Californian history is so interwoven with Spanish and Mexican history that I feel I'm doing it an injustice even as I am reviving parts of it that have lain dormant for far too long. Every time I think about posting about someone like Mary Ellen Pleasant or Archy Lee , I discover something that floors … Continue reading California Love: William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr.
My father used to drive one of those 70s style vans. It was tan with no interior except for the driver and front passenger seat. In flashes, I can recall clinging to one of the two sand-filled cushions that doubled as backseats. In that van, I slept the most of the way to Yosemite National … Continue reading California Love: The Buffalo Soldiers, Yosemite National Park, and the Western Frontier
I had time this past weekend to care for my hair slowly and methodically at the pace of nature. I conditioned, moisturized and then groomed my roots into the locs I’ve worn for the past five years while enjoying a glass of wine…or two. As I twisted my hair between my palms, I thought of … Continue reading California Love: Bridget “Biddy” Mason and the Rowans