Magazine article Sunset

Surf, Sand & Decisions

Magazine article Sunset

Surf, Sand & Decisions

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EVERY IMPORTANT DECISION in my life seems to be made on a beach. Moving, marriage, starting a family, switching jobs--each transition involves a long walk, me looking at my feet in the sand and then out at the horizon, fears and worries tumbling around in my head. The ceaseless surge of the waves reminds me that change is constant, that there is something bigger than I am in charge. I feel both calmer and braver.

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Stinson Beach in Marin County, California, is my favorite spot for such deep thoughts; my husband and I have a lot of change-making history there. So when a reader in Oregon called looking for his own special strip of sand, we took it seriously. We'd run a story about a beach, he said. "It was in Oregon, and there's a lot of driftwood there." (We get a lot of calls like this.) Which issue? No clue. Was it Bandon? "No. The story talked about how uncrowded it was." Port Orford--which we'd described as rugged, driftwood clogged, and guaranteed uncrowded? "No. …

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