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September 16, 2017 – 2:31 am

In this insightful gem, journalist and life coach Wanda Hennig writes wisely, hilariously and sometimes poignantly about sex and food; living for three-and-a-half years at the San Francisco Zen Center; moving solo from one continent to another; meditation; creative mindfulness strategies and more. Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press). Edition Two (Mouth Orgasm edition) published August 2017 (ISBN 9780996820523 paperback; ISBN 9780996820523 eBook).

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Visualizations, creativity and the incredible oneness of being

January 5, 2010 – 12:34 pm
Geyser, Rotorua, New Zealand.

An inner journey can be more spectacular — and revealing — than a trip around the world. And a weekend …

Too many cooks? Not at this table

November 28, 2009 – 1:05 pm
Wendy Brucker, Marsha McBride, Tanya Holland, Barbara Mulas, Rebekah Wood, Dona Savitsky, Maggie Pond, Cindy Lalime Krikorian at Brown Sugar Kitchen. Photo Wanda Hennig
When eight East Bay culinary divas stir the pot and spill the beans, what you get is a sizzling stir fry of raucous musings, candidness, collaboration, ebullience and deliciousness.

By Wanda Hennig — See full story in Oakland Magazine, November 2009 and Alameda Magazine, November 2009

They met around three tables pulled into a rough circle at Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland. During the roundtable discussion, the women talked together, talked over each other and talked totally off-topic — more like being at a good dinner party where wine and conversation flow freely. But there was no wine, just coffee beforehand and slices of carrot cake with walnut at the end.

Tembe has Africa’s biggest tusker and web-spinning spider plus tiny suni

November 15, 2009 – 8:03 pm
The game-spotting vehicle at Tembe.
Isilo could be the world’s largest elephant; the suni is one of Africa’s smallest antelope; and scientists thought until recently that nephila komaci — the female spider has a leg-span of five inches — was extinct.

By guest Africa correspondent Graham Linscott

Photos by Wayne Matthews

TEMBE Elephant Park, a wilderness in the remote north-east of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, offers visitors the opportunity to step back 200 years into unspoiled pre-colonial Africa.

It also offers the opportunity to spot southern Africa’s largest tusker, a giant bull elephant named Isilo who is about 65 years old …

Oakland and South Africa connect. So what does Cheetah Outreach have to do with it?

November 3, 2009 – 11:58 pm
Vergelegen Wine Estate — a Cape Dutch picture.

Vicki Gutgesell loves animals and she loves to travel. She goes to see wildlife, birdlife and marine life au natural …

The great East Bay Beast Bloggers Bar Camp

September 30, 2009 – 4:27 pm
Kara Andrade of spot.us and Tech Liminal's Anca Mosoiu.
The happening was in Oakland at Tech Liminal. So — what is the nature of The Beast?

On a Saturday morning in late July, just after a flock of white pelicans arrived for an extended stay at Lake Merritt, a group of activists, bloggers, would-be bloggers, vloggers, Twitter gurus, print journalists transitioning to the web in the age of social media, high-tech nerds, and others, gathered at Tech Liminal in Oakland for the East Bay’s first Beast Bloggers Bar Camp.

People at the event, hosted by journalism micro-funding project Spot.Us, Oakland technical hotspot and salon Tech Liminal and Oakland’s must-read independent politics and development blog, A Better Oakland had been advised to arrive:
With coffee mug and a laptop (or notebook and pen);
prepared to talk blogging

Alive in South Africa: When an expat goes ‘home’

September 10, 2009 – 10:45 am

What is it like to return to your roots, your soil, for the first time after you’ve emigrated and made …

Best Beaches Northern California: Flavors of Capitola and Santa Cruz

June 10, 2009 – 6:23 pm
View from the West Cliff Inn garden.
Which beach is best? Capitola with its cocktail cuisine has a party flavor — plus family appeal. Santa Cruz main beach has sea lions alongside the wharf, surfing beneath the cliffs and the famous Boardwalk.

Story and photos by Wanda Hennig
All travel has a culinary flavor, given that one has to eat. True culinary travel, however — I’d say what defines it is the focus. It’s about eating the specialties of a place. Learning about the food traditions of the people. It doesn’t imply eating lavishly, isn’t necessarily about haute cuisine, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Visiting a farmers market and creating a picnic from the produce stall … Read more

Insider guide to Fort Bragg: 20-plus delicious reasons to go there now

May 22, 2009 – 1:20 pm
Cheesecake at The Restaurant.
Could this be wine country’s new culinary hot spot?

Story and pictures: Wanda Hennig

Fort Bragg a hotbed of conscious creatives and sustainable agriculture activists? That wasn’t how I remembered it from previous visits. Good camping, yes, at the MacKerricher State Park three miles north on Highway 1; and the legendary Glass Beach that’s more interesting to read about than to visit; and unmemorable meals in the quaint harbor; and Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout at the North Coast Brewing Company. But now a foodie friend was telling me about their active Slow Food group and saying things like, “I went to Italy and saw what they were doing with agritourism in Tuscany and thought …