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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

Suicide is spoken of in secret, I should know, and I’m trying to change its private whispers to a conversation that is dying to be heard. When...
I wouldn’t call myself a nudist. I like hiking to obscure hot springs that allow me to stand naked under waterfalls, and nude beaches are a...
I live in one of the yuppiest neighborhoods in the city. It wasn’t exactly by choice; it’s where I happened to land a year ago, but I...
Gil Garcetti is known for his starring role as the District Attorney of Los Angeles County during the prosecution of the O.J. Simpson trial, as well...
When I was a kid, I used to spend weekends at my father and stepmother’s house. My stepmother ran her house just like the cottage it had been...
I went home for my dad’s 70th birthday celebration a few weekends ago. My parents had been holding onto some last remaining items for me,...
A potential candidate for my next gay boyfriend recommended that I come see a fashion show and since it doesn’t take much to get me to a new...
When I turned thirty a few years back, I asked my mom for a haircut. She usually emails a month in advance to ask what I would like for my birthday,...
Claire Burch moved to the Bay Area in 1978 from Brooklyn, which she tells me from her Craftsman home in Berkeley, California. Her home holds a cavern...
Fire Captain Michele Richards sits across from me in an office at the firehouse on the grounds of NASA Ames Research Center, just an hour down the...
It wasn’t until I was sitting on a ledge of a large window last week, in a room packed with powerful, outspoken women, that I realized I had...
Emme is in the ninth grade. She came back to her old school as alumni to cheer on her former schoolmates who were just graduating from eighth grade...
Zanzibar (Africa’s “Spice Islands”) is better known for its clove, cinnamon, and pepper than high transmission rates of HIV and...
When I was out dancing a few weekends back, I saw most of the usual characters. There was the guy who sweats too much, gets in my face, and points...
When my boyfriend and I first met, I probably had about five hundred dollars in the bank. The other five hundred had gone to my reasonable rent in a...

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