To Hug a Porcupine: A Marin County Passenger Talks Bojack Horseman and Intergenerational Trauma

*Names changed to protect confidentiality For many years, Marin County was home to Robin Williams. Its natural beauty and proximity to San Francisco have made it a popular dwelling for affluent retirees in search of sanctuary without having to forgo easy access to the culture and bustle of a city. When I look up fromContinue reading “To Hug a Porcupine: A Marin County Passenger Talks Bojack Horseman and Intergenerational Trauma”

Valentine’s Day Special: Passengers Talk Love and Relationships

“Intimacy comes when two people, both standing clearly in their own lives—with their faults and their truths, their needs and their gifts—say to each other, ‘ This is me. I see you. I am willing to say the whole truth, make mistakes, forgive, trust, receive, give, allow our differences, argue, laugh, and stand together withContinue reading “Valentine’s Day Special: Passengers Talk Love and Relationships”

Passengers Talk Beauty and Messiness of Human Relationships

Relationships– whether between partners, two friends, or a mom and her son– are complicated. Conflicts will inevitably arise. Part of being your own separate person with distinct thoughts, beliefs, and ways of seeing the world means that you won’t always see eye to eye with others. The following entry explores some of these complexities. SomeContinue reading “Passengers Talk Beauty and Messiness of Human Relationships”

Ride with Me: Hillside Coyotes, the Gambling Senior, and Passenger Talks Before and After recovery narrative in Richmond, CA

More and more people are moving to Richmond, a city of 109,000 occupants, as rent prices increase in Oakland and San Francisco. In recent years three breweries have opened, and it’s projected to be one of the next hubs of gentrification. Despite this, it still carries a reputation for being dangerous and undesireable, much like OaklandContinue reading “Ride with Me: Hillside Coyotes, the Gambling Senior, and Passenger Talks Before and After recovery narrative in Richmond, CA”

Anders the Ambulai driver, Goldilocks and the three seat positions, and perspective taking when out on the road

# Lyft Thoughts Would Goldilocks have eventually habituated to the too big bed or the too soft chair or the too hot Oatmeal? is a question I ask myself when I notice I keep changing the seat position and the temperature dial on my car. First I’m too close, then I’m too far back. FirstContinue reading “Anders the Ambulai driver, Goldilocks and the three seat positions, and perspective taking when out on the road”

Bigger Passenger Story: Exploring addictive processes with a former gambling addict in Reno, Nevada

“There’s this program where you put your name on their list, and then if they see you in their casino they’ll kick you out and take all your money,” says Janet* the woman passenger I’ve just picked up outside a cafe in midtown Reno. “My gambling problem led me to enroll in it.” Her wordsContinue reading “Bigger Passenger Story: Exploring addictive processes with a former gambling addict in Reno, Nevada”

Ride with Me: Goddess energy, natural splendor, and an anthropological look at casinos in Reno, Nevada (Part 1)

Waking up in the Goddess Room of Reno’s Burner Hostel, I feel as if a mystical presence is watching over me.  A mural of a woman surrounds me on all four walls. Her purple and teal hair gently flows down from her head, becoming waves that blanket and soften the walls while enveloping the sleeperContinue reading “Ride with Me: Goddess energy, natural splendor, and an anthropological look at casinos in Reno, Nevada (Part 1)”

First Impressions Overturned, Part 3: A Pristine Formerly Homeless Woman on the Homeless as Members of our Human Family

*This is the final entry in the First Impressions Overturned series. ~~ Many of us carry in our heads an ingrained idea of what a homeless person looks like and how they present themself: dirty clothes. Rambling speech. Someone whose mind is not quite there, or who perhaps leads us to feeling both unsafe andContinue reading “First Impressions Overturned, Part 3: A Pristine Formerly Homeless Woman on the Homeless as Members of our Human Family”

First Impressions Overturned Part 2: EQ Talks, Gay Stuff and Inn ‘N Out Feasting with a Nuanced Tech Bro

**This Part 2 of the First Impressions Overturned series, following last week’s post “Partying Police Officers, A Socially Conscious Bro, and a Misconstrued Pedestrian” ( https://bit.ly/3bAkJ8V ). ~~~ When Sean* gets into my car outside the apartment of a hilly San Francisco neighborhood, he asks if I’m okay with driving down to Palo Alto (a cityContinue reading “First Impressions Overturned Part 2: EQ Talks, Gay Stuff and Inn ‘N Out Feasting with a Nuanced Tech Bro”

Butterscotch cookies, cotton candy sky, and a therapist’s emotional toolkit in Alameda, CA

*Names and some identifying details have been changed for confidentiality ~~~~~ The setting for today’s entry is Alameda, an East Bay island city of 78,000 that’s adjacent to Oakland. It’s home to Faction Brewery, where you can enjoy a beer outside next to picnic tables, hacky sack boards, and an expansive view of the BayContinue reading “Butterscotch cookies, cotton candy sky, and a therapist’s emotional toolkit in Alameda, CA”