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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau carves up the notion that there’s something manly about eating meat. I’ve lost count of the number of times in the last 22 years my husband was asked if he would still be vegan if I weren’t around. Some have implied that I “whipped” him into giving up meat and that he would run for the nearest steak if I weren’t looking. Th…
 
Putting the perception of others over our own values can often lead us down a slippery slope. At a young age, Teiji Futamase learned a valuable lesson in trusting your instincts and the importance of family. What would you do if your loved one needed your support — but you let peer pressure get the best of you? I remember a sunny warm day in second…
 
Clogged ports and a badly broken supply chain have many wondering whether its time to change the reliance on goods made overseas. Joe Epstein has this Perspective. I have a great view from my home of container ships heading towards the Port of Oakland, where they drop anchor in the bay—sometimes for weeks—before they can unload their cargoes. Every…
 
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Li Miao Lovett remembers how the Civil Rights Movement left a legacy of a more diverse America. When I was 6, a girl visiting from my native Taiwan admonished me for smiling at another child because she was black. Even at 6, I could not understand this blatant racism. My response in hindsight: “We wouldn’t even be in…
 
Long considered a fruit with many health benefits, pomegranates also have a place in ancient mythology. Michael Ellis has this Perspective. Two of the most important females in my life liked and like pomegranates. My mom loved them and they were hard to find in East Tennessee in the 60s. And my three-year-old granddaughter is a pomegranate fool. As…
 
When my parents generously offered to give me their 20-year- old Acura sedan, my first thought was: Me, a car-free, transit-riding, e-bike loving San Francisco resident, take possession of a fossil-fuel-burning, climate-change machine? But in an impulsive act of quarantine indulgence, I accepted their offer. I named the white car Casper, after the …
 
It is the beginning of a new year which means that friends, even my very best friends, who should know by now how much I distaste making resolutions, are sending me emails with titles like this: “Resolutions For a Life Worth Living: Attainable Aspirations Inspired by Great Humans of the Past (including Seneca, Baldwin, Whitman, Le Guin and more…).”…
 
Paul Staley says the marketplace of ideas isn’t the emporium of free thought it’s cracked up to be. The marketplace of ideas is a vast virtual warehouse. Inside you can choose from an inventory that runs the gamut from the official version to the debunked and discredited. It’s all there and it’s open 24/7. Expert opinion is prominently displayed, b…
 
Looking to be awed by common things? Christine Schoefer suggests you look closely at the vegetables on your kitchen counter. I asked my friend if she’d made any New Year’s resolutions. Same as last year, she tells me. She wants to start meditating regularly and become a vegetarian. If only vegetables weren’t so labor intensive – prepping them takes…
 
Despite generations of contributions to the American enterprise, Charles Feng and his family are still forced to confront the question, “Are you American?” On a sunny weekend afternoon, we were riding in the car when my four-year-old daughter asked, “Why are Americans only white people?” Blood rushed to my face. I am a second-generation Chinese Ame…
 
As a young person of color, Shaylyn Martos struggled to find a pathway to their dreams. But that changed when they found mentorship in other journalists of color. I’m in my mid 20s. For the first time in my life, I’ve finally got a salary, health insurance and a fancy title. But I took my time getting here. After my high school graduation, I worked…
 
Gillian Reynolds is exceptionally unexceptional at everything she tries. But she’s learned how exceptional that can be. I bake decent sweets, 75% of them actually come out correct. I play music and sing songs with my dad and cousin, but I miss notes and mess up lyrics. I try keeping plants in my room, hoping to have inherited my mother’s green thum…
 
Larry Lee says Mr. Rogers would come in very handy right about now. We’re coming on two years that we’ve been living in COVID, as Omicron surges on. Honestly, having to live in this constant state of uncertainty and unpredictability is taking its toll. On top of all of this are additional stressors; climate change, rampant crime, homelessness in th…
 
Pete Gavin has a new job and its reminding him that everything is connected. The last few years have been tough. In addition to the surreal state of things these days, my family has suffered several big losses, including the death of my mother. I try to see challenges in a glass-half-full sort of way, but lately this has been particularly trying. T…
 
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