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On love and loss

I guess it's my age, but so many people I know have lost or are losing loved ones. Often it is a parent or a grandparent, sometimes someone closer in age like a spouse or a good friend. It comes more often and becomes more likely as we get older. Having lost my own...

Vegan Vacation 2012 – Bay Area

We arrived in Pacifica just before noon on Saturday. Our best friends live there and it is a cherished destination. After settling in, we snacked while we visited. We had early dinner plans in Berkeley with some additional friends. They wanted to take us to a popular...

Vegan Vacation 2012

We just returned from a weeklong road-trip up the coast of California, over to the Eastern Sierras and then back home to Southern California. This is one of the first trips we've taken since adopting a vegan diet. Armed with the VegOut iPhone App and a cooler full of...

Double-sided Napkins

For several years, we have been using cloth napkins instead of paper. It started as a way of being more environmentally conscious and also a way of using up remnants of material left over from other sewing projects. I got tired going through paper ones so quickly....

Lucky

I was fortunate to have had a good high school experience. I did not realize how fortunate until later, when I talked to others who did not share similar fond memories of their high school days. I was part of the GATE program at a time when geek was not so chic....

Food Choices Are The New Politics

I've been a vegetarian for more than 20 years. In that time, I've rarely been challenged about this choice. Occasionally, I have been asked questions that come off as defensive arguments, but mostly people are respectful, sometimes curious, and occasionally admiring....

Burnout

Yesterday, I ran into a former colleague while having lunch off campus. I noticed a marked difference in her demeanor. Where just a month ago she looked dejected and beaten down, now she beamed. I asked her how she was and she grinned so widely that her smile seemed...