The Steinbeck Connection

This article was published by in February 2020. I originally wrote the piece back in 2010 and revised it for the most recent publication. It is written in honor of artist Betty Guy, who had a short but powerful impact on my life, inspiring me to always greet new characters with a welcoming smile … Continue reading The Steinbeck Connection

An Unexpected Chapter

Historic homes have a multitude of obstacles to contend with in the best of times. Their limited resources are often spread thin, covering everything from house repairs and renovations to ever-changing advances in technology. In a world where interest in history seems to be waning, the often-underpaid and overworked staff at these iconic sites work … Continue reading An Unexpected Chapter

Portland’s Legacy: The Pittock Mansion

The light changes by the moment, filtered through quickly moving clouds that bring a fickle combination of rain and breaking sun. The grand stairway darkens as droplets patter at the windows. Through the hall just opposite, bright rays perfectly illuminate the gilded music room. The majestic old home bathes in the changing light, as it … Continue reading Portland’s Legacy: The Pittock Mansion

Tattered pages, inspiring words

From Where I Sit: In the Vineyards of Napa Valley > Published in the UCDavis College of Letters & Science Alumni Magazine, Spring 2014 > PDF Article The beauty here in Napa Valley astounds me. As I drive down Highway 29 through Napa, making my way through lush vineyards, I feel lucky to call this … Continue reading Tattered pages, inspiring words