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Ediza Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness

Wilderness Backpacking in California

After starting the new year off right in Big Sur, Shane and I wanted to continue exploring California’s backcountry, but at a more intense level. I certainly recommend Big Sur as a stop-off on your trip down the California 1, though it may be a tad overrated as a destination in and of itself. While […]

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Running Around Spain

I’ve been “running around Spain” in the literal sense, actually- I’ve been in Spain since Saturday, and I was dedicated enough to bring my running shoes, along with my portable Manduka yoga mat. This has indeed been a perfect yoga mat for travel. It is about 2 pounds and folds nicely on top of itself […]

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American India Foundation (AIF) Youth Summit

Dear Savvy Readers! I apologize for not having written in a while. School, with all the students’ end of year goings-on, does in fact get really busy towards the end of the year, and unfortunately one of my favorite activities, that is, blogging, got left and neglected at the bottom of the to-do list. I’ve […]

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Photo by Ruth Housenbold

Mi Pueblo Supermercado

My favorite teaching experiences have always been those in which I get to bring my students into a culturally immersive environment. Earlier this month, my 6th grade Spanish students and I went along with their moms to Mi Pueblo supermarket in East Palo Alto. (There is also a location in Mountain View.) We rode our school […]

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Girl Rising (PG-13): An Impetus for Social Entrepreneurship

Last week my students in 7th and 8th grade Girls’ Leadership Club hosted their second annual movie night, raising awareness surrounding modern women’s issues around the globe with their presentation of Girl Rising. I am always so proud of these girls, whether they’re hosting a summer children’s camp in rural Costa Rica or spending their Friday night […]

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My first metal smithing creation!

Workshop SF

Months ago out at dinner I asked my friend Katey where she got her amazing copper earrings. She had finished making them that very afternoon at the end of a two-weekend intro to jewelry-making series at Workshop. I had never heard of Workshop and was entertained by its name. Workshop on McAllister and Baker just […]

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Happy New Year in Big Sur

Last week Shane and I drove down to Big Sur to start the new year off right. It was just like the good ‘ol days when we lived in his Chevy S-10 pickup truck! Except this time we were testing out my new (used) Honda CR-V. After all, I got an SUV to support our […]

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Taxco, Mexico vs San Francisco, CA: Celebration of the New Year

Dear family, friends and amazing audience of readers, Dec. 31 is my favorite day of the year, because it’s New Year’s Eve AND my birthday, so I generally find that people are pretty jolly on the day that I am trying to be happy about everything, too. Life changes a lot in one year. Exactly […]

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Flight Behavior: A Beautiful Butterfly Trapped in the Wrong Place

Last year on New Year’s Eve- my birthday- Shane and I were in Angangueo, in Michoacan, Mexico. Our Mexico road trip just so happened to coincide with the yearly migration of the monarch butterflies. It’s hard to notice them at first, but in this next picture you’ll see that the dark shapes on the trees […]

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Treasure Island flea: the heart and soul of San Francisco

Thinking back on my travels throughout many countries, the marketplace stands out in my mind as the most robust source of cultural information- Guatemala has Chichicastenango, Mexico City has Bazaar Sábado, Cape Town has Green Market Square, and here in San Francisco, we have Treasure Island flea. If we define culture as the food, dress, […]

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