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Where to Eat and Drink in Santa Cruz

If you are like me, you are always looking for the next great place to eat and drink in Santa Cruz. I’ve heard if you want to know what’s going on, hang out where the chef’s eat. One place that comes to my mind is Cafe Cruz on 41st Avenue. I know firsthand. I’ve been there after hours and got some great tips. Another great source of information is the Thrill List. Check out their “ultimate” guide to exploring the Santa Cruz food and drink scene.

A Sailor’s Metaphor for Dying



My husband Bill’s father, our beloved Pop Pop, passed away a few weeks ago and we buried him over the weekend. Avid sailors, Bill and his dad spent many relaxing days sailing here in the Monterey Bay and on Lake Tahoe. At his father’s memorial service, my husband read the following poem:

What is Dying?

I am standing upon that foreshore, a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There. She’s gone.”

“Gone where?”

“Gone from my sight, that’s all.” She is just as large in mast and spar and hull as ever she was when she left my side. Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at that moment when someone at my side says, “There, she’s gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

And that is dying.

(See you on the other side of the horizon, Pop Pop.)



SeaweedArt Crustacean Water Bottle

Real SeaweedArt

This is the real stuff. Photos taken at low tide at Point Lobos, CA. I love the colors.




Ocean Memories

image of 2 girls posing at the beach

My sister Julie and me, Avalon, NJ circa 1965

In honor of Facebook’s Throwback Thursdays, I’m posting this photo of my sister Julie and me taken many, many years ago in the summer of 1965 in Avalon, New Jersey, about a 2 hour ride from our home in the Philadelphia suburbs. I was about 4, she was 2, and I still have vivid fond memories of that  vacation. Our parents rented a house very close to the beach and while they slept in we took off for the “shore” as we called it. There was a lot of freedom in those days. (Parents didn’t fret like they do now. ) We built sand castles, dug for clams and chased hermit crabs as they scurried across the wet sand.

As we got older we took summer jobs in Wildwood, New Jersey to earn spend money and pay for our college tuition. On our days off, we’d have beach picnics noshing on tins of smoked clams while lounging in beach chairs along the water’s edge reading summer novels and working on our tans.

These are our ocean memories, and it was these early experiences that instilled in us a life long appreciation for  the ocean, its natural beauty and the joy it could give us.

Santa Cruz surfing legend and wet suit inventor Jack O’Neill recognized this need to reach children at an early age when he founded the O’Neill Sea Oddysey Program, a floating classroom aboard a 65 foot catamaran, that teaches children about the importance of the living sea and its relationship to the enviroment. By engaging them and personalizing the experience, it inspires a life long love and appreciation for the ocean, an imprint that lasts a life time.

This is my call out to you to share your story. Post your ocean memories here in the comment section and the first five respondents will receive a SeaweedArt gift from me.

The America’s Cup is Coming to San Francisco

My husband Bill and I were fortunate to attend a talk given last week by the CEO of Team Oracle about the America’s Cup that is coming to San Francisco this summer. Wow! It was amazing. We met a few of the crew members from competing teams who talked about the aerodynamic designs of the catamarans. They showed this video of boats on foils literally flying out of the air. Watch it and be amazed.


How Many Toxins are You Putting on Your Body?

Detox-SetSpecial-03It is estimated that the average woman puts over 500 toxins on her body before she leaves the house. Body lotions, soaps, shampoos, perfumes and makeup are all common products that everyone uses. Evidence suggests that what we put on our skin penetrates our internal organs within 23 seconds of application. That is very disturbing. We can avoid this problem by using products that are environmentally safe, toxin free, botanically based and inspired by nature.

Arbonne is a highly regarded full line of health and wellness products with a rich Swiss heritage. I tried these products when I was introduced to them by my friend Kim and I was hooked. I first sampled the Sea Source Botanicals, (naturally) but I have since tried almost everything in the catalog and I can’t recommend them enough. I feel rest assured that I am using products that are safe for my health and safe for the environment.

Pure. Safe. Beneficial.

Please visit my SeaweedArt Arbonne site to learn more. 

Where to Buy Sustainable Seafood

Determining where to buy sustainable seafood may seem challenging and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. FishWise has taken the guess work out of the decision by developing a myriad of purchasing tools. You can choose a Seafood  Watch Pocket Guide or refer to this list. There’s even an app for that. Or you can simply enter your zip code here to find a sustainable seafood retailer. To learn more about sustainable seafood, please refer to the FishWise useful links.

Ten percent of profits this month will be donated to FishWise.

Swimming with Dolphins

Some albacore fisherman using a GoPro Topedo camera, caught this unexpected incredible underwater footage of dolphins off the coast of Santa Cruz. Delightful, enchanting and amazing. A must see.

Pressed Flower Art on Glass

Before I became interested in pressing seaweed I was an accomplished flower presser. Recently I’ve reimmersed myself in the hobby, inspired by my newly planted herb and wild flower garden. I pressed the botanicals –flowers and herbs, in my microwave and then glued them onto the outside of glass bottles to create a unique gift and functional art. Available for sale on Etsy.


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