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Me and My Bees: Creating a Bee Friendly Home

I’ve actively been trying to replenish the bee population, one flower at a time. I take the problem with our disappearing bee population and all pollinators personally. If I don’t’ do something to help, the colony collapse will be my fault.
Now, I have to admit that my efforts are also selfish as I have fruit trees that rely on pollinators to set fruit. Without the pollinators, my trees will … Read the rest

A Writer Looks at Blockchain

If you are at all paying attention, there has been a lot of chatter about something called Blockchain along with its cryptocurrency cousin, Bitcoin. So, what does it all mean and why do I care as a writer?
Here is why, but let’s get the basics down first.

What is Blockchain?- I’ll try not to get too techy here: The blockchain is what it sounds like in that there … Read the rest

What Price Safety Over Privacy: A Slippery Slope Revisited

In 2012 I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about what price do we pay for losing our privacy in the name of safety? The subject is still very pertinent today as it was when we were all discussing warrantless wiretapping by the Federal Bureau of Investigating (FBI).

I asked how much privacy are we willing to give up ensuring our safety against possible terrorist attacks?

Still not sure … Read the rest

Living in our Filter Bubble-breakout and smell the opposition

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

Violence at Home: Fear Of The Neighbor Terrorist

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

How did I get here? –My Writer’s Journey from Reluctant Author to Movie Option

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

You Want More In-depth Reporting? Add These Investigative Sources for Your News

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

Why I’m A Reading Tutor

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

The Gifts of Technology, Diversity, and Global Connections

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

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

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