Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Dirt on Berkeley

It can be so embarrassing when people visit this area. There is always an element of horror in what they see. So when a friend came here for the first time, she grimaced, her face eminating pure disgust. She said, … Continue reading

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Hidden in Plain Sight

When I was in college, I took a lot of sociology classes. One course that really stayed with me was an analysis of advertising. In it, we scrutinized ads for their hidden, subliminal messages. Some of the messages were obvious, … Continue reading

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My Imaginary Happy World

I went to a specialist office the other day. It was a typical experience around here. The people who worked there were annoyed, edgy. When I tried to make small talk, the receptionist responded in monosyllables. I tried to be … Continue reading

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The Pain of Racism

I was recently on the receiving end of some racially tinged hostility. I ran over to help a person who had put herself in danger. Rather than thanking me, she said something horribly mean and racist. I’d like to think … Continue reading

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Alexander and Me

I had lunch with a friend the other day. Our conversation sounded like an old Seinfeld episode, although it actually happened. Friend: I’m really psyched. My husband got us tickets to Hamilton for my birthday. Me: To what? Friend: Hamilton … Continue reading

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The Last Straw

The problems around Berkeley intensify every day. We have an egregious amount of crime; the roads are filthy; and new tent cities emerge. With horrendous traffic, road rage is at an all-time high as enraged drivers take their frustrations out … Continue reading

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