Master of the Saddle

Published in May 2016, Enjoy Magazine

Kevin Sayler is a man of few words, silent but not stern, with a fondness for a little whiskey. A rancher by trade, Sayler familiarized himself with the saddle at a young age – how to repair as much as ride – and though he is as quiet as a stoic, he’s also a poet with his hands, crafting leather pieces from his small Saddlery in Three Rivers, California.

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Through His Lens

Published February 2016, Enjoy Magazine

Though this article announced a bygone exhibit, it also focuses on the professional and romantic relationship between photographer Nickolas Murray and artist Frida Kahlo, and how identity and perspective both form and are formed by art.

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Crafting Worth through Woodwork

Published October 2015, Enjoy Magazine

Eric Hollenbeck is a self-taught master woodworker who specializes in crafting period furniture with hand-built tools. The blue-collar craftsman can carve from the roughest log a piece of art as dainty as the icing on a wedding cake, but his greatest piece is still a work in progress. Hollenbeck is finally discovering that the real value of his work isn’t the final product, but the process of finding his own worth. He is imparting that lesson to the veterans and troubled teens whom he has taken under his apprenticeship at the Blue Ox Millworks.

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A Royal Heritage

Published July 2015, South Valley Enjoy

Brice Yocum was quite possibly the first person in America to raise, process, and eat the wildly delicious Barbezieux heritage chicken, just one of the breeds he raises at Sunbird Farms. He’s not only proven to his college students that thanks to the internet, you can start a business in just about anything, but he’s also redefining the role of chicken in fine cuisine.

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Following the Light

Published July, 2015, North Valley Enjoy

In June I took a tour of Northern California’s rugged coastline, visiting its many light houses. Starting in Crescent City, I followed a connect-the-dot trail south, and by cutting a path through cliffs and sand, I was able to view this beautiful stretch of coastline by an entirely different light.

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When the Wells Run Dry

Published July, 2015, South Valley Enjoy

California is in the midst of an historic drought, and no city has felt the effects of this drought more than Porterville, California. Here, residents are waking up to sputtering taps, toilets that don’t flush, showers that don’t run.

But residents are organizing to offer relief, and finding aid in unlikely places.

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New York on Main

June, Enjoy Magazine

In all fairness, I’ve spent more time writing in Char-cut-er-rie than eating there, but that’s only thanks to deadlines. Still, I made sure to take all the breakfast and lunch breaks – all of them. Anyway, the only thing better than eating Catherine Heaney’s fare, is writing about it, so…

…read the fruits of my labor here, and then eat the fruits of hers over there.

Lebanese Roots, Cosmopolitan Cuisine

Published January 2, 2015

Sometimes the casualties of war have unexpected results. The Dada family was uprooted by the Lebanese Civil War, but one country’s loss in another’s gain. The Dadas have since opened three Pita Kabobs, restaurants that offer Mediterranean cuisine with cosmopolitan flare. And with 31 beers on tap, their latest gastropub offers the perfect draught to complement cultural dishes with a compelling history.

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