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BACKSTORY: The World of Alpacas, Wool, and Weaving

April 23, 2013 |

I love my job. Until I started working as a journalist, writing was a way for me to make sense of the world and my place in it.  As an emotion-centric person, I tend to feel my way through life. … Read More

BACKSTORY: Angie Elsbury

March 11, 2013 |

Angie Elsbury is the first person I’ve ever known to whip out her cell phone to share photos of raw meat.  If I hadn’t met her and sat down with her a number of times, I would be frightened by … Read More

BACKSTORY: Hands-On High Schools

March 5, 2013 |


One Wednesday morning in mid-February, I accompanied Ellie Vandiver on her rounds as she checked in on her high school seniors who are doing career and technical education internships at various local hospitals.  I know it’s probably demeaning to … Read More

BACKSTORY: San Diego Public Market

March 5, 2013 |

My friend Beans is a gourmet cook.  Last Christmas, she made a seafood casserole and a holiday pudding that had to be steamed for four to five hours.  Another year, she made white wine sangria, honey poached pears with a … Read More

Temporary TV Fame

February 13, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader February 13, 2013.)

Michael Binkow stands onstage in the event room at Valley View Casino wearing a headset, gray jeans, and a black zip-up jacket. A seven-piece band stands quietly at stage … Read More

Hasno Ali

February 7, 2013 | 2

(Originally posted in the San Diego Reader February 6, 2013.)

On a warm Sunday afternoon in late September, the San Diego Public Market teems with socially responsible shoppers toting reusable bags.

A crowd of eight to ten people … Read More


February 7, 2013 |

From looking at the travel brochures, one would never guess that San Diego has the second largest population of Somalians in the country.  City Heights is heavily populated with East Africans from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, and Sudan as well as … Read More

BACKSTORY: Milton the Barber

February 1, 2013 |

Milton changed my life (specifically my writing life) in two ways.

One: He made me tougher.  The man was intimidating, and he meant to be.  I had two choices: suck it up or flee.  I chose to suck it up, … Read More

BACKSTORY: Andrea Steorts

January 31, 2013 | 2

When I first contacted Andrea Steorts for a story on local Kickstarter campaigns, she was approximately $1000 away from her $6000 goal. By the time we met in person a few days later, she was $765 over and was giddy with … Read More

Breast milk’s not on the menu

January 24, 2013 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader January 23, 2013)

On Sunday, December 2, Jamie Boyd and Joseph Taylor met at Felix’s Restaurant in Lincoln Park to eat dinner and to swap their children to Mom (Boyd) after a weekend … Read More