Sundays with Stella is a weekly reader-supported newsletter about finding meaning and exploring the bittersweet symphony of life through storytelling, collage art, and photography. Life takes a turn or throws us a curveball. Underneath, some kind of beauty emerges. Life also brings us love, joy, growth, challenges, and many more. May the stories, photographs, and collages serve as a gentle nudge, inviting us to awaken to our own light. Together, may we illuminate the path toward a kinder world.

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The WHY behind Sundays with Stella

Growing up, I discovered those conversations at the adult table were more interesting than at the kids' table. I usually walked over to where my aunts, uncles, and grandparents gathered after meals and listened as they told stories, cajoled, and bantered together.

For years, I've written down in my journals tiny details of everyday life and pieces of conversations I've heard or picked up. Anything that sparked my curiosity or touched me deeply, I tried to record.

Age 5. Hundred Islands. Pangasinan, Philippines.

"When are you writing a book?" my good friend Gail always asked me before she was diagnosed with dementia. We used to exchange emails regularly and chat on the phone for an hour or two. We had long conversations on her backyard patio or in her living room during my yearly visits to Santa Barbara, California. She kept insisting I had something worth sharing with the world. She encouraged me for years until she couldn't anymore. Each interaction is precious these days.

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The Mind Forgets but the Heart Remembers
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Gail Miller and Me. Christmas Day 2016. Mt. Carmel Church. Montecito, CA.

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About Stella

Stella Kalaw was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She earned a BA in Communication Arts at De La Salle University, Manila, and a BA in Professional Photography at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. Publications such as the New York Times, Gastronomica, and Wine Enthusiast have featured her portrait and editorial work. The Singapore International Photography Festival, The Ayala Museum, Wall Space Gallery, Kala Art Gallery, and Rayko Gallery have exhibited her fine art photographs. She is a former Photo Editor at Airbnb. She is based in San Francisco, California.

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Finding meaning and noticing the bittersweet symphony of life through storytelling, collage art, and photography.


Stella Kalaw

Photographer, artist, & storyteller based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The New York Times, Gastronomica, and Wine Enthusiast have featured her portrait and editorial work. Former photo editor at AirBnb.