If You Want Great and Affordable Healthcare, Move to San Francisco

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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

San Francisco Literary Scene: “A place of escape, refuge, and salvation from the rest of America”

“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

Fire in the Belly-What it takes to write and publish a book

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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

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Well-researched and brilliantly written, Taking Aim At The President: The Remarkable Story Of The Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford by Geri Spieler explores the life of one of the two women who attempted to assassinate the president. … Read the rest

The Pain of Self Promotion

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I’m part of a large club of writers who hates to market ourselves. We can go into the whole “introvert” thing, blah, blah, blah.

But, it’s true. Just leave me alone with my computer and let me do my job. I’m good at it and love what I do, which is write. And write. And research and write some more.

However, I’ve learned that unless someone … Read the rest

Part I- GI Joes and Janes Come Home: How the Bay Area Supports the Troops

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Specialist Terry K. scoots around a throng of patients, visitors, and staff in the wide hallways of the Veterans Administration hospital in Palo Alto, California, about thirty miles south of San Francisco. She trades quips with patients as she maneuvers expertly among the wheelchairs and gurneys on her way to her job in the rehabilitation unit. Slim and healthy, shoulder-length blonde hair shining, she is vibrant … Read the rest

Internet Deep Dive: How to Use Deep Web Search Engines and Databases

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I’ve been hearing a lot these days from friends who are finding it more difficult to find pertinent information from their Google searches? There are many reasons for this, one is the way the search is written. I’m a big advocate of Search Strings, and have a comprehensive list in my full Internet Research workshop. There is a lot more information in the Deep Web … Read the rest

Here is a question: What made San Francisco San Franciso? Why do we get along so well?

One major key to the ethos of San Francisco is the city’s explosive and unbalanced growth from 800 to 25,000 people in one year. Twenty-five thousand were men; miners under the age of 40 and 2,000 were prostitutes. San Francisco Tim’s History and Tour Maps

The adventurers who came to mine for gold survived formidable hardships, whether they traveled overland or around Cape Horn. They were self-sufficient and independent minded … Read the rest

What We Need Today are San Francisco Values

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“I didn’t know there was any help out there. … I’d probably be dead if I’d stayed in Stockton.” — Terry, an Army vet suffering from PTSD who found the help she needed to recover in the San Francisco Bay Area

One day if I do go to heaven, I’ll look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.
— Pulitzer Prize winner
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