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Swept Away in Felton, California

June 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Eating, travel near home

On Father’s Day, Shelley Buck discovers an exotic destination may sometimes lie quite close to home. “Write about a cultural stretch,” the instructor in my TEFL* program had told me, raising fantasies about dining on lamb’s eyes or chocolate-covered crickets at some exotic San Francisco eatery. But since it was Father’s Day, and the choice […]

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The Language of Boats

February 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Travel Memoir, travel near home

Shelley Buck had to tackle an ancient and very foreign language as she searched for a boat to live on. This excerpt is from her 2010 eBook, Floating Point, which chronicles her move to the water as a means to shorten an awful commute. The book is due out in paperback in 2011. “Go see […]

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Surfing Santa

December 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Time and Place, travel near home

Margaret Murray relates an encounter with a mythic figure at the ocean’s edge. (And no, it is not a shark.) Surfing Santa on Capitola Beach? “No way,” you say? But yes! Well, sort of. Santa actually arrived in a long, narrow canoe in the rolling surf just south of Santa Cruz, California. True to character, […]

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Centrifugal Travel

November 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Travel Memoir, travel near home

In this selection from her new book, Floating Point: Endlessly Rocking off Silicon Valley, Shelley Buck tells how the decision was made to move to a boat by Silicon Valley. We didn’t start out intending to set up housekeeping on a boat. It was June. We had had our own business, but it was closed. […]

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