Archive of Serendipity

Acceptance and Gratitude

on February 2nd, 2014 in Serendipity by | Comments Off

Recently I had the good fortune to find a forgotten family gem, personal histories from WWII written by two of my grandfather’s brothers. It was an opportunity to learn about uncles I barely knew and get personal insights into one of the most important events of the 20th century. What…

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Explainers

on December 13th, 2013 in Brand and Business, Communication, Serendipity by | Comments Off

This weekend a friend was in town, and visitors are great prompts to do all the local things we don’t get around to — in this case, the new Exploratorium! Something that caught my eye is their name for exhibit guides: Explainers. It’s a miniscule detail compared to the immensity…

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The comfort of ritual

on October 13th, 2013 in Serendipity by | Comments Off

I first visited Tadich more than 25 years ago during my first family trip to San Francisco. Over the years we have returned there time after time for local classics like cioppino, hangtown fry, and petrale sole. Tadich is a San Francisco institution, the oldest restaurant in the city and…

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Desert calm

on October 10th, 2013 in Serendipity by | Comments Off

I have always found the desert Southwest immensely calming. I assumed it was simply the comfortable feeling of being back in my childhood home — it never felt right when I lived in states without mountains — but on my last trip it occurred to me it could be the…

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Packaging for Dummies

on February 19th, 2013 in Brand and Business, Communication, Serendipity by | Comments Off

I laughed when I saw this. Part of me wants to be offended by packaging that assumes our incompetence, but considering how many times I’ve overlooked or mangled a resealable strip I have to admit it’s spot-on.

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Mine

on February 14th, 2013 in Brand and Business, Communication, Serendipity by | Comments Off

I love this feature in my newest Boden catalog – sticky tabs to flag items you like instead of having to turn down page corners. Arriving days before Valentine’s Day, its messages of “Mine” and “Love” also subtly (cleverly?) call to mind candy conversation hearts. Putting on my marketer hat,…

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My theme for 2013: Believe

on December 14th, 2012 in Serendipity by | Comments Off

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, chooses a theme for the new year — one word (give or take) that encapsulates her goals and desires. This year, her theme is Bigger: My theme? Bigger. We’re so often encouraged to pursue simplicity; I fight my urge to simplify, to keep…

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Back to 1968

on November 21st, 2012 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

The 1968 exhibit at OMCA is so packed with facts and experiences I needed a second visit to take it in. As years go, it’s hard to imagine many more momentous in modern U.S. politics and culture than 1968, considering the assassinations of King and Kennedy, a pivotal election, the Vietnam…

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Do It Now

on September 21st, 2012 in Serendipity by | Comments Off

The book The Happiness Project has inspired me to find ways to bring more energy in my life. The most important lesson for me to implement: Do it now. I’ve been wanting to master this particular commandment for years — I long to act faster and check off long-standing to-do…

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Earthquake mashups

on September 1st, 2012 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

This photo mashup series by Shawn Clover that merges images from the 1906 earthquake and San Francisco today is a fantastic concept, with stunning execution. From the artist: To put these photos together, I first create a catalog of historical photos that look like they have potential to be blended….

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