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Shinzen Friendship Garden, Fresno

Chase proposed to me twice: once, in a Christmas stocking; another time, at the Shinzen Friendship Garden here in Fresno. We’re marrying this July.


I’d love to celebrate our one-year anniversary in Shinzen, but since we live the starving artist slash part-time educator life, returning to the gardens might be the safer landing point, …y’know, if I’m miscalculating reasonable travel goals.



Kourtnie McKenzie holds an MFA (Fiction) from Fresno State and a BA in English (Literature Studies) from Cal State Fullerton. When she isn't writing novellas, she's moonlighting as a professor at Fresno City College and College of the Sequoias. To read more of her writing, visit

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