From watchmaking Sherpas to Mother Norway, a spring crop of good stories

Sherpas who became luxury watchmakers. A woman dubbed “Mother Norway” for opening her Berkeley home to hundreds of visiting Norwegian college students. A scavenger hunt through San Francisco’s hidden dining scene, and a profile of a “freeway farmer” in East Palo Alto. Stories about youthful ambition, the struggles of aging, an immigrant’s triumph and a mother’s perseverance. As I prepare for the Autumn Quarter and the arrival of a new group of Stanford graduate journalism students, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. So here’s a look back at some of the articles produced in the spring for the long-form writing course I taught:

By Samantha Larson — Atop Everest, two Sherpas and a watchmaker forged a friendship that changed their lives

By Karoline Flam — ‘Mother Norway’ welcomes waves of college students visiting Bay Area

By Laura Green — The Essential Things: Move managers help the aging trim down a life’s possessions

By Ravali Reddy — Opening Barbie’s Box: Blog chronicles challenges of parenting ‘gender creative’ boy

By Xandra Clark — A scavenger hunt through San Francisco’s hidden food scene

By Jordan Richard-Craven — Graduating Sunday, Stanford senior seeks Stockton City Council seat in November

By Emily DeRuy — An immigrant’s journey from shadowy food carts to successful entrepreneurship

By David Ruiz — Through experience, Peninsula woman offers support for families recovering from loss

By Kate Abbott — Following his own path, Native American artist aims to turn ‘silver into gold’

By Alexei Koseff — Freeway Farmer: In the shadow of 101, grower preserves East Palo Alto’s agricultural history

By Stephanie Soderborg — Bay Area startup brings social networking to the open road

By Billy Gallagher — For Stanford’s Whalen, another chance to play with Luck

These and many other articles can be found on our program’s multimedia news website, the Peninsula Press.