Sunrise, Ranch side, Christmas Hill Park. Before I started writing professionally, I filled notebooks and scratch paper with scraps of poetry and fiction. In high school, I aligned myself with the Art Literary Magazine, which published some of my work and I even served as a fiction editor one year. Looking back at yearbook inscriptions, … Continue reading A Writer’s Life for Me
Last spring, when SJSU joined as a partner institution in the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, the university was invited to participate in Immigrant Heritage Month. As one of the most diverse campuses in the United States in a region that has flourished on the hard work of immigrants for decades, I felt excited to … Continue reading #ImmigrantHeritageMonth Campaign
Project Management: MLML Annual Report
During my time at San Jose State University, one project that makes me especially proud is my work on SJSU’s Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) annual report for 2015-16. The educational center and research lab celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 and I was charged with project managing a redesign of their annual report weeks … Continue reading Project Management: MLML Annual Report
Counselor leaves legacy with 27 years at SBHS
Last week I had the chance to talk with Jim Caffiero and some of his former students as he prepares to retire from life as a high school counselor at San Benito High School after 27 years on the job. He's known as Mr. C around campus and many students credit him with helping them … Continue reading Counselor leaves legacy with 27 years at SBHS
Zombies and Quadruplets – all in a day’s work
When I first started reporting on San Benito County as a student fresh out of graduate school, I worried that it might be boring. After all, most of the county is rural farmland and most of its residents commute upwards of an hour to work each day. It has a population of less than 60,000 … Continue reading Zombies and Quadruplets – all in a day’s work
De Brito’s ramps up sweet treats for Valentine’s Day
http://youtu.be/zafvWxjdKss I had a chance to visit with Alene De Brito, owner of De Brito's Chocolate Factory in Hollister, CA, for an inside look at the shop as they prepare for the sweethearts holiday. She was gracious enough to share how she comes up with ideas and I even got a sample of some of … Continue reading De Brito’s ramps up sweet treats for Valentine’s Day
Diverse mix of media shows at gallery
http://youtu.be/5l5gRFj3a-g For this video it was great to see two artists at work in their studios where pieces are less polished than in the final product shown in galleries.
Blind dancer learns through sound of movement
http://youtu.be/OnfltsYgTwY I really enjoyed my time talking with dance instructor Reta Rochelle and her student, 19-year-old Mary Church. Church, who has been blind since shortly after birth, is taking tap dance lessons and learning by the sound of her instructor's movements.
2013 Flu Clinic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Stx6KohC4g&feature=youtu.be Recent example of video clips: San Benito County Health offers a free flu clinic. Hear from County Medical Officer Alvaro Gazra on the seasonal flu.
Most community newspapers stick to the traditional beats of education, crime and government. When I started as a reporter at the Weekend Pinnacle newspaper in San Benito County, I created a niche for myself as a health reporter. If the editor suggested a feature on kids with autism or a piece on breast cancer survivors, … Continue reading Health reporting