The Story Archive


The following recordings are from the East Bay, both events and just sunny inspiring days outside, during the spring of 2010. They are in MP3 format. To download them onto your computer, press “control click,” and download the file. Otherwise, feel free to stream them online.


Apr 26, 2010: “Student Organic Garden, Berkeley
At a little afternoon party during Earth week to celebrate the 39th birthday of the Berkeley Student Garden.

Apr 13, 2010: “Berkeley Farmers Market
A recording session with my old friend Geuseppi, who is traveling around with a bus serving free tea to people.

April 2, 2010: “First Friday Art Murmer
From the downtown monthly Oakland Arts event

April 2, 2010: “Around Oakland and Berkeley”
It is fun to be recording again!


Below are recordings of people that I recorded between Oakland and San Clemente, California, during the months of January and March, 2010.  Please feel free to listen and download them, they are all in MP3 format.


Feb 28, 2010: “Santa Barbara Arts Fair”
On my way back the coast, another stop at beautiful Santa Barbara!

Feb 26, 2010: “Orange county”
Huntington Beach, San Clemente, and the space between

Feb 23, 2010 : “All around LA…”
Final LA Days

Feb 21, 2010 : “Beverly Hills and Glendale”
This city is full of Variety!

Feb 18, 2010 : “LA”
These are from my days in LA. they are not super well organized by place, as I biked back and forth and all over the place a lot, and left my cart to return to it later sometimes, also…

Feb 15, 2010 : “Ventura”
Mostly a bunch of surfers, on a beautiful day at the beach

Feb 13, 2010 : “Santa Barbara Farmers Market”
A good long farmers market session. Farmers markets are my favorites!

Feb 11, 2010 : “Santa Barbara”
People outside of a yoga studio, and a few from a  student co-op

Feb 9, 2010:  “Lompoc toward Santa Barbara”
People along the road, and in the town of Lompoc.

Feb 8, 2010 :  “Guadalupe to Lompoc”
Some great people in Guatalupe.

Feb 7, 2010 : “Oceano”
Some wonderful people who took me home with them, and others in the little town.

Feb 6, 2010 : “San Louis Obispo at a pottery studio”
What a special group of artists!

Feb 4, 2010 : “San Louis Obispo Farmers Market”
San Louis Obispo at the farmers market (a favorite).

Feb 4, 2010 : “San Louis, around town”
San Louis Obispo, around town.

Feb 2, 2010 : “Big Sir to Cambria”
A whole bunch of people on the road between Big Sir and Cambria.

Feb 2, 2010 : “Tibet”
This Piece deserves its own track. From a man who got the Dali Lama into Ireland to begin the end of the war there.

Jan 30, 2010 : “Inside the institute”
People inside the Esilin Institute.

Jan 29, 2010 : “Preschool”
Around Big Sir again. Some kids at the preschool of the Esalin Institute, and some fellow travelers.

Jan 28, 2010 : “Bigsir”
Around Big Sir. Mostly people That I met on the road.

Jan 26, 2010 : “Just go sailing”
Recordings of a family in Seaside, and a couple about to take off to go sailing in Monterrey.

Jan 25, 2010 : “A Salina Shelter”
Recordings at the shelter in Salinas, and people along the way between Watsonville and seaside.

Jan 23, 2010 : “Watsonville”
Here are the recordings from my journey between Aptos and Watsonville.

Jan 23, 2010 : “Aptos”
These are the recordings of the people I stayed with in Aptos, and some who I met in a cafe there.

Jan 20, 2010 : “Santa Cruz”
A few days in Santa Cruz, stories from downtown, the farmers market, and the trailer park.

Jan 17, 2010 : “Some Co-op people”
I Stayed in a co-op in Santa Cruz, with some of these people. They actually responded to the last person fairly directly. I like the way this one turned out, and plan to ask people to record in this way again.

Jan 16, 2010 :  “Road Trippers on Highway 1”
These funny artists pulled their car over to see what was going on. They were on a road trip to find the biggest tree in California.

Jan 15, 2010 : “Ocean Beach to Half Moon Bay”
These recordings happened sporadically throughout the day, starting in Ocean beach, and ending in Half Moon Bay.

Jan 13, 2010 : “Lake Merrit”
This was a sweet little recording session, short because it was interrupted early, but well received.


These three recordings are from walks that I took during the month of September, from UC Berkeley to Downtown Oakland on Telegraph Avenue. This walk is especially interesting to me because of the diversity on this street. I walked through many many different communities and many peoples lives, while staying within five miles of my home.

