Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.Ira Glass to Lifehacker
My parents recently sold our childhood home, so I packed up the wife and kid (and dog) and we ventured north to revisit past memories and make some new ones. We dipped into the City and continued further north to reconnect with the natural world around Lake Shasta. Waterfalls, glacial melt, red clay, railroad towns where my grandparents lived — all a welcome change from the I-5/405 brain scramble. A few select visions from north of the Golden Gate attached.