Wilhelmina Joyce Jui Wren 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, sea and rich agricultural lands”, that Wilhelmina was inspired to write 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 student/college 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 was born. We hope you enjoy this and postings to come!