years in Connecticut. My mom absolutely loved New York City–just an easy train ride away from our home–and so we went there, over and over. We […]

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The Year Ahead: Art Exhibitions 2015

It’s 2015 and time to set intentions for the year ahead. What types of activities do you hope to include in your free time this year? I’m still focusing on experiences of all sorts, but being around creative work is certainly one of them. When I was young (in my early to mid 20s), I sometimes planned […]

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The Perfect Pre-Holiday Getaway?

I love the holiday season, but it’s also this time of year that I feel most like getting away. After being around 80-ish students every workday of the semester in my “day job,” I yearn for time and space away from home, an escape of sorts from my daily routine. My month-long winter vacation starts […]

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Holiday Gift Guide, 2014

  It’s that time of year again, the time when I vacillate between excitement for holiday traditions + time off and dread at the overspending and overconsumption that the holidays bring. (You can read more about the latter here.) Because I know I’ll be buying gifts and you probably will, too, I’ve curated a holiday gift […]

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48 Hours in Truckee, CA

When something about Truckee appeared in my inbox earlier this fall, I didn’t know much beyond the fact that it must be pretty there–it sits at almost 6000 feet elevation just north of Lake Tahoe. Despite the fact that the name Truckee is frequently heard around here, I’d never heard about visiting Truckee, but once I started […]

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