Sept 6, 2009 : “A Walk Down Telegraph – 1”

Sept 13, 2009 : “A Walk Down Telegraph – 2”

Sept 20, 2009 : “A Walk Down Telegraph – 3”


19 responses to “The Story Archive

  1. Hey there. I was your cashier at Trader Joe’s a few days ago, where you gave me — and the woman in line behind you — this blog address. Looks like a fascinating journey you’re on. Really cool. Good luck!

    All my best and take care,


  2. cynthia, marissa , bob

    Maria, so cool to touch base with you thru your blog!
    We will be keeping track and loving your adventures.
    Sooo proud of you, still remember the little girl in the back of our car (when we picked you up hitch-hiking to school at 13) and telling us “I’m going to Africa”.
    Love you and Aloha,
    from all of us

  3. Sarah Bryant

    Dear Maria

    I’ll tell you what inpires me! You do! This project is incredible, and you have totally made my day. One day I will tell you more details, hopefully when we run into each other on the trail.

    Your mother sent me the link to your blog. You won’t remember me, because the last time I saw you you were about nine months old, Finn’s third (I think) birthday. I dropped by Friday Harbor on my way from Colorado to San Francisco. Ask Liza what our realationship is.

    But here’s another weird connection for you. (Sitting down?) I live in a small town in South of France. Guess whom I met recently and have become friendly with: Susie and Caroline Bryant. So when you get to the East Coast, pack that contraption on a plane and come share stories with us.

    You are absolutely right, the world is tiny place, and we are all family, one way or another. These kinds of connections happen to me all the time. So the thing inside you don’t see when you look at me (or anyone) is the thread, and I have a very BIG bobin!

    Here’s a link to a fantastic Senegalese sculpter named Ousmane Sow, whom I thought of immediately even before your heads finished scrolling up on my screen. Wow!

    With love and boundless admiration,

    • Maria

      Wow! Crazy! South of France…. Sounds pretty good. I talked to Annie when she came home to visit. It sounds pretty magical over there. I will check out the artist right now, Contemporary african sculpture is possibly my favorite thing ever.

  4. Megan

    What an amazing adventure and innovative idea of how to connect people all over the world. Thank you for displaying such unending compassion and showing us that we all have a story to share.
    You are an inspiration.

  5. Megan

    What an amazing adventure you have created and an innovative idea to connect people all over the world. Thank you for your unending compassion and for showing us that we all have a story to share.

  6. Josh H.


    You never fail to amaze me with your ideas and the way you live life. This is the coolest project ever,. You should write a book when your done!

    • Maria

      Thanks Josh- you too, Maybe we can meet up somewhere in California, and you can record a song… then we can both end up famous!

  7. Loren O'Hanrahan

    hope your journey is going well
    I just wanted to let you know how amazing and inspiring you are, and let you know how wonderful it was to have you at Chavez co-op
    I hope your travels are wonderful and magnificent and if you are ever in santa cruz please stop by so we can hear all about the rest of your journey!
    we are all happy with your visit and give you a huge hug of luck
    -Loren (and the rest of the house)

  8. Bruce Lee Bowman

    hey maria,

    this is the honeymooners you met on wednesday the 27th, around the big sir area. i gave u some water and u were fixing your flat.
    anyways, it was awesome to meet ya and seeing your webpage shows that you really have a cool thing going on. to meet all these wonderful people is what lifes about.
    your an inspiring person to make this journey – meeting you makes me realize how much i miss traveling and getting out of the routine that we can somtimes bring on ourselves.
    my wife and i told our families about you –
    we will always remember our honey moon and the young lady we met on the highway pulling something that we were both like ( wtf is that thing?)
    God bless you and your travels and the people u meet.
    keep on keeping on – (quote by joe dirt)
    take care,
    Bruce and Marlynn Bowman

    • Maria

      You were great to meet too. It is fun to meet people in such a lovely and positive and important place in your lives together!

  9. Finn

    Little sis. Awesome Blog page.
    It made my slowish work day much better.

    This trip sounds so fun!!!!
    Love Finn

    • Maria

      Thanks finn! If you have any free time after toms wedding, and want to go camping, I am thinking about doing the same thing from corvallis down to the bay, if there is anywhere along there that you want to hang out for a couple of days.

  10. I loved looking at your web site and listening to all the comments! What a great project you are doing! I will pass the site along to others… Where are the pictures posted? Good luck in your continued travels, Gail

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