Joy Elan

24 Aug 2017

The Evolution of Art & Soul Festival in Oakland

August 19th and 20th was the 17th annual Art & Soul Festival in Oakland. I had not attended one in a few years and it was nice to get out and enjoy the music, performances, food, and most of all, the community.  Before there was Art & Soul, there was

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28 Jul 2017

The Dire Need for Vocational Classes in High Schools

There are many people with degrees who are not working in their field, drowning in student loans, and trying to survive. Are we in the age where a college education is becoming somewhat obsolete? I find people taking vocational/trade courses because they know that we will always need a plumber,

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07 Jun 2017

Hometown Hero Kev Choice Will be at Yoshi’s on June 30th

There is a musician from Oakland who has been rocking stages around the world for years. He plays the piano, raps and produces, just to name a few of his many talents. You may have heard of him. His name is Kev Choice. He has released four albums and tours

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16 Mar 2017

Tech Workers Have the Nerve to Complain about Cost, Traffic, and the Homeless

There has been a lot of division between beliefs and lifestyles in the Bay Area. This is not regarding political parties; this is about regular working people and tech workers. The two worlds that have been colliding are becoming almost similar once the tech workers started complaining about the cost

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02 Feb 2017

Advocating for Parents in Special Education

Parents, what do we do when we learn that our child/children has a learning disability? In some ways, we want to deny it and say that they are being labeled for having too much energy or maybe they prefer a specific subject more than others. Disability is a broad term

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22 Jan 2017

United, We Stand in Oakland (A Quick Reflection)

The Women’s March in Oakland sent out a message, not only do we not support Trump, but we support each other. As many as 60,000-80,000 people showed up to march around Lake Merritt and up to City Hall at Frank Ogawa Plaza. The march started around 10:30 or 11 am and

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29 Nov 2016

Self-Care Tips for All Year Around

This time of year can be hard for many people. Sometimes we’re so busy helping others that we forget to take care of ourselves. I’ve learned how important self-care is, especially during difficult times like the holidays and recently with the not-my-president-elect. Here are some tips to help you in case

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