California

I’m from California.

I was born and raised in California. The word California often conjures up images of  palm trees, the Beach Boys, convertibles with the top down. It’s Hollywood or San Francisco, celebrities or liberals, beaches or vineyards. It’s not often that people think of the farms, the cookie-cutter suburban sprawl–but that’s what I mean when I say I was […]

March 5, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from the streets of San Francisco

Wandering in San Francisco on a sunny Friday morning, I stumbled over a Banksy in Chinatown. My day was officially made, and I was reminded of how vivid and joyful the multi-cultural San Francisco streets can be. I’m not usually a huge fan of protecting street art, Banksy or otherwise: the constant evolving of a […]

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Postcard from Chico State

Chico State (officially known as California State University, Chico) is known throughout California as a party school. To be fair, it certainly had its hey-day in the 80s and 90s when it was named the top party school in the nation by Playboy. But since then, it’s become one of the top public institutions in […]

May 31, 2012 Continue reading…

8 (Instagram-ic) things to love about Sacramento

Sacramento is often dismissed as a cow town capital…because it is. The skyline rises out of flat farmland, recently converted to suburbia. It’s not nearly as sophisticated, or liberal, or fashionable as nearby neighbor San Francisco. There’s less traffic, less Botox, less sunshine than Los Angeles. But Sacramento has a certain charm to it, a […]

May 25, 2012 Continue reading…

The beauty of Butte County

“It’s just so beautiful!” I exclaimed, thinking about the endless sky filled with billowing clouds, the wildflowers and orchards lining the one-way stretch of freeway, the stacked layers of the buttes. Grabbing a drink with a former professor, I was still in awe of how beautiful my college town was after three years away. “I […]

May 16, 2012 Continue reading…

Is my heart in San Francisco?

I’ve seen the San Francisco skyline come into view while crossing the Bay Bridge countless times: as a kid, I loved watching for the Alcatraz spotlight and trying to spot the office building where my grandfather worked. Now, I gaze at the city built on seven hills and wonder why I can’t be happy living in […]

April 25, 2012 Continue reading…

Eureka! The California Mix

When I’m traveling and people ask me where I’m from, I say “California.” And no matter where I am in the world, it’s remarkable how many people reply either in song or by exclaiming Hotel California! My friend Rex is the ultimate mix tape master: he created “The Christine Album” for my seventeenth birthday and put […]

March 30, 2012 Continue reading…