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Bay Area Schools Train Next Gen Tradespeople

Bay Area Schools Train Next Gen Tradespeople By Catherine Baldi In February our daughter Sofia was accepted into the Academy for Business and Finance at our local San Leandro district high school. The Academy is a three-year program that provides academic and technical training to prepare students for the workforce as well as for higher education. These types of programs are a critical resource at [...]

2019-03-28T07:30:28-08:00March 27th, 2019|

Manager, Micromanager, or a Hands-Off Remodeler? Part 1 of 2

Manager, Micromanager, or a Hands-Off Remodeler? Adapted from an article by Laura Gaskill via Houzz (click image to enlarge) When you’re planning a remodel, there is plenty to think about. But one thing that might not be on your radar is your level of interaction with the process and, by extension, with the professionals involved. How this plays out can impact everything [...]

2019-05-10T09:23:56-08:00March 27th, 2019|

Harmonizing Your Home For Better Health And Wealth

Harmonizing Your Home For Better Health And Wealth By Michelle Duffy Feng Shui is an art and a science. There are different forms practiced throughout the East including in Tibet, India, and China. Each version holds the fundamental concept that “placement” or arranging of the objects invites the natural world into our homes or any space through the “Five Elements” to calm, nourish, and [...]

2019-04-12T14:31:33-08:00February 27th, 2019|

Reading the Stars and Charting 2019

Reading the Stars and Charting 2019 Ernesto, the kids, and I spent the first week of the year in Sea Ranch, California, letting go of 2018 and committing to new and better selves in 2019. Like any good captain and crew who look to the sea and stars before they set sail, in our family, and in our business, we take time in [...]

2019-03-04T15:48:52-08:00January 31st, 2019|

A Few Of Our Favorite Organizations

A Few Of Our Favorite Organizations Growing up Catholic, we were asked to tithe a portion of our earnings to the church. Today, in the Bay Area and Northern California, there are many organizations that do the kind of good works that churches can’t do. December is the season to offer dollars and support to those that strengthen our local community. Of course, there [...]

2019-02-26T01:36:59-08:00December 20th, 2018|

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 [...]

2018-11-21T00:06:49-08:00November 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 [...]

2018-11-13T22:35:09-08:00October 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. [...]

2018-11-13T21:58:03-08:00September 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 communities [...]

2019-09-25T17:08:46-08:00September 1st, 2018|

Sweet Summer Magic in the Sierras

Family time is what we do all of this for and what life is all about. We work hard over here, but on occasion we get away to enjoy the beauty of Northern California and swim! This year we went with good friends to a place called Mono Hot Springs. If you have not been there, I highly recommend it. Just 70 miles [...]

2018-07-27T00:21:23-08:00July 26th, 2018|