About

I am Tam. One Good Life is my site. I started it back in October, 2005 after a big fat dry spell in my journals and sketching led me to the instant gratification of self-publishing and digital photography. Long live the Web.

I moved to www.onegoodlife.com from Blogger and launched the current badass, I’m-so-Seventies-it-hurts redesign (a Varmint original) in February 2007.

One Good Life is about growing up as a native San Diegan, hanging out with native San Diegans, marrying a local surfer (a.k.a. The Varmint) and native San Diegan, giving birth to a native San Diegan, and living, eating, shopping, working - and now, raising a kid - in San Diego. It may be paradise, but it’s not always a picnic, so being a local has its advantages. Being a former editor for a city magazine does too: We get by on information and knowing good people, as opposed to the usual San Diego method of filling giant swimming pools full of cash.

It’s also about being willing to make an ass of yourself, channeling the sense of humor of a third-grade boy, backing into getting knocked up, hyperventilating over being a mom, lauding the power of girlfriends, ranting over gender issues, and extolling the virtues of travel, good design, one-of-a-kind finds and small businesses that really know their stuff.

Also, if you want to find the best carne asada burrito in the city (La Posta) or the one place to skip if you’re visiting SD for the weekend (Sea World) I might be able to help you with that, too.

I take pictures with my Nikon D70. Lots and lots of pictures. So if you get tired of reading, you can always skip the rest and just look at those.

I am a writer and lazy artist who loves travel, architecture and design. Right now, I'm into photography. My fabulous husband (a.k.a. The Varmint) and I are also the principals of a San Diego-based creative agency - and new parents to the divine Baby Mak. Read More >