Wilhelmina Joyce Jui Wren, the author of Pacific Living, has lived and worked all over the world. She admits that one of the best and most beautiful places she has ever been is California. “So varied and rich is the lifestyle with valleys, mountains, maritime spectaculars and amazing terrain”, that Wilhelmina was inspired to create Pacific Living. Though admittedly crunched for time with career, family and community/volunteer work activities, Wilhelmina feels compelled to portray the cultural, culinary and great outdoors opportunities for adventure and fun that only her home state can offer in aces and spades!
“I wanted to dedicate it to all my friends and acquaintances, who love California but can’t be here.” She was struck by a story a friend had told her: driving a foreign exchange college student/roommate to the airport, who wept all the way to SFO because she didn’t want to leave. And her own experience while living overseas: speaking with acquaintances and co-workers who had once lived in the “other Pacific Rim”, who would happily tell of their California experience – having studied, worked, even dated and found their future husband/wife. “This look would come over their faces, suddenly they were transported in time”. Wilhelmina would be regaled with stories, their tellers waxing nostalgic and even becoming misty-eyed at the mere mention of places like Point Reyes, Berkeley, Carmel, and Santa Barbara.
“We all leave school, get jobs and move on with our lives, but never forget the wonderful magic moments of being in the right place at the right time – with good company, good food and great adventure!” And so . . . Pacific Living is born!
“We live in one of the most diverse places in the world in terms of people, lifestyles, food, drink and even climate!” (Ref. the famous Northern California “microclimates”!) ” There is a lot to celebrate and for all those who live, love, or just want to be in tune with California’s beauty and abundance.” We hope you enjoy this and postings to come!