Holidays

03 Jul 2019

Reclaiming Patriotism in Today’s America

As a teenager, I had an American flag bandanna I’d wear on my head – not for any particular ideological reason, I just liked it. My grandmother, on the other hand, was not a fan. “If your grandfather could see you now, he’d roll over in his grave.” My grandfather,

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29 May 2019

The East Bay Shows Some Early Pride

Sure, the San Francisco Pride festivities scheduled for the end of June are in a league of their own, drawing crowds of LGBTQ and allies from around the globe and that alone is an amazing thing to be part of. Oakland’s formal Pride weekend in September will give us all

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20 Mar 2019

Party Like a Pagan for Spring!

Happy Ostara, folks! Today is the vernal equinox, one of only two times in the long year where night and day are perfectly in balance – 12 hours of sunshine followed by 12 hours of darkness. This year is a little extra special with a full moon on the rise

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13 Feb 2019

Diabolical Valentine’s Day: Break Up Unhappy Couples

Valentine’s Day is just a day away…oh, joy! Nobody really knows why we claim Feb. 14 as the one special day of the year to express the love. If you look at different origin stories the holiday may be based on, it makes no sense at all that we choose

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12 Feb 2019

Hallmark Cards to Grandparents Now Subtly Mention Inheritance

It’s nearly  Valentines Day again, and America is gearing up for a lovely day full of candy, chocolate, & romance.  Holiday Card makers Hallmark are also gearing up for a very busy week of business, but it’s not all hearts and cherubs at company headquarters this year.  It turns out Hallmark’s

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02 Jan 2019

Guns Are for Self-Defense, Not Celebration

Let’s start with the good news: A 6-year-old girl is in stable condition. The bad news: A 6-year-old girl ended up with a bullet in her head to begin with! The child was at a New Year’s Eve party with family on the 9600 block of Thermal Street in Oakland

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27 Dec 2018

Bay News: Surprise Santas, Missing Warriors, Big Hearts, Petty BS and Free Ice Cream

For many, this past week was a time for last-minute stress shopping, followed by mass stress eating. But whether you’re of the Christmas-celebrating kind or not into that at all, we hope you had a chance to get next to some loved ones and make the holiday stress all worth

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21 Dec 2018

What It’s Like Spending Xmas Alone in NYC

Christmas is fast approaching and, thank god, because at this point images of Mariah Carey singing “Santa Baby” literally project onto the inside of my eyelids when I close them. As tough as hearing the same stale songs over and over is, it’s even tougher spending the holidays alone. Luckily,

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