This post is prompted by an editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle, How San Franciscans ruin Leibovitz — and the electorate by Daniel P. Beckmann, Ph.D., a former Obama campaign digital strategist. In it he bemoans a show of Annie Leibovitz photographs to the Bay Area audience that stifled opposition. Beckmann stated that the audience reaction took away from free interpretation of the photographs by voicing a loud opinion of … Read the rest
The horrific attacks in Las Vegas underscored a feeling for me of being truly wary of large groups of people and being at risk of a terrorist attack.
The police call these events “soft targets:” places where people gather and are unprotected and particularly vulnerable.
I shop, I go to malls and my husband and I travel and we attend events. In fact a couple of years ago I … Read the rest
I have numerous requests asking me to write about my journey from a reluctant author to having a movie option for my book.
Here is how it goes:
I had no intention of writing a book. As I’ve said to many friends and strangers, I had no aspirations of being an author. Books take too long and are too difficult to write.
Well, we know that changed. It was a … Read the rest
In addition to the big newspapers, there are many other sources to find excellent, well-researched stories.
Bias alert here: While I was actively working at news agencies, I did not observe my colleagues slanting a story to suit their bias. In fact, more than once, during an investigation, there were surprises we did not expect while in working a story. Our pride was in doing the required amount of research, … Read the rest
I found a post on my Facebook page about a program called Reading Partners, funded by AmeriCorps, and it explained that there were schools in my neighborhood that were looking for volunteers to be reading tutors for kids in the elementary schools.
Reading. I take it for granted that I can read and have been reading for I don’t remember how long. I don’t recall if I had … Read the rest
Photo by Andrew Worley
In the jungle of offices at Rackspace on the South of Market tech hub, Shahin Shadfar sits at a desk cluttered with tech parts and points to his latest creation, an app called Zurf which is the latest in a string of successes for the San Francisco transplant. While Shadfar has gained a reputation for an innovative entrepreneur in Houston and Boston as well as San … Read the rest
Photo by Piron Guillaume
Long before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, San Francisco offered affordable healthcare to all residents. The Healthy San Francisco program costs substantially less than private health insurance plans.
Tse Dong Chow, a typical user, is waiting to see a doctor at North East Medical Services, a large community clinic in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He’s a trim and energetic 60-year-old wearing a pressed … Read the rest
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“It’s the dream city at the edge of the continent, an exotic jumble of cultures, a fogbound oasis offering freedom and escape for people hoping to shed the past and begin anew.” San Francisco Chronicle THE LITERARY SCENE / San Francisco, Writers’ Heaven April 14, 1996.
• Writers come to San Francisco in part because of the romance of the City by the Bay, or as the famed San Francisco … Read the rest
Photo by Matheus Ferrero
When I decided to write my book, many years ago, I was committed. I had what I called “Fire in the Belly.” That is what it took for me to stay with it. I had passion and conviction that the story was important. It was history that had never been public. I needed to set the record straight, and I believed in myself that I was … Read the rest