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Southern Girl in a Strange Land (Part 3: Lost Angeles

This is the third installment of a recurring column in Tangents Magazine about a young Charlotte writer’s move to California. Continue reading Southern Girl in a Strange Land (Part 3: Lost Angeles



“California is a place in which a boom mentality and a sense of Chekhovian loss meet in uneasy suspension; in which the mind is troubled by some buried but ineradicable suspicion that things better work here, because here, beneath the immense bleached sky, is where we run out of continent.”   -Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem When the Sierra Nevada vacation ended, I ran out of … Continue reading Whiplash

Chewed Up and Spit Out of San Fran

I’d set out on this trip with one of my goals being to establish a healthy love affair with the city of San Francisco, a goal I’d thought entirely attainable. The city of San Francisco, however, had other plans. She and I, as they say, just weren’t meant to be. I came down from Vista Point, where I’d taken those shots of the Golden Gate … Continue reading Chewed Up and Spit Out of San Fran

Oh, Tahoe! Part 2: California

I looped around the rest of Lake Tahoe to the northwest corner, where I found the adorably quaint, historic mountain town of Truckee, CA. In contrast to South Lake Tahoe’s strip of glittering casinos, Truckee’s Main Street is characterized by its boutique shops and artisanship. Here, even the Taco Bell is housed in rustic stones, bricks, and flowers. I grabbed my backpack and started down what looked more … Continue reading Oh, Tahoe! Part 2: California