This morning I met with a 60-something Romanian man named Vas on a sunny mountainside property in Mill Valley. There are six 100-year old cottages on the property. Vas has lived on and cared for the property and its owners for 37 years. Now he is the sole caretaker of 92-year old Ina, whose husband … Continue reading A Rustic Writer’s Cottage in Mill Valley for Free?
I’m lying on the platform bed I made in the back of my 2007 Honda Element Ember with Coco cuddled up against me. It’s 9:18 PM, and I am parked in a very unique neighborhood somewhere in Larkspur within a grove of majestic old redwood trees. I parked under a street sign that reads “2 Hour Parking … Continue reading Facing My Fears – First Night Urban Stealth Camping in Marin County
I'm so in love with sailing that I quit my technical support job to wedge a toe in the sailing industry's front door. I succeeded at that... I'm now working as a customer service representative and executive assistant to the CEO of a local sailing school. I just started my fourth week, and I LOVE IT. … Continue reading I’m so in love with sailing that I…
I received a phone call from Mila this evening. Her daughter Victoria has been found! Mila described Victoria's appearance as "skin and bones, like she was held in a concentration camp." She was found with nothing but the clothes she was wearing -- no purse, phone, identification, nor money. Her mental state is confused. Victoria won't talk about … Continue reading Victoria Has Been Found!
Why am I doing this? I ask myself that all the time. Every day that I live and learn, I find new reasons. I've had this creative urge and a yearning to be outdoors simmering on low inside me for years. I kept it on a back burner while I focused on my job and … Continue reading Why Am I Doing This?
I gave birth on my forty-sixth birthday yesterday! This is the first video that I've produced specifically for my Sailing Novaturient channel. It has been a labor of love and I'm so excited to share it. The first video I uploaded, regarding Missing Person at Risk: Victoria Todd, is a "special episode," made for no other reason than … Continue reading YouTube Video Posted! v1.0: Jethro Daniels: Trek for Mental Health Awareness
While Jethro and I were on the beach chatting yesterday afternoon, a woman approached us asking if we had seen her missing daughter. Victoria was last seen in the Santa Cruz area March 30, 2017. Her mother Mila has been searching for her daily since she went missing. I offered to do what I can to help by … Continue reading Missing Person at Risk: Victoria
I saw Jethro Daniels coming up the hill towards me while I waited for him at the top on the side of the road. At first I saw a tiny silhouette at the bottom of the steep hill vaguely shaped like a man, a cart, and a dog. As he got closer, I realized that … Continue reading Walking Uphill Backwards
As soon as I saw the cobalt blue shooter in his hand, I knew it was for me. But Jethro didn't give me the marble. I wasn't disappointed, because the happy day and meeting him had been gift enough. Instead, we exchanged contact information, hugged several times, and promised to keep in touch. As I drove away, I saw him in my rear view mirror waving wildly. It seemed to me as if he were saying, "You go girl!" with his arms. A minute later, I received a text message from him. I had misunderstood his arms, and laughed again...
I could feel a distance growing between us. At first it was a muddy puddle, then a lake, and became a gulf by mid-February. I was also confronted with a necessary choice between two paths, one of which required his continued participation. At least at the time, that's what I believed. I sat cross-legged on the edge of the bed and watched … Continue reading The Moment I Woke Up