More than 500 of us gathered two days before Thanksgiving at a long Grateful Table event in remote vineyards on the Sonoma Napa county line. Visit California organized this as a tribute to first responders in the Sonoma/Napa fires and the resilience of the wine country people. Chef Tyler Florence gave an impassioned salute to the first responders who prevented the fire tragedy from becoming an even greater catastrophe.
We had a lively discussion in Portland, Oregon recently at a meeting of the Society of American Travel Writers on travel journalist survivability and profitability.
It is always exciting for me to approach a city I know well, such as Portland, with a new concept. Portland fancies itself as "The City of Makers." What does this claim mean?
Portland appeals because of its small-town but cosmopolitan aura, the friendliness of the citizenry, its lovely hillside parks, and its sweeping sense of history, starting with Lewis and Clark.
My author/travel journalist website, dating from 1995, has undergone a rebirth and renewal that will carry me forward for the next decade.
The magazine Independent has published a four-page article by me on "monetizing your writing/photo content."