Grooving octopuses, Passenger empathy, and Dave the Compliment Machine

On the lineup for today: a woman passenger reminisces on Berkeley’s days of yore, a time when a passenger really had my back, and a short story sparked by a comment made in a Lyft ride. ~~~ Berkeley High Schooler in the ’70s “The teachers didn’t have a handle on the kids at all. We’dContinue reading “Grooving octopuses, Passenger empathy, and Dave the Compliment Machine”

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”

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”