Exploring the world from an ever-widening sense of appreciation for community, culture and nature, Jamie Wood crafts articles of passion, connection and insight.
OC Family Magazine: On the Road to Oregon: A Costa Mesa mom forges a new connection with her teenage son as they travel the Pacific Coast.
I tossed a canvas bag of fruit from the Costa Mesa farmers market behind the driver’s seat and took off with my oldest son Skyler for our first one-on-one road trip. My car was packed with sleeping bags, a tent, water and clothes; and we headed north for a drive along the California coast to Oregon…read more
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Daily Pilot Commentary: Banning Ranch Warrants Protection from Development
What is Banning Ranch? Banning Ranch, the last large, open land in private hands on the Southern California coast, is in danger of irrevocable damage. The wild 400 acres sits along the Santa Ana River on the west and Superior Avenue on the East, near Newport Beach city limits…read more
Orange Coast Magazine: A Fading Scent
One of my first sexual experiences was in an Irvine orange grove. I can still remember the intoxicating scent of orange blossoms mixing with the pungent aroma of rotting fruit….read more
Edible OC: What’s the Buzz with Backyard Buzzers?
The buzz of a bee happily working a copious, vibrantly-colored garden is a wondrous spring and summertime sound. Unfortunately due to the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) the hum of bees isn’t as ubiquitous as it once…read more
Edible OC: Brewing Craft Beer in the OC
Enjoying craft beer at our local breweries has become a viable means of supporting community and the creativity that ensues. The trend for the local breweries in Orange County is growing and each has a unique style and something different to offer…read more
Edible OC: Does Media Inspire or Discourage Healthy Eating
Whether or not traditional or social media influences our eating habits is barely a question. We wouldn’t have an influx of food programs on radio and television, a plethora of foodie bloggers and magazines if the business model wasn’t working…read more
Edible OC: Pioneers of Health
Meet Seven catalysts who brought health consciousness to Orange County. Does following your passion create a healthy food system? It certainly can if you weave together enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle…read more
Edible OC: GMOS What are they and Why Should We Care?
“All eyes are on California,” says Pam Larry, who initiated the California Right to Know campaign in support of Proposition 37. On the ballot this November, Proposition 37 would require the labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs)…read more
SageWoman Magazine: The Healing Cloak of Womanhood
The three of us – my cousin Elise, Aunt Judyth and I – exited HIghway 101 onto a dusty, dirt road. We bumped over a stream that tumbled over rocks and moss, a jack rabbit calming watching us drive by. Sage Woman article