Join the California Dreaming Blog Madeleine Brand invites you to join in the conversation about the California Dream. We're blogging this summer on the topic and you can contribute.

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OK, dreamers and non-dreamers. We've heard from some of you, and we'd like to hear from more of you. Day to Day has a blog. It's called Daydreaming, and you can find it at And there we are looking at the economy through the lenses of the California dream.


Many of you have emailed to tell us about your dashed dreams. Kyle Gibson writes, "When I was a kid, I used to think of Cali as a fantasy like place of sunshine and happy faces. I've finally made it California at 30, and I stayed for six years. What a sad disappointment. I am very grateful to have come from the east coast and even more grateful to be back."

COHEN: Mora Shartrain (ph) is a native Californian. She moved to Oregon a year and a half ago. She writes, "the California dream was long gone for me after 40 plus years. The state is no longer what it once was. People are frequently rude. There's a sense of entitlement that's undeserved. There are maniacs on the road. Not to mention it's so darn expensive to live there. Oregon offers a lifestyle like California used to have."

BRAND: And John F. Alexander (ph) says, "I am the anti dreamer."

COHEN: He and his wife are from a long line of Californians. His wife's great aunt is the woman on the Sun Maid raisin's box.

BRAND: But now, they live in Plant City, Florida.

COHEN: California is nothing like it used to be in the '60s and '70s, he writes. It is portrayed as something it is not. The land of milk and honey, more like the land of over population and high priced housing.

BRAND: If you want to read more or weigh in, pro or con, go to our blog. It's at

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