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When is a silent retreat not silent? When I take it! Lately I’ve been craving silence. I’m sick to death of talking about the shattering of my 17-year relationship, so I searched for a silent retreat near San Diego where I could do a little yoga and meditation and just spend time healing myself. I stumbled upon San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center just an hour away near Julian. Jennifer, the coordinator for the center, said the 2-day yoga and stillness retreat wasn’t 100% silent, but I was welcome to take that option if I chose. When I got there, however, I…

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In 8th grade, I accompanied my best friend on a cross-country family vacation that culminated at Venice Beach. My memories are warm and golden, like the sand that crept into crevasses and required my friend and I to scrub thoroughly to get it out. Beyond that, I don’t remember much. Recently I found myself down the street from Venice Beach, so decided to take a detour on my business trip to reignite that memory. Venice Beach is an interesting place. If you’ve ever watched the Netflix show Flaked (and I highly recommend you do), you’ll understand a bit about the vibe.…