The Death Cafe

When you bake a cake there is usually a celebration to come.  Cake is the universal food of life milestones.  Birthdays, weddings and baby showers are all marked by a cake of some kind and whether elaborate or simple, the act of baking one for someone else is an act...

Originally Published in 1859 Magazine

Your trip planner for a small, coastal town in Oregon. Cannon beach in the winter offers new ways to experience a classic Oregon Coast destination. Thousands of visitors from around the world travel to Cannon Beach for views of the iconic haystack rock, its fresh...

Courage and Hope

For a few years I have had the happy job of moderating the Sacramento Speakers Series which is a monthly lecture series that runs from September to April, featuring international superstars of politics, science, entertainment and sports.  It is a nice gig. I escort...

Terra Incognita

When was the last time you were in an unexplored place?  These days you can't hike a national park without a satellite being able to see if your dandruff shampoo is working, but early cartographers with neither satellites nor drones had to use phrases like Terra...

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

If you've ever pushed the crosswalk button at a stoplight and waited several minutes for the light to change you've most likely been manipulated by the placebo effect.  Most cross walk buttons in the united states aren't connected to the stoplights anymore.  The...

The Millennial Whoop of Journalism

I recently became aware of something called "The Millennial Whoop".  Patrick Metzer wrote an interesting piece about it for Slate magazine. Its a musical pattern used within many types of songs to give instant comfort to the listener and make it sound familiar. "It’s...