More than a Prison: The Gardens, Native American Heritage and Birds of Alcatraz

Alcatraz. The Rock. The most formidable prison in the United States. From its early years as a fort, later turned prison, and then the location of the protest that sparked the 1970s Native American Rights Movement, Alcatraz Island is now a National Park that seeks to preserve the history of the island, while also accepting…

Here We Are…

For a long time I have basked in the musty, technicolor glow of the mid-20th century and nearly all it had to offer. I filled my closet with 50s shirtwaist dresses and 60s polyester shifts, jewelry boxes with Bakelite and rhinestones, furnished my home with Heywood Wakefield, dined off of Franciscan Starburst, watched countless episodes…

Happiness Is…Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Warm Puppy Cafe

There is something so incredibly charming about the comics page of the newspaper. Here, in the middle of politics, tragedy, and change, are rows and rows of little boxes, each telling their very own story. Growing up I loved turning to this page and following the lives of the characters in Stone Soup, Luann, Zits,…