I found a new store in Berkeley– Social Studies Shop. I love the nautical feeling of the space, enhanced by the hanging ropes. They carry fine products in an epopoeia atmosphere. The potholders are the cutest I have ever seen! The Noon Design Studio pillows are rockin. The polished concrete floor is my personal favorite design element. I am going to call the dark wall nautical twilight because they got everything spot-on, casual and sophisticated.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett


There are so many stairways I enjoy in this city. I leisurely found a touch of fall on the Green Street Stairs. I happened into the stairway with complete insouciance to the fact that I was in the heart of the city, and there it was- Autumn.

Photo by Bronwyn Burnett






The chill of winter is on the horizon. Skies incipiently turn grey, it is time for reflection. A familiar feeling of melancholy imbues my mind. A perfect cure for me is the ocean where I can stealthily climb a rock, and gambol in the water. An ineffable beauty descends upon the ocean as the sun begins to set. So it goes, the sun sets. My longings never seem to cease but for the moment I let go of tension I didn’t realize I was holding.

Dress by Cynthia Vincent
Photos by Terek Cahier De Texte




Dog Eared Books is unconventional and its uniqueness always brightens my day. Nothing beats looking through books to find the next great read, or just get your mind moving in a positive way. I treasure these spots so much, and I absolutely love the happy employees with their philosophical hearts. Currently I am reading ‘Death of a King’ by Tavis Smiley. It is strengthening my against-the-herd mentality, it is hard not to live in complacency. Cognitive improvement involves sacrifice- I am longing to make a difference for justice and humanity. I understand Martin Luther King Jr.’s quest for spiritual energy to drive him forward with peaceful integrity. I love all the soul music, great read. What are you reading these days?

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett




Lately I have been adding chicory to my coffee to boost the already chocolate tones of the Giant Steps Blue Bottle coffee. I fell for the tenebrous flavor in New Orleans. It is cool to watch the chicory flakes expand and add body to my French press. I found one cup of coffee to a tablespoon of chicory does the trick for me. I blend them together in my coffee grinder. So yummy! You can pick-up dried and roasted chicory at Rainbow Grocery and bring a little NOLA to your kitchen, it is easy and flavorful.

Photos by Bronwyn Burnett