Category Archives: Social Issues

How to cope when the whole world is overwhelmingly fucked up and falling apart

You find the one thing you can do. When the world is blowing up. When someone you love takes their own life. When cancer. When another bullshit white man has gone out and shot up a school, church, movie theater, … Continue reading

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In Which Our Heroine Leans In

I am playing True Colors and drinking white sangria. The sunset is hot pink against an unrealistically pigmented blue sky. I zip on a hoodie that reads “OAKLAND: Putting Down Roots,” and step out onto my little porch to watch … Continue reading

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#AllWhitePeople

It’s so hard to know what to say about Charleston that I keep turning away from the topic. And that’s the thing, is that I get to. I get to turn off that pain. I’m not caught in the grief … Continue reading

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How this all happened

I am thankful for so many things today, big and small, including the little neighborhood grocery store that was still open so I could could grab the brown sugar and ground coriander I forgot; people who don’t give a shit … Continue reading

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Maybe someday

Okay, I’ve been trying to resist saying this for 2 months now, but I can’t hold it in anymore: I miss New Orleans. I miss BBQ. I miss the Gulf Coast. I miss my kids at the youth center. I … Continue reading

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the treachery of images

The modern process of “mirroring,” or spraying aluminum backing onto glass to create mirrors didn’t happen until 1835. What a short time ago! Think of all those humans who came before, with no idea what they looked like beyond catching … Continue reading

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On Mission

The heat today is not at all what I expected when I stepped out into San Francisco’s early afternoon. The hills are more taxing after a week of sickness, the sweat is rolling down my back, the sateen of my … Continue reading

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