• My First Transit: Oxnard to Oakland, California

    Whale off the starboard bow! I looked up from the quarterdeck just in time to see the head of a dark whale come down from a breech. I immediately reverted to an 8 year old self with glee and yelled down through the aft cabin stairs, “WHALE!” Clambering from all openings of the boat, several …

  • Rockstar Women: Sara Luchi

    Meet Sara Luchi, recently turned 29, one of 4 brewers at Black Raven Brewing, one of the fastest growing breweries emerging east of Seattle. While the world of brewing is still largely dominated by men, Sara kicks that stereotype out the door. She’s been brewing almost as long as she’s been legal to drink, and she’s …

  • Dear Mr. Kelly

    “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allan Poe I first read this quote 13 years ago, in your Creative Writing class. I don’t remember how it came to be and I didn’t really know what it meant. Eventually I turned around and with glee I said, …

  • Two Weeks Before the Mast: Tall Ship Training

    The heart is an incredible muscle. Sometimes I wonder if my heart truly feels the way I think it feels or if it’s just my brain telling me that’s how it feels. The battle between heart and mind is real. And never have I felt more conflicted, elated, excited, terrified all at the same time, …