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21 Dec 2017

The Undeniable Greatness of ‘Christmas with the Chipmunks’

Today is Dec. 21, the calendar date depicted on the cover of the seminal 1962 album Christmas with the Chipmunks. This year is also the 55th anniversary of that Chipmunks Christmas album we all grew up with — but that we all grew up with different versions of. Christmas with

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15 Dec 2017

Keeping Christmas Creepy, One Tradition at a Time

Growing up, my mom collected nutcracker dolls. She had a couple that looked like Santas, some that looked like toy soldiers, one commemorating the 1988 winter Olympics, and two that were truly special. They were large. At four feet, they were about as tall as I was as a kid.

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14 Dec 2017

ZooLights: When The Oakland Zoo Glows at Night

Thousands upon thousands of LED lights flicker against a towering backdrop of eucalyptus, cypress, pine, oak, and elm. Acrylic cobwebs wrap the palm trees, walkways, and exhibits of the Zoo in intoxicating color. It’s the perfect place to bring friends, family, or a first date.

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01 Nov 2017

BAS Fiction– Them SpaceCrafts: Part One

THEM SPACECRAFTS: Part One by Devin Holt Turns out it’s good that Aunt Tina is so bitchy. Because if she wasn’t, none of this would have happened. Papi would have got burned in the fires, we never would have found them SpaceCrafts, and Damone wouldn’t be two-inches from becoming my

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27 Sep 2017

Finding the Perfect Dad Restaurant

My dad, by all accounts, is a great dad. He knows how to work on cars, loves war documentaries, and has perfectly corny dad jokes (I recently told him I saw a Bald Eagle in the wild and he told me, without missing a beat, to ask if its head

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10 Aug 2017

The Dangerous Myth of the Super Teacher

Created by Hollywood and sustained by the internet, the Super Teacher has taken many forms over the years. Initially, they were strictly a thing of the silver screen. When I tell people (especially older people) that I am a teacher in an inner-city school, they are quick to bring up

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07 Aug 2017

The Futility of Rock Climbing, and also Life

People invest a lot of time, money and effort climbing walls to nothing. This sisyphean hobby is the perfect metaphor for most of life. It’s hard, feelings of accomplishment are fleeting, and we don’t have to do it. The first time I went rock climbing was at summer camp. My parents

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20 Jul 2017

City Secrets : Free Horticulture & Floristry Classes for City Residents

I just took a class this summer called Introduction to Environmental Horticulture which was taught by Malcolm Hillan and it was so engaging, interesting and fun. The course consisted of lecture time, hands-on learning in the department’s gardens and greenhouses, and included some field trips too.

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