Author Archives: Pam

Strangers on a Train

The Daily Bart started well, on this Friday the 13th. Even tho I opted for the later train, I was still able to score a parking spot in my prime area on the first floor of the parking deck. Since … Continue reading

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Things you see in California

A real live go-go dancer at the Neptune Beach Festival in Alameda this past weekend:

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Ft. Cronkite

Visited Ft. Cronkite this weekend. It’s a WWII gunnery battery on the coast of San Francisco. My dad was stationed here in the Army for a couple of years, 1936-1938. He talked about watching them build the GoldenGate bridge; now … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Yahoo

I just deleted my Yahoo account. I’ve had the account for over 10 years, since the time when having a  Yahoo email account was the only way to get your email away from home, which was such a neat concept! … Continue reading

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So I was visiting my sister in Atlanta last year when her husband Bill gave me an idea about how to make money with my vast technical writing experience. His idea was to start a school and teach classes,  but … Continue reading

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Notes from Shasta (via Maya)

As a resident of San Francisco who now commutes up to 4 hours a day, I have been forced to do something I NEVER thought I would do — HIRE A DOG WALKER! It’s just too much to ask Shasta … Continue reading

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White Christmas?

At yoga class this morning, my friend Alan shared a lovely poem that he had written. I’m sure he had no idea how appropo it is to my situation. With his permission, I am sharing the poem here. I wish … Continue reading

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Older and Better



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The Four Sharons

The first Sharon is my Sharon by birth, half-sister, half-mother, whole love. A Marilyn Monroe look-alike, always. Even now pushing 70. She is the perfect daughter, the one who wears the most scars. The second Sharon is mine by marriage, … Continue reading

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The Library that Saved My Life

I’ve been seriously studying these books since I got here. Interestingly, they each say pretty much the same thing. Enlightening and life changing. The untitled book is my personal journal. Wouldn’t you love to read that! Maybe when I’m dead. … Continue reading

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Zombies

This town is full of lost souls, driven mad with loneliness and despair, alcoholism and abandonment. They wander the filthy streets they call home like zombies, muttering obscenities, shouting at ghosts in the way. No one notices as they avoid. … Continue reading

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Life will break you…

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on … Continue reading

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Fleet Week

I had never heard of Fleet Week before I moved to SF, but it is a big deal here. The first week in October (typically the most beautiful time of year in SF), several Navy ships dock in the ports … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Uncertainty

Since the day I left Atlanta, I have not known what was going to happen next. At first, this was exhilarating, liberating, a feeling of excitement like I have never known. Now I have reached a point where I truly … Continue reading

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From Sea to Shining Sea

I took Shasta out for her walk as usual this morning. This daily ritual is really the most complicated part of my day. Some days I’m able to down a cup of coffee before receiving the imperative stare from her, … Continue reading

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Shasta on the dock of the bay

Today was one of the loveliest days weather-wise that I’ve seen in San Francisco. 70, sunny, and not too much fog. I piled Shasta into the car and we drove the 2 miles to the bay at the end of … Continue reading

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Mary Ruth

She hated to be called Mary Ruth. She worked hard to shed her Southern accent, and as a result, I don’t have one either. She was proud and vain, even in death; she asked to wear white gloves in her … Continue reading

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The Summer of Gertrude Stein

It started in May. As I walked the sidewalks near my office on Mission and Third, mysterious hand-lettered cardboard signs began to appear at the intersections, taped to the walls, reading: “Gertrude Stein was here.” The signs were homemade enough … Continue reading

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August in Atlanta

It’s August in Atlanta. Actually it’s August everywhere, but in Atlanta, August is particularly apparent. For 50 years I sweated through the longest month of the year, pining for the sweet relief of September. In Atlanta, by the end of … Continue reading

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Tai Chi

[youtube_sc url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL5Cj3qMDBc” title=”Tai%20Chi%20Nathan%20%20NG” theme=”light” modestbranding=”1″] I have taken several tai chi classes since I came to SF from this guy, Nathan Ng. He is the BOMB. I had never taken tai chi before but I am really enjoying it. Nathan … Continue reading

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