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About Christine Brun

Christine Brun is an author and syndicated columnist who writes about lifestyle trends, design, architecture and furnishings. A native Californian, she graduated with a BA in Art from San Diego State University and studied Art History in Mexico. For many years Ms. Brun operated her own interior design firm in San Diego specializing in residential design, new construction, and remodels. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and taught Business Practices at the Design Institute of San Diego.

Her syndicated column, “Small Spaces” focuses on small American homes that have been shrinking for twenty years in response to a shifting economy. She is the author of Big Ideas for Small Space and Small Space Living. Christine serves on the Advisory Board for the Interior Design Department at San Diego Mesa College and is a volunteer for children in the foster care system as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Voices for Children, officially representing children in the Dependency Court in San Diego, CA.

Christine lives in San Diego with her husband Charles G. Abdelnour, a long serving City Clerk of the city of San Diego, and their two American labs. She is an avid gardener, kayaker and cook who enjoys walking, yoga and travel.

I Am the Storm: Grappling With The Election Results

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Culture & Life, Featured Author, Opinion, Popular, Women and Culture, Women and Politics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Can we create a recipe that both nurtures us as women and encourages our public protests? A part of me is literally buoyant with the idea that I can be effective in causing enough commotion to make a political difference, but it doesn’t have to be viewed only as protest. I can be the storm in my unique way and so can you.

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No Room at the Inn

By | December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Featured Author, Opinion, Popular, Top Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

“No room at the inn” is the well-known seasonal phrase that has been rattling around in my head this week. As I addressed Christmas cards the other night I watched a movie about the Nativity. This time however, something struck me differently. I stopped to consider the meaning of being turned away from safety and security.

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Words Matter

By | December 14th, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Opinion, Popular, Top Stories, Women and Politics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Words matter. “Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more,” Chinese philosopher Confucious wrote thousands of years ago.

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On Loss: Missing a Loved One During the Holidays

By | December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Events, Family, Health & Wellness, Relationships, Top Stories Headline, Wellness, Women and Culture, Women and Life|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In a perfect world, the holidays offer the best of times filled with warmth and companionship. We luxuriate in the love of those who mean everything to us. When a loss occurs, not only are celebratory patterns threatened, but suddenly it becomes painful to negotiate a regular day.

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When We Feel Safe

By | November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Culture & Life, Events, Featured Author, Opinion, Top Stories, Women and Politics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

When we feel safe, we trust. I no longer feel safe. My country doesn’t look like the country that I believed it was and I am mourning. Hot tears are always close and I am not a woman who cries easily.

Got the Winter Blues? You may have SAD

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: Featured Author, Health & Wellness, Relationships, Top Stories Headline, Wellness, Women and Life|Tags: , , , , , , |

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression and anxiety related to the decrease of sunlight in the autumn months. It generally starts at about the same time each year and, not surprisingly, ends when spring reliably delivers more sunlight each day.

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