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West Is Eden
Ken McAlpine’s latest book “Together We Jump” was praised by Sunset Magazine as “lyrical, evocative and deeply moving … a luminous American novel.” He is also the author of the novel “Fog” and the non-fiction works “Off Season: Discovering America on Winter’s Shore” and “Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization.” His magazine articles have earned three Lowell Thomas awards, travel writing's top award. He is based in Ventura, California.
Central Coast Notes: California's Drought, Made Terribly Visible

Central Coast Notes: California's Drought, Made Terribly Visible

While Surfing, Learning to Be a Better Person

While Surfing, Learning to Be a Better Person

When Life Gets Too Crowded, We Turn to Something Very Special

When Life Gets Too Crowded, We Turn to Something Very Special

Feel-Good Skateboard News From a Small Ventura County Town

Feel-Good Skateboard News From a Small Ventura County Town

Why We Should Put the Plastic Bag Away Forever

Why We Should Put the Plastic Bag Away Forever

This New Year, Watch as Many Sunsets as Possible

This New Year, Watch as Many Sunsets as Possible

Why Holiday Cards Are My Favorite Gift During This Time of Year

Why Holiday Cards Are My Favorite Gift During This Time of Year

Get Your Smiles and Satsumas: Learning to Be a Better Farmers' Market Shopper

Get Your Smiles and Satsumas: Learning to Be a Better Farmers' Market Shopper

SoCal's 'Cold Weather' May Be Laughable, But it's a Serious Issue for Some

SoCal's 'Cold Weather' May Be Laughable, But it's a Serious Issue for Some

My Favorite Things: Why It's Okay to Miss Black Friday and Cyber Monday

My Favorite Things: Why It's Okay to Miss Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Your 'Net Worth' Means Something Totally Different Than You Think

Your 'Net Worth' Means Something Totally Different Than You Think

Pier into the Past: Why We Need History Front and Center

Pier into the Past: Why We Need History Front and Center

Teaching Students to Write Means Stopping Self-Censorship

Teaching Students to Write Means Stopping Self-Censorship

Simi Valley's Bottle Village Should Be on Every Tourist's Map

Simi Valley's Bottle Village Should Be on Every Tourist's Map

Taking a Tech Detox: When Mobile Devices Interfere with Life

Taking a Tech Detox: When Mobile Devices Interfere with Life

California Oarfish Discoveries Only Scratch the Surface

California Oarfish Discoveries Only Scratch the Surface

Asphalt Spilling Forward: Ventura County is Losing its Countryside

Asphalt Spilling Forward: Ventura County is Losing its Countryside

Live Like a Child (and Forget About the Icky-Faced Adults)

Live Like a Child (and Forget About the Icky-Faced Adults)

Believe it or Not, But There's Beauty to Be Found in Seagulls

Believe it or Not, But There's Beauty to Be Found in Seagulls

Off to College: Saying Goodbye to Your No-Longer Child

Off to College: Saying Goodbye to Your No-Longer Child