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Byodo-In Temple, Kaneohe, O’ahu, Hawai’i

Located at the feet of the stunning Ko’olau Mountains, better known as the Pali (the distinctive narrow

Bathe In The Atmosphere Of The Forest With Instagramer Ellen Borggreve

A few months ago I discovered the exquisite forest photography of Ellen Borggreve. Since then I have not only

OSO Restaurant | Sonoma, California

Just over a year ago, I went out on a photo mission for the Boston Globe with specific requests for images of

Conan | The Sweet Chocolate Dobie

Meet Conan, the non-barbarian, super sweet Chocolate (the official color is Red) Doberman. This sweetie pie was

Forest Wonderland Cookies | When Baking and Art Meet

Aren’t these cookies exquisite? This is what happens when you state your theme, then give a talented

Life In Napa | The May Garden & Vineyard

So, how has your May been? Mine has been  much better, as in more fun. Things (projects) are still moving at a

Tabiano Castello | Italy

The medieval village of Tabiano Castello is one of the many such charming hill towns to be found in the maze of

Breakfast & Lunch at The Fremont Diner | Sonoma, California

This review has been a while in coming, but it was certainly worth the wait. Since spending so much time in

Monarch Knitting | A Treasure Trove in Pacific Grove, California

It seems that Carmel is not the only place on the Monterey Peninsula with a claim to treasure troves. As I was

 

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Sonoma Plaza Farmers’ Market & The Fig Rig at Roche Winery | Sonoma, California

A couple of weeks before leaving Napa for Carmel, I figured it was about time I visited the renown Sonoma Plaza

Raspberry Tiramisu | Recipe

After tempting you with the delights of Pâtisserie Angelica last week, I thought maybe I could inspire you into

Shinrin-Yoku: Forest Bathing – Day 1 of 7

Usually Facebook’s wild guessing at what I might be interested in is way off track, but about a month ago

Hunting for Treasures in Carmel, California | Part Three

Welcome back to lovely Carmel-by-the-Sea! I hope you are ready for another exploration, because there is just

Fantabulous Chef Lee Anne Wong

It all came about when Dania Katz, Publisher of Edible Hawaiian Islands, asked me to do the photo shoot for one of

Edison | The Calendar Spaniel Boy

I thought it was time for some wiggly-ness, so I am presenting Edison. Edison – or Eddie for short

Walking Up the Chapels’ Path to Sacro Monte | Varese, Italy

I thought it was time to take you to Italy for a little while, specifically my home town of Varese. I have not

The Carmel Journals | Lunch at Basil

Located within the beautiful Paseo San Carlos courtyard, Basil restaurant is one of those happy discoveries

Flashback in Black & White | Portraiture

I thought I would show you something different today, something picked out of Dumbledore’s

 

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32 Self-Guided Shinrin-Yoku Invitations to Deepen Your Connection With Nature

I have finally completed all the behind-the-scenes work connected to this project, so here I am presenting to you my

Treasure Trove: Once Around – Mill Valley

One day a couple of months ago, I was googling (can you believe that is now a legitimate verb?) for art stores

Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2015 | San Francisco

About six weeks ago I found out about the Great Dickens Christmas Fair happening in San Francisco over the

Behind the Photo: Vienna Woods, Austria

Sometimes, behind a photo there is a story. And sometimes, behind a photo there is a particular story. I have quite a

The Majestic Coastal Redwoods of Muir Woods | Mill Valley, California

With this photo story, I am inviting you to relax and follow me on a virtual walk through the majestic California

Linguine with Zucchini Blossom, Shrimp and Saffron

I was in charge of keeping my friend Valerie’s garden alive while she and her husband were traveling a

The Carmel Journals | Foggy Morning About Town

Considering that in Carmel it is foggy almost every morning, I may have a Foggy Morning chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Crisp Bakeshop | Best in Sonoma, California

Crisp Bakeshop is the best bakeshop in Sonoma County. Ok, there might be others that are good – though I

Sacred Place | Iolani Palace | Honolulu

‘Iolani Palace is the former official residence of Hawai’i’s monarchy, and the only royal