Random events

When push comes to shove

January 8, 2011

I am sprinting to the station nearest my office to catch the train to a meeting in the East Bay. It is late in the afternoon, just before the rush but the carriages are already crowded with commuters, people leaving work early and many of them carrying bags of brightly wrapped gifts since it is […]

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Life and surprises

January 2, 2011

The other night, I conducted an experiment amongst some of my friends. There were four people I told individually I had written a new poem. It is a poem of which I am rather proud. And not one of them asked me to read it. The closest one of my friends came was to ask […]

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Some novelties never wear off

December 19, 2010

It is that time of year again. My name is everywhere and I try not to be too sensitive. I get off the ferry this morning and walk across the Embarcadero. A brass band is playing Christmas carols in a rather sad and lackluster way because the musicians are standing out in the cold and […]

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Awesome…I think

October 13, 2010

I am waiting in line at my favorite coffee shop in Oakland. When my turn comes around, I order a non-fat latte and then stand aside to let the next and, by then, only other customer approach the counter. As she steps forward, she and the girl barista recognize each other. They express their surprise […]

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It rafts, too? On the Milky Way?

September 9, 2010

Another meaningful sign on the ferry. This one adds weight to the one I posted earlier that simply says  “Life rings.”

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Know your enemy

September 1, 2010

I have a friend who is a hunter. He likes to hunt deer with a bow and arrow. We had been trading phone calls because we had some things to discuss and, with our busy schedules, it has been difficult to connect. So he called me last Sunday morning from the cabin where he and […]

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Not in service

August 18, 2010

This morning, I took the ferry to work as usual. It was an unusually late and leisurely start to the day and, as I crossed the Embarcadero I considered walking up the hill since it was a gorgeous morning and so welcome after a typical San Francisco summer day of cold and fog. I decided against […]

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Another important sign on the ferry

August 3, 2010

Doesn’t it, though?

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Reflection on a theme

July 17, 2010

I am surprised and moved by the response to the piece I wrote about Grace Autio’s death.  Eighteen comments have been posted and the piece has been viewed more than 500 times. I was glad to have unwittingly provided a place for strangers, friends and colleagues to share their thoughts about her. Her death and the […]

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Grace Autio, 1960-2010

July 11, 2010

I was not going to write about this, but it keeps haunting me and seems fitting given my last post. This is what I know: Last Thursday morning at approximately 11:30 a.m., a woman I did not know and whose name I did not find out until the next day, took her own life by […]

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