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06 Jul 2021

I’m Finally Hopeful About the Future of San Francisco

For the first time in a long time, I’m optimistic about the future of San Francisco. I know that’s a weird thing to say considering most of us barely leave the house, tons of people don’t have jobs and many of our favorite institutions keep closing down. But honestly, I can’t remember the last time I felt SF was so full of hope.

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21 May 2021

Things We Should Have Learned from the Pandemic….But Didn’t

But as we lurch toward what the new normal will look like after this harrowing experience, I wonder, have the people in power learned anything?

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18 Jan 2021

The 100 Best Cheap Eats in the Bay Area

This list of great places to eat in the Bay Area will leave you smiling and probably drooling. All these joints are incredibly well priced, locally owned, delicious, and serving takeout in 2021. You can get something delicious, that will also fill you up, at all these eateries for under

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21 May 2021

How San Francisco Changed My Life

So much of what I do now, so much of my devotion to this problematic, maddening, beautiful, brilliant, heartbreaking, mystifying city is tied to the way San Francisco made me feel when I was in my early 20s. It was a city of dreamers and believers, seekers and preachers, people who didn’t belong anywhere else, and never wanted to anyways. It was a city of “hell yes!” in a world of too much “no.”

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22 Dec 2020

I Want the World to be Better Than it is Right Now

I want to walk through our thoroughfares en masse, in unison, in celebration of something — anything — instead of in protest. I want to hold hands with a stranger while we do this, just because it feels right.

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29 Jun 2020

Is the Internet Worth it? Do The Good Parts Outweigh the Bad?

The story goes that when the Great Library of Alexandria burned down in 48 B.C., it had a copy of every book in the “known world.” Its destruction represented the annihilation of so much of the world’s knowledge that humanity lost things that are now gone forever. What’s remarkable is that each of us holds, in our pocket or bag, a device that connects us to infinitely more information than could have ever been held in a million Great Libraries.

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25 Jun 2020

Is San Francisco a Friendly City?

Has staring at technology and navigating sidewalks where there are often mentally ill people made us more anti-social?

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06 May 2020

Honor Your Mom by Bailing Out Someone Else’s for Mother’s Day

For the past couple years I’ve been doing something extra special for my mom on Mother’s Day. It’s not flowers, it’s not candy, it’s not even a card. I’ve been helping bail someone else’s mother out of jail. And I’ll be doing the same this year.

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08 Nov 2019

When the City You Love Doesn’t Love You Back

“The city is cruel to the weak, deaf to those who love it, and subservient only to those who are wrecking it. Like all neurotics, the city hates its friends, and loves its enemies.”

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