These books really stack up

Another post about books? Yup. I love books. I read books. I love flipping through their pages. I’ve made books. I’m credited in books. I’ve been encouraged to write a book. I have friends who work with books for a living as librarians, teachers, editors, conservator
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And it happens to me

It may come as a refreshing surprise to learn that I am not immune to impulsive purchases. The most common are farmer-generated and occur at outdoor markets year-round (at least here in the San Francisco Bay Area). Visually inspiring and delicious, veggies and fruits often lead to imp
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Blooming in a D.I.Y. kind of way

One of the happiest joys and honors is an invitation to witness friends unite their lives. As a natural observer and sometimes documentarian, my eyes are always drawn to the quiet details that make each event so unique. In recent years, I’ve notice a proclivity to incorporate in
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I thought I knew what “quilt” meant

A long ago discarded pair of pants are hanging over my desk. Well, that’s partially true. To be precise, parts of my pants and parts of two other peoples’ pants are hanging over my desk in a wall warming creation called The Traveling Elephant Quilt. The elephants are parad
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How to recycle the years gone by

Time was up. I could no longer defer the inevitable: I had some outdated wall calendars that I was unable to part with. Keeping them any longer was ridiculous, but recycling them meant discarding something I felt was not disposal-worthy. What was an organizer girl to do?
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A shoe fetish for the holidays

From a distance, it looks just like any other bedecked Christmas tree. But this one, residing in the back room adjacent to my neighbor’s kitchen, is a little different from the one in the living room. (Yes, she has two.) You have to get close to see what I mean. This tree is apt
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Reminiscing about “paper or plastic?”

“Paper or plastic?” may soon be obsolete…at least in California. On June 2, the California State Assembly passed a bill (AB 1998) to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. The bill goes to the Senate later this month, and if it passes, the golden state will become the first in th
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She’s got the whole world in her hand

It’s a world that brings joy, but it will cause pain if handled without care. This world is made of a crayon-marked crumpled piece of paper gingerly held together by straight pins and a rubber band-as-equator. A hand-drawn American flag impaled by a toothpick marks the location of the
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A trashy tour

Do you ever wonder what happens to your trash? A year ago, my curiosity led me to sign up for one of the monthly tours of San Francisco Recycling & Disposal Solid Waste Transfer and Recycle Central. Despite the threat of rain canceling the tour, me and my equally inquisitive partn
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Community art show at 18 Reasons

Food, community, art. Oh wait, the sign reads the reverse: art, community, food. Either way you say it, my heartstrings, soulstrings, and stomachstrings are tugged and dance with glee. For the next couple of weeks, the 18th Street Corridor Community Show at 18 Reasons offers a wonderf
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