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The Many Dimensions of Thanksgiving

The cultural tapestry of the Bay Area is rich and varied and contains cross-sections of the many peoples and cultures that make up our America. Living here, we are privileged to have immediate access to a myriad of perspectives on the holidays we celebrate. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays; it has a multidimensional story that is complex — and important to weave into [...]

2018-12-03T15:55:23+00:00November 20th, 2018|

Turning and Returning

I love October. Not only is it the month of crispy leaves and long shadows, it is also when we get to celebrate Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Similarly known as All Souls Day in the Catholic tradition, this holiday is dedicated specifically to reaching out to those close to us who have crossed over. Bay Area Reclaiming holds a public ritual to celebrate [...]

2018-11-13T22:34:44+00:00October 30th, 2018|

L’Shanah Tova! Happy New Year!

Photo Credit: My Jewish Learning Yes, this September is the new year for our Jewish clients. Every year this time we are requested to finish work before the start of Rosh Hashanah or are at least told that a 2-day hiatus will be taken from all activity. I have always loved a tradition that stops the regular week and honors the sacred. [...]

2018-11-13T22:28:14+00:00September 28th, 2018|

At the Core, I’m an Idealist

This month we celebrate 14! A fourteen-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old business. The day we came home from the hospital with our new baby, we had a brand-new contractor’s license waiting for us. I didn’t mean to become a contractor. My father and my uncles were and are, builders. I grew up around construction sites. Then college, then activist work in support of indigenous [...]

2018-10-08T16:28:18+00:00September 1st, 2018|

Riding for a Cause

Riding For A Cause Not only do we appreciate our Clients for their business, but for their personal endeavors in contributing to our community in a positive and enriching way. We had the pleasure of donating to Andrew’s recent AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride and getting to know him on a more personal level. Thank you, Andrew and Julie, for all that you do to help those [...]

2018-10-05T15:52:54+00:00July 5th, 2018|

Heart of the Home

This year one of our favorite projects was featured in the Children’s Support League (CSL) Annual Heart of the Home tour. If you don’t know about the Children’s Support League, please take a moment to read through this article to learn about one of the finest organizations in the Bay Area.

2018-05-31T11:44:54+00:00May 31st, 2018|

Rebuilding One Neighbor at a Time

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead I am passionate about home and family and love to give back to organizations that support folks who don’t have the full capacity to care for them. This weekend I will be volunteering as House Captain on a [...]

2018-05-02T14:57:06+00:00April 29th, 2018|

The Master Craftsman at Work

My Mother’s surname is Arana and I am Ernesto Perez Arana. I originally come from Guatemala, but I often say that I was born again in San Francisco, Dolores Park to be exact. In the 1980s I made the City my home and that there is where I took up the Craft, the trade of painting homes. I work with my hands and while I [...]

2018-03-19T18:30:53+00:00March 19th, 2018|

Camp Arroyo – Gem in the East Bay Hills

Our youngest child Alexi went away to sleep away camp for the first time last week. What a milestone! Through the San Leandro School District, he and his classmates went to Camp Arroyo located within the East Bay Regional Park District and just 45 minutes south of Oakland. “Camp Arroyo,” says the Camp’s website, “is a beautiful residential camp serving children year-round as a [...]

2018-03-01T17:55:45+00:00March 1st, 2018|