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January 23, 2015

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Zann Cannon Goff a boy who moved too often to make friends is sinking roots all over SF

Zann Cannon Goff is a talented landscaper whose first word was “flower” and who went through many incarnations before getting where he was meant to be. With a boyhood that was sometimes isolated for geographical reasons as well as emotional and often migratory. His mother was a child of the 60s, who raised him as […]


January 13, 2015

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Writer Persis Karim weaves the threads of a complicated family history

Persis Karim is a poet, writer and professor of literature and creative writing at San Jose State University. She was born and raised in California, but was profoundly influenced by her immigrant parents and their respective biographies. Her mother was born and raised in France and immigrated after World War II. Her father was a […]


January 6, 2015

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Nancy Ballard’s rooms that rock for chemo

Botanical illustrator Nancy Ballard is a serious painter, a writer with one published book under her belt, and enough other things as wife, mother and grandmother to keep her full-time busy. You would think, as did her husband, that she is too busy for another full-time project. But, no. Not at all. She is, in […]


December 30, 2014

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David Zimmerman an actor who teaches an unusual mix of students

David Zimmerman is an excellent and experienced actor, a fabulous singer who steals a scene  and, watch out, your heart. He is overloaded with talent, charm, stage presence, and two other qualities that tip the balance on how he spends his professional time. Those two qualities are love and generosity in heaping amounts. It seems […]


December 16, 2014

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This season of joy and giving is a good time to ask how happiness thinks

This is the season for merry this and happy that, wishing each other joy and bringing happiness to all. But, where do you find that happiness to share? How do you get a hold of it. You have to own something to be able to give it to others, yes? Perhaps someone besides the world […]


December 9, 2014

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Kathy Joy and letters to the universe

Kathi Joy is one. A joy. Totally. Irresistible, in a word. In more than a word you can hear her tell her own encouraging and complicated story  and how she came to head a consulting business called the Joy Resolution as well as an out-of-this-world project as irresistible as she is – letters to the […]


December 1, 2014

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Stacy Millich and John Gyselbrecht a love story looking for a gastric cancer cure

Stacy Millich  and John Gyselbrecht were, in the world of young love, made for each other. “We were lucky,” she says, “because we found each other early when we were 19 and 20.” He has a sense of humor that was unique, and she knew right away that she wanted to be around that for […]


November 24, 2014

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A short biography of a friend by Sandra Foster Lovas is an incomparable love letter

It is the specifics contained in a love letter that make it unique, make it yours, and make it a love letter. San Francisco writer Sandra Foster Lovas has written an astounding one to her long-time friend who is, as we all do, changing with the years, although not like all of us, she has […]


November 18, 2014

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Alexander Philippe and the compelling art of taboo thought-provoking issues

Alexander Philippe is an artist and philosopher for whom small talk seems to be a waste of time. He is here again with a conversation about conversation and what people can offer each other with communication that skirts chic-chat and gets to the point. Alexander is an emotionally generous philosopher who is cheerfully fearless about […]


November 12, 2014

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Ruby Petersen Unger was, yes, Ms. Nancy of Romper Room and much more

Do you remember Miss Nancy of television’s Romper Room and the wonderful lessons she brought to your little ones? Do you remember the day Miss Nancy became Ms. Nancy, thanks to a conversation with Gloria Steinem, bringing a whole new consciousness to our little ones? Ruby Petersen Unger remembers it well and with good reason, […]