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Amanda Coggin

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Amanda Coggin

I'm tickled pink that I can make a living doing what I love to do: write about how life cracks me up, blows my mind, and the silly experiences that keep it all flowing. I've moved enough times that I can&rsquo;t keep track on my fingers and toes and have traveled to over 35 countries. On a jaunt to Honduras, I crossed off one of my biggest fears from my list to discover the underwater world of respirators, coral, and how one swims alongside the fish. It helped that my dive instructor was a hot Argentinian. Only a few more fears to go, which I'll write about once I conquer them. I call San Francisco home since I've been here for fourteen years, except for Asia where I lived for two years, which still feels like my second home, just like the rest of the world does whenever I get out there to travel in it. Some of my life's most precious and challenging moments can be read at <b><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.amandacoggin.com">AmandaCoggin.com</a></b>&nbsp;where I spend most of my time working through the puzzle pieces of blog posts that will become my next book.

Stories by Amanda Coggin

I’m a wimp when it comes to bugs. So when an exceptionally large grasshopper made its way onto my blanket recently as I was lounging at the...
Yosh Han is one of those people who was lucky enough to recognize her passion early on; a heightened olfaction led her to the perfume industry. Now...
In Perversion of Justice, director Rev. Melissa Mummert introduces us to Hamedah Hasan, a mother of three serving a mandatory life sentence for a...
Kids eat the darndest things and for kids with celiac disease or who need a gluten-free diet, there are now plenty of options in grocery stores or...
You can avoid Lunchables, I promise. While working at a pre-K through eighth grade school, I noticed that what mattered in getting kids to eat their...
If your child’s school doesn’t provide what you consider nutritional lunches (see: Two Angry Moms on a Mission), you may likely feel...
Who knew that my fondness for Japanese seaweed salad might also protect me from breast cancer? Apparently researchers did. Nutrition studies are...
Every few weeks, James Rucker and Van Jones harass me … in a constructive way. By fusing email with activism through their political...
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hands out a flyer on their annual National Survivor’s Day that reads, “Every 16...
In a video on Slate V taken at the 2007 Correctional Food Conference, an employee staffing the Sweet Pickins booth pushes frozen peas and crinkle-cut...
Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California invites physically, mentally and developmentally disabled adults into their 12,000 square foot...
Judith Scott spent thirty-five years locked in a room at an institution until she emerged to become a sculpture artist, with work reviewed in the New...
As a child, my familiarity with Jewish culture extended no further than any information I’d managed to gather from a calendar featuring...
I first met Neda Mroueh during our junior year study abroad program in Rome when she was working on a cookbook filled with her family’s...
I prefer travel spots where the cost of living is cheaper than my hometown; that way, every vacation day allows me to soak up the sun and culture...

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