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The Incredible Lightness of Being… Eclipsed

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:42:14 +0000

In this age of instant news and its inevitable twin, “instant olds,” I was debating with myself whether it’s even worth posting about Monday morning’s eclipse two days late when every conceivable angle, situation, and perspective of the rare celestial event had been disseminated and ingested by afternoon through the fiber optic cable-enhanced hive mind […]

Life in Times of Trump, “I can’t believe we’re marching for facts” Edition

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:43:33 +0000

This is, in fact (or is it a fact? who knows anymore), the year 2017 we find ourselves in, and thanks to the extraordinary verbal manure spreading machine posing as president that is America’s latest export, millions of rational people across the globe found it necessary last weekend to spend their Saturday getting up early, […]

What do we do now? Tomorrow documentary offers solutions without the clichés

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:04:28 +0000

Those of us concerned about the planetary challenges of our time know the varying degrees of trepidation that can accompany a showing of yet another documentary attempting to address the world’s problems. There is, for one, the much dreaded gloom and doom screening that leaves you so overwhelmed and hopeless that you just want to […]

A Protest Funeral to Summon the Spirit of Resistance

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:33:35 +0000

Yesterday’s Protest Funeral for EPA, the climate, and environmental justice at the EPA’s regional office in downtown San Francisco was just another little piece in the multi-dimensional grassroots movement to push back against this pitiful administration’s all out assault on our most sacred civic institutions and inspire participation and creative agitation. After sending an epic […]

Everything is Politics

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:21:29 +0000

Here’s the thing about being a citizen and making your voice heard. Getting exactly what you’re asking for is just a small part of why you do it. Monday’s #Dec19 #DefendDemocracy #StopTrump event across the nation was as much about connecting with like-minded people face to face, becoming energized, sharing a moment of hope and […]

A Mighty New Recycling Beast at San Francisco’s Pier 96

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:28:55 +0000

A couple of months ago I went on a tour of Recycle Central, San Francisco’s 200,000-square-foot recycling plant on Pier 96 run by our intrepid garbage resource recovery company Recology. Ever since I wrote Where No City Has Gone Before: San Francisco Will Be World’s First Zero-Waste Town by 2020 for Alternet, I’ve had the […]

How to Develop Greener Urban Habits

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:52:11 +0000

Old habits die hard. However, they can be kicked to the curb if greener ones are visible, available, and within reach. Why is it such a challenge to bring more trees and birds and parks into our urban environments when we know that most humans enjoy trees and birds and parks in their lives? Why […]

Birthing, Dying, Becoming Crip Wisdom: 4 questions for Sins Invalid artist Maria R. Palacios

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:06:06 +0000

A few years ago, I wrote a piece for YES! Magazine entitled Speaking for All Bodies (Not Just the “Perfect” Ones) about Sins Invalid, a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities. They are about to follow their acclaimed show “Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty in the […]

“Have You Noticed Your Energy is Cleaner?”

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:53:20 +0000

“Have You Noticed Your Energy is Cleaner?” is the subject line of an email I recently received from San Francisco Water Power Sewer, the public utility service that administers the city’s recently adopted CleanPowerSF service. Programs like these are known as Community Choice Aggregation, allowing cities and counties to partner with their investor-owned utility to […]

Separated in San Francisco

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:13:08 +0000

There are very few situations in life in which the idea of being separated would seem attractive. However, on Polk Street in San Francisco, right in the heart of one of the most bustling corridors between Market Street and City Hall, cyclists for the past two years or so have been enjoying the ultimate liberation: […]