Articles & Essays
Kelp, Uni & Abalone
I've been writing about uni and kelp for some time now. My article for Vice, California Gold: The Uni Dynasty of Mendocino County precedes the kelp crises on the California Coast, which I covered for Edible Marin & Wine Country in the article Urchin Explosion.
And the BBC article Feeding the Urchins Off California
Love, Math & Brunello di Montalcino
What do love, math and wine have in common? Some are living, some aren't. The more natural the wine, the more biologically diverse the soil, the more alive it is, from field to cellar.
Published in Gastronomica, spring 2021
Ceviche In Variations
his was originally published July 2018 in the 4th issue of Kitchen Work a print quarterly journal about what and how we eat. This piece resulted from my time as a Storyteller-In-Residence at the Cayuga Resorts, Latitude 10, which was organized by Coffee Abroad. The theme was “Food with Philosophy.” I am very grateful to all the above for this experience.
For three years I was on contract with Sunset Magazine to come up with ideas for the Best of the West and write them up. I also wrote the occasional feature for them. Like this one, on DIY mavens.
Burning Many Love in Everyday Life
here’s an adage that you should never make major life decisions right after Burning Man. Once back in your “default life,” wait three months before moving in with the man you met atop a giant rubber duck art car, quitting your job in tech to become a trapeze artist, or getting a shark tattoo. This is considered enough time for the exhilaration of spontaneous love, boundless possibilities, and radical self-expression to subside.
I live in an intertidal zone. During low tide, herons peck in channels running through the thick, oily mud. Around the docks, a one-legged gull and brazen snowy egret are unafraid of the dogs that step outside to howl at the occasional raccoon or the cats fighting for territory on the docks. Skeletons of old docks still cling to the mud, relics of WWII boat building days. During the war, 20,000 people worked round the clock. They built Liberty ships faster than the Germans could sink them. After the war ended, people stayed on the water in Sausalito. They had nowhere else to go, so they lived rafted up in the wake of the Liberty Ships.
Tahoe wildfire burn scars spur latest California gold rush for morel mushroom foragers
Explosions of morels in this forest and other burned areas of California are creating a new kind of gold rush, luring commercial and recreational mushroom hunters from around the state. They are hiking up mountainsides, searching the forest understory and peering into burned-out root pits to find these toothsome fungi.
I love learning about plant medicines- including cannabis. For so long they have been reviled by our government and so we are just starting to learn about the benefits they have. These articles explore some of the new research.
This is Your Brain on Weed, published by Neo.Life- now proto.life.
And Wine Country Gets Kind published in Edible Marin and Wine Country
Anthologies My Work Has Been Featured In
January 2000 - February 2005