Bartering is alive and well

When you were a kid, did you trade the peanut butter and jelly sandwich in your sack lunch for someone else's baloney sandwich? Or maybe you agreed to do a house chore for your older sister in exchange for riding her bike. When I was a starving college student, I agreed to do a fellow... Continue Reading →

Meet my BFF: America the Beautiful Pass

If you're an outdoors person and regularly use our wonderful federal lands for recreation and exploration, then you are probably familiar with the America the Beautiful pass. For $80, this annual pass gives the holder recreational access to public lands managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish... Continue Reading →

Often, it's the small things in life that are the sweetest. Like my neighbor's furbaby kitten. Or a chance encounter in the supermarket checkout line with a former colleague I haven't seen in 10+ years. There's also the quiet afternoon of reading on a rainy day. Or a spontaneous happy hour date with my sweetie.... Continue Reading →

Hing Hay Park appeals to me in so many ways. A fusion of languages. East meets West. Old World merges with New World. Active and passive space. Welcoming. Having grown up with two cultures--Japanese and American--this park is special to me. I see faces that remind me of my mother, her family and friends. I... Continue Reading →

Sunday morning

I wandered outside as night turned to day.  It was raining, the wind blew lightly and the black-capped chickadees called out to each other.  A refreshing start to my Sunday and I share it with you!  (You will need to go to the post to listen to the video)  

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