About an hour north of Bodega Bay nestled in the rugged terrain of this unique northern California coast landscape sits (lightly on the land) a place called Sea Ranch. We spend three days exploring beaches, wandering in tide pools and enjoying amenities of this community.
For the past six months, author Susan Salluce and I have been capturing the stories of individuals who all have one thing in common: tattoo as the language of grief. About 30 altogether, each narrative tells a story of loss in 500 words and a single photo.
I would support that the cultural climate of today's teen (13-18 years old) is not as unique or dire as some of the analysis suggests. However, their challenges should not be overlooked or underestimated as the previous generation glances in the rearview mirror recalling that mischievous trouble they lived to tell about. This group of teens are inundated with technology like never before, deal with a heightened level of social pressure, and often come from broken homes where they receive mixed messages from mom and dad.