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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 […]


May 12, 2014

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Michele Spitz a woman of her word

The most unusual thing about Michele Spitz is, well, everything. She is, indeed, a woman of her word donating as she does her voice to various charitable causes. Her pace is vigorous, her love of the arts all-encompassing, her love of humanity inexhaustible, her energy level ever elevating, her spirit indomitable, her generosity boundless and […]


May 4, 2014

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Sandra Foster Lovas’s poem to her mother – a gift of love that lasts forever

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and a perfect time to share a poem that Sandra Foster Lovas wrote on the occasion of her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Sandra was raised, in her words, in “kind of a Norman Rockwell family lost in the mid 20th century.” Hers was a privileged family whose main […]


April 29, 2014

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Joy Loya who outgrew his prison cell says he is defined by optimism

Joe Loya, author of The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber, does, indeed, have a story to tell. And, tell it with stunning power and grace he does. It is a complicated life of love, loss, tragedy, the eventual end of brutality that was the beginning of criminality and then […]