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Airplanes, Instagram, and Digging Deep

March 19, 2017 | 2

Yesterday I had the afternoon to myself. The idea was to grab a sandwich (Turkey 2, no onion) at Influx on Broadway and eat it at Golden Hill Park. Then I planned to write.

My writing coach, a brilliant woman … Read More

Scared of Social Media (and Doing it Anyway)

March 12, 2017 |

Last week, I participated in my first ever webinar. I used to hate the word “webinar” because I didn’t know what it was, and I’m sometimes (almost always) afraid of techy-sounding things. Today, I love the word “webinar,” and I’m … Read More

Press 1 for Spanglish

June 3, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader June 3, 2015)

My friend Pati has lived in San Diego County for 25 years and has never been to Balboa Park. On a Tuesday afternoon in March, … Read More

Not that horrible woman from the Reader!

May 13, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader May 13, 2015.)

When I open the door to Room 315, I receive a standing ovation from kids I’ve never met before. They stand around clusters of desks, … Read More

Give me the pills and nobody gets hurt

April 1, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader April 1, 2015.)

At around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, a man in a blue hoodie, brown beanie, jeans, and work boots walked into a La Jolla CVS, and … Read More

The visionary behind the Help Neil Catch Fish Foundation

March 4, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader March 4, 2015.)

Keith Berkley wants to share his lobster with me. And by “share his lobster with me” I mean, he wants me to witness the bay-to-table journey of … Read More

Pennies an Hour

January 21, 2015 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader January 21, 2015.)

In April 2013, Ryan Grainger and Bobby Sullivan found themselves faced with a particular First World problem at Coachella. The then-20- and 19-year-old University of … Read More

I’m Judo Math Dude

December 31, 2014 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader December 31, 2014.)

Annette Wilson stands in front of her sixth-grade class wearing a Karate Kid–style bandana tied around her forehead. She explains to her students at Vista Innovation … Read More

Door-to-door fraudsters steal local nonprofit’s identity

December 10, 2014 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader December 10, 2014.)

Around 7:00 p.m. on a Thursday evening in October, San Diego resident J. Turco opened his front door to a man selling candy on behalf of a youth … Read More

The Pink Wrap Dress That Changed My Life

November 19, 2013 |

(Originally published in Elle magazine, October 2013.)


Pink, fitted, and four times as expensive as any item I’d ever bought, the Monah Li dress was everything my mother had raised me to resist.

I had to have it.

Although … Read More