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Q&A: Afton Love on landscape, beeswax and home

Afton Love is an Oakland-based artist who works with graphite, beeswax and tracing paper to create large-scale portraits of rock-laden landscapes and intimate studies of the cracks and crevices in between. She’s also my sister, but I swear I’m not biased when I say that her work is awe-inspiring, larger than life — even as it depicts massive […]

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The Art of Staying Still

There is something to silence, something to solitude and the sustainment of a state of being that lulls a mind into its quiet nooks and rifts, cocooning thoughts into circuitous notions and immovable meditations. To be fixed, fastened and pinned to one place can make a body move slow and make the wandering heart crave… something. Anything. To simply […]

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[FRAGMENT] Worn Stories

I’ve written before about Istanbul and about my body becoming home when home was thousands of miles away. But I recently wrote a little essay about the shoes that got me across that city and across my fears of loneliness, and it was published by the very cool blog/project, Worn Stories, which was also published as […]

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Detroit Story

Everyone has a story. Lives are understood through the narratives built by the facts of existence. My life is my story, built of childhood and bad dreams and loved ones and inspiration. But lives are not lived by the living alone. There are lives in the events that unfold over time, lives in the objects we surround ourselves with and […]

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Bolinas

Today, like most days, the world is in some kind of turmoil: bombs in Thailand, toxic rivers in North Carolina, toxic rivers in Colorado, explosions in China, thirsty sinking land in a burning California, interracial unrest, stock market slumps. To escape the bombardment of bad news is a feat reserved for the weary and the restless, those […]

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Notion

Water & Blue

I recently became consumed with the color blue, gathering all my blue things together into little arrangements — stacks of blue books, collections of blue jars and vessels, blue flower pots prominently placed, sleeping between blue sheets, craning my neck to see the blue of the bay. Friday night the sky grew a blue moon. And Friday night […]

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[FRAGMENT] Summer Rain

Today I woke up to rain. Or, at the very least, an excuse for rain in this drought-ridden California. Light drops fell in a hazy sheet from the gray sky, dirt turning dark and vibrant. It didn’t last long, but for those few hours I was transported to a different time and place. I left […]

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The Pure Accident of Home

I was born to a divot of open land, partially swallowed by blackberry bushes and sloping forest, bookended by tall canyon walls on the edge of the hot central valley in northern California. In the summer, the earth was brown and yellow, a swath of dust and spindly star thistle; in the winter, a potent […]

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Q&A: Alice Driver on home and the nomadic life

Alice Driver is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and traveler. I first discovered her work when I read her piece, “My Own Trap,” a moving mediation on creativity, personal history and home. It spoke to me on every level and I’ve followed her work since, finding a kindred spirit of sorts. There’s so much to say about […]

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Q&A: Cheri Lucas Rowlands on exploration

  Cheri Lucas Rowlands is a writer and photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area who explores the notions of time, place, memory, home and writing through the window of her self-titled blog, Cheri Lucas Rowlands. Cheri works as a story wrangler for Automattic and she and her husband are currently building a tiny house on […]

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Nostalgia

“Soon, nostalgia will be another name for Europe.” — Angela Carter When shadows grow long and light turns rosy near the end of a long summer day, a moment’s respite becomes an opening for the force of wistfulness to move in. It’s a trick of dusk: like lighting on a stage or the right musical cue, our hearts […]

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