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Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in Blog, Road Trip USA, Travel |

Whistleblowers for Peace: Falling Whistles

Whistleblowers for Peace: Falling Whistles

It has been three years since I stepped foot into the Falling Whistles headquarters in Los Angeles. Natural light illuminates the exposed brick, installations, and five staff members clicking away silently at their computers. Gone are the days (and nights) of intern-filled garage spaces in Venice Beach. In its place is a more focused and experienced organization working to bring peace in Congo. The approach is an interesting one — selling whistles and using the proceeds to support work in Congo, delivering educational media content, and mobilizing their base to push for policy changes. To date, the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed over 6 million lives– as many people who died in the Holocaust. This fact feels very far away to me until I remember that my cell phone and computer have minerals such as coltan from Congo that were likely extracted by slave labor and that the money from the illegal sale of such minerals fund the war. Organizations like Falling Whistles are working...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Blog, Photos, Road Trip USA, Travel |

San Francisco in Pictures

San Francisco in Pictures

San Francisco has it all. Enjoy the view! Comstock Saloon Cocktail Comstock Saloon Lombard St. home Park Art Farmer’s market tomatoes View over Lombard St. Harvey Milk Plaza Castro Theater Castro Streets The F Street Car Ghirardelli Chocolate Story Sailboat on the Bay Ship at Bay Alcatraz The Golden Gate Bridge in a fog. Clam chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf Spider crab in Fort Mason Marina. Civic Center Farmer’s Market Antique bike...

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Blog, Road Trip USA, Travel |

Gravensteins, Grapes, and Olive Groves in Northern California

Gravensteins, Grapes, and Olive Groves in Northern California

You know it is going to be a good day when it begins by chasing a flock of wild turkeys from the backyard. Heather says everyone has their own turkey-spooking technique. I was lucky enough to see hers but sad I missed the opportunity to create the next viral YouTube video phenomena. Perhaps it is just as well. I arrived to Northern California several days ago to spend time with my dear friend and former housemate, Heather. An internationally-traveled California native, Heather gave me private tours of in the Bay Area and Sonoma County, telling stories about the buildings, fields, people, local economy, politics, protests, and personal history. I learned that gravenstein apples are the predominant apple crop in Sebastapol but that they have a short season and don’t ship or store well, so many of the orchards have almost completely transitioned to vineyards. If you can get your hands on the gravensteins though, they make a mean pie! After the orchard, we tasted wine from Taft Street Winery,¬†Graton...

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Blog, Photos, Road Trip USA, Travel |

Sonoma County California in Pictures

Sonoma County California in Pictures

Sonoma County California is known the world over for its wines but a closer look reveals so much more in the country, coast, and city. Shell Beach Seals sunning in Sonoma Seaweed washed ashore Where a coast to coast journey ceases going west Views from the Shell Beach Trail A seed caught in a spider’s web on the coast Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Petaluma, California Northern California brew Canning the olives Tasting room at Taft Street Winery Grapes at Graton Ridge Cellars Watch out, fella’s. Thanksgiving is in a few weeks! A time-worn truck in a gravenstein orchard. Apple factory in Sonoma Apple orchards in Sonoma...

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