Soft non-sci-fi

I had a brief moment, after arriving at a brunch in Redwood City today, where I couldn’t think of an icebreaker for the slight lull in conversation after I’d settled into a seat. Then I remembered a couple of fellow brunchers from a previous gathering, and asked them: “So, have you read any good hard […] more…

Beats, rhymes and life

I woke up in time to have coffee and conversation at Woody’s Cafe with author, activist and musician Nia King about growing up back East, finding fulfillment in creative pursuits and both the futility and the necessity of reconciling tensions between career choice and motivated mentorship. Before I realized what was happening, Nia asked me […] more…

Out the window and down to the street below

I’d almost forgotten about getting out of my seat last night during the awards banquet and sneaking over to the window in the rear of the room. I realized I was ten stories up in San Francisco, close enough to see the last bit of the sky overhead and a couple of streets intersecting below. […] more…

Handing out awards

I drove into the city, parked on Sutter Street and walked along Sansome Street, pushing my way past memories of navigating through crowds along that stretch on winter and spring mornings fifteen years ago when I worked at the Industry Standard. I sat down and ate a good dinner and made some small talk and […] more…

Blue circle time

[View the story “How we marked #WorldDiabetesDay #WDD #WDD2014″ on Storify] No, it’s not strange to have a day that celebrates a chronic disease that afflicts millions worldwide. I’ve grown up with World AIDS Day, just like you, right? And every reminder that what helps keep most of those millions alive is in the hands […] more…

Pre-minstrel tension

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., I will show up at Rooz Cafe, 1924 Park Boulevard, Oakland, and see if I remember how to sing my own lyrics and play an acoustic guitar at the same time. I am almost wondering if I should bother walking and chewing gum earlier in the day. I have had the […] more…

Searchin’

When I wasn’t turning the dial, a widget on my mobile helped me identify songs in chain bookstores and coffee shops, at bar DJ nights and on terrestrial radio stations this summer: June 24, 2014: “Face in the Window,” Dave Loggins June 24, 2014: “Monday Morning,” Fleetwood Mac June 24, 2014: “Here To Love You,” […] more…

Lapsed lake lovers

Morning tea led to the living room, and then to a decision: brunch. After someone I care very much for insisted, I put on shorts and we headed along our street and a few blocks over to Portal. Sides (biscuits with butter, bacon, scrambled eggs) and coffee later, we could see lanes of Lakeshore Avenue […] more…

There GIFs the neighborhood

If you have to live somewhere, it’s good to be someplace where you can drive off a few miles on a Saturday morning, come back and know just where to scratch an itch: satisfy a sweet (or savory) tooth, or accidentally run across an acquaintance who just wanted a veggie sandwich and sparkling water after […] more…

How nature points up the folly of men

You who give yourself over to patterns, to data, to teasing out significant signal from the big nothing’s worth of noise in the background, take heed and take heart: You’ll have to deal with the fact that you’re not the biggest issue on or offline, and you’ll have to think about something bigger than yourself: […] more…
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