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The Boomerang Travel Book

March 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Books

As Shelley Buck sat down to write East: A Woman on the Road to Kathmandu, chance delivered an incredible surprise. In the year 2012, a strange thing happened. After finishing writing my first book and duly marching Floating Point to a series of readings and events, I turned to another I had meant to write […]

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A Puggy Holiday in Carmel

January 8th, 2014 · No Comments · Eating and Drinking

Americans love their pets. According to the American Pet Products Association, dogs can be found in nearly 57 million U.S. households, and nearly one in three dog owners brings Fido along when leaving home for two or more nights. In this selection, author Judith Pierce Rosenberg relates how one California town’s hospitality industry welcomes these […]

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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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A Road Trip into Death Valley

May 17th, 2011 · No Comments · En Route

In Margaret Murray’s novel, Sundagger.net, six New Age seekers journey to Death Valley in a cramped VW bus, together with their sweat lodge leader. The group’s intent is to hold a Native American vision quest, once there. In this excerpt, the mostly-urban travelers encounter a wild land of fierce winds and disorienting geological trompe l’oeil. […]

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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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