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Finished My Novel & Best New Zealand Photos

Big news!

I finally completed my novel. It’s an 83,000-word historical fiction story entitled, THE PAINTER OF THE BARBARY COAST. It took years to research, write and rewrite, so I’m hoping it resonates with readers. I’ve already begun pitching it to literary agents.

Here’s a quick summary of what it’s about:

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SF Giants World Series 2014 Parade

Photos from the 2014 SF Giants World Series Victory Parade

Orange October comes to a glorious end for our beloved SF Giants with a classic confetti-filled parade. Led by mascot Lou Seal, the 2014 World Series champs slowly (slowly) made their way down Market Street amidst a sea of adoring baseball fans. With three World Series wins in the past five years, San Francisco was more than prepared to host a proper homecoming celebration. The parade ended at Civic Center with a televised ceremony.

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Trees at Dhamma Manda Northern California Meditation Center

I Went to a Vipassana Meditation Center for my Birthday and Survived

A jealous sigh of “oh mah gawd, that sounds relaxing” was the common response when I told people I was heading to Kelseyville for a meditation retreat at the Northern California Vipassana Center (Dhamma Manda) over my birthday. I had to explain it would be an intense 10 days of meditating from 4:30 am to 9 pm, living without our phones, the Internet and any contact with the outside world, including access to new episodes of Game of Thrones (but thankfully also all overzealous Game of Thrones tweets and Facebook posts — the universe has a way of balancing things out).

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Aquatic Park Sunset with Golden Gate Bridge

Fisherman’s Wharf by Night: Aquatic Park Sunset to Pier 39 After Dark

It was one of those rare San Francisco days when the approach of sunset didn’t also mean the onset of obliterating coldness. The hottest days in this city yield the most magical warm evenings, luring locals to the waterfronts to take in what would otherwise be environments far too frigid for relaxation.

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Dunes Beach in Half Moon Bay

A Magical Day in Half Moon Bay

When I was little, our school took us to Half Moon Bay, a coastal town 23 miles south of San Francisco along Highway 1, for the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. All I remember was standing in a field of orange globes with a bunch of other students, each of us searching for our ideal one. All the other kids took home big pumpkins, while I selected one much smaller. Maybe it was laziness, but I like to think I found value in the less desirable pick, the diamond in the rough, the scrappy upstart of a squash… No, definitely laziness.

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Golden Gate Bridge at night in the rain

Golden Gate Park & the Golden Gate Bridge in the Rain

San Francisco is one of the most magical cities in the world. It’s even more magical in the rain, should one be so brave to endure it. Here are some photos from two of SF’s most popular attractions, Golden Gate Park and the Golden Gate Bridge, in the rain, exhibited for your convenience so you can stay warm and dry while still experiencing the mystery.

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Grand Opening of the New Muka in Hayes Valley (and Photos)!

Grand Opening of Muka in San Francisco - Illuminated Bar at Night

Last Friday marked the opening of Muka, a French restaurant and wine bar formerly located under the Alliance Française de San Francisco, at its new location at 370 Grove St. in Hayes Valley.

Situated a block from the beginning of the main drag of Hayes Street (near the corner of Absinthe, Dobb’s Ferry, Chez Maman) and just down the street from notable San Francisco attractions (SF Symphony, SF Opera), the new location is certainly more convenient for most. And while it’s farther away from where I live, the new spot is great because it offers more space and much more natural sunlight than a lounge that’s located underground. Continue reading “Grand Opening of the New Muka in Hayes Valley (and Photos)!”

A Recap of Trendy Lime’s JETLAG 26 at the Clift Hotel in SF

Photo of Trendy Lime's JETLAG 26 at Clift Hotel by Damien Miller of Sapient Studios

Fashion. Travel. Fancy underpants. These were just some of the themes present at Trendy Lime’s JETLAG 26, held last Wednesday at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. The hotel’s lounge, The Redwood Room, was sealed off for this chic charity event, benefitting the Academy of Friends, an organization that raises funds for care services and educational programs for those at risk of HIV/AIDS. Continue reading “A Recap of Trendy Lime’s JETLAG 26 at the Clift Hotel in SF”