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August 25, 2014

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Todd Lieman’s day well lived and the snowballing world of gratitude

Todd Lieman is an imaginative, conscious, creative man who understands what makes a day well lived and the benefits of specific gratitude expressed. He began by encouraging his young son Kolby to express each night three things for which he is grateful. And, because from the mouths of babes come some of our best insights, […]


August 12, 2014

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Conversation with Myrna Aronoff on the importance of thank you notes

The San Francisco Chronicle recently published Sam Whiting’s story of  Mica Jarmel-Schneider who decided, as his bar mitzvah project, to collect baseball gear to send to kids in Cuba. The start of this adventure was, of course, his generosity. The plot thickened with an astonishing adventure all because Mica never got a thank you note. […]


July 31, 2014

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Noah Griffin’s elegance a draw coast to coast right through Peru Indiana

Noah Griffin wanted to join a Cole Porter Society. Simple like that, really. He is, after all, a singer drawn to the boundless elegance of Cole Porter music and lyrics. Noah and Cole share history and flair. Each is a Harvard Law School graduate, each has an easy elegance, a feel for euphony and subtle […]


July 21, 2014

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Jane Bragg and the samovar that carries her surprising family history from Kiev to SF

Jane Bragg, one of the world’s great storytellers, is back with another, this one about a samovar that led to the discovery of some unexpected family history details about her grandfather who was possibly a guard to the Czar of Russia, a world by and large closed to Jews and also her not uncommon relationship […]


July 14, 2014

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To save the life of a stranger Kristin Hove Herrera gave a kidney

Thanks to the extended reach of medical miracles and communication, there has come to be a new world of kidney transplantation. We hear about the fortunate people who have, as the media so often says, “found a kidney”. Found? Not at all. Given. And by someone. Today it is as likely as a gift from […]


June 30, 2014

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Amanda King San Francisco singer with a San Francisco story

There is a glow that precedes every step Amanda King takes as she strolls onto a stage where she is self-possessed and in charge. There is the smile of an angel that promises something unique. And, singular it is. Never mind the frequent comparisons to some of our greats, Amanda is 100% Amanda. Her intelligence […]


June 16, 2014

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Carson Silkey a model of fatherhood courage

Carson Silkey’s three daughters have had the good fortune to have a father who has no trouble speaking his mind about how wonderful they are. He is right there with them every step of their way into adulthood, overjoyed at their abilities, their compassion and their accomplishments, while at the same time stands strong with […]


June 2, 2014

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Megan Jones and the not-so-fleeting flash of Polaroid

Are you of the generation that remembers the flash of the Polaroid camera as a part of almost any momentous occasion? For many, those cheery photos are the only recorded memory of family events. The flash was over in, well, a flash, while the pictures oozed out a slower joy culminating in a shiny finished […]


May 26, 2014

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Mary Schiendler reaps rewards of reaching for adventure

Mary Schiendler, program director of Inside Edge, is blessed with a sense of adventure that has taken her on roads to which others may have said a simple, “No thank you.” In an era when women so often got teaching credentials as the default educational mode, she chose business school for which she was entirely […]


May 22, 2014

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Author Robert Anasi and the power of personal evolution

Writer, journalist, experienced boxer, newlywed, father to be, and author of The Gloves: A Boxing Chronicle  as well as his recent book The Last Bohemia:Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Robert Anasi was born, as he says, into a blue-collar Irish Catholic family, and has traveled a personal path from gentle and book-loving through […]