Category Archives: Issues & Trends

J.D. Says We Can

In the aftermath of the U.S. elections, when we managed to pull ourselves out of the rubble and debris, we sought refuge in each other’s promises to continue the fight for whatever it is we vowed we would be willing … Continue reading

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The Daughter Chronicles: A Confusing Term

I was on the way to work when I heard Monday morning’s segment from the Perspectives Series of KQED.  Clyde Wadsworth applauds Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in the historic Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality (Obergefell v. Hodges). … Continue reading

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Wolf Going, Gone!

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The Daughter Chronicles: Consequences

It was like any ordinary late summer evening in 1997.  Most days, it was still warm and sunny, but the nights were getting cooler.  The sun had just about disappeared when we all sat in the kitchen for dinner. “Lara … Continue reading

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This Archbishop Is Overreaching!

I was on my way to work this morning when Michael Krasny’s Forum started airing on the radio. Today, the topic was the recent move by the San Francisco Archbishop to revise the teachers’ handbook for four local parochial high schools … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion, Bigotry, Catholic Church, Catholicism, Civil Unions, Equality, Human Rights, LGBT, Marriage, Religion, Religious Freedom, Religious Freedoms, same-sex marriage, self-righteousness, Sex, Teacher, Women's Reproductive Rights, women's rights | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

When We Don’t Always Agree

She leaned in through the kitchen door tentatively.  She had her scarf, coat, boots and hat all organized. She drew in a chunk of air through her nose and into her chest. Then she mustered as much lighthearted cheer and … Continue reading

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Saturday Farmers’ Market And The Umbrella Connection, Among Other Things

Today, I was at the College of San Mateo Farmers’ Market promptly as it opened at 0900H.  I wanted to buy fresh berries and some great pastries by Crepe and Brioche.  We’re having a brunch at home for my daughter, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Freedoms

Tomorrow, people will celebrate our nation’s independence day.  Already the frenzy over grabbing the best cuts of beef, ribs, chicken, fish, and a whole gamut of vegetables, has been a dizzying scene at most food retailers.  Families and friends will … Continue reading

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The Dog Goes Everywhere!

My friends from Orinda have been empty nesters for longer than we have been. They raised three kids. Their youngest, a daughter, went to NYU and has been swallowed by the Manhattan scene ever since. In the recent years, we … Continue reading

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To My Nieces On Their Graduation

Dear Ronna and Mara: This period marks such a milestone to you and your family, with a high school graduation and a college graduation in the same year. For us parents, it is a time for quiet gratification that we … Continue reading

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