birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.


I have lived in many places since I left California and my heart still belongs to my hometown of Toluca Lake. I spent half of my formative years in the Hollywood Hills and the other half in Toluca Lake. I will claim one or the other to anyone who asks where I am from depending on my mood. Both places offer fond and grounding memories even if some were painful.I think everyone defines hometown differently. A hometown can be a place that gives perspective to the roadmap of one's life as a place of hope, comfort, identity, family, inspiration, motivation, etc. I think t is the place that resonates with one's spirit rather than where one grew up.


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