Category Archives: Living in California

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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Shasta is Here!

It was a hard decision to make, but Madie and I decided it was best if Shasta came to live in SF with me. I was really afraid to have her fly from ATL to SF on a commercial airline…it’s … Continue reading

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Fillmore Jazz Festival

Yes, the Fillmore Jazz Festival. For two days literally outside my door. I have never had so much fun!!! Partied at Rasella’s with this guy and 100 other folks for the afternoon…how much fun was that!!! I am living now!! … Continue reading

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Things to Know About Living in SF

Living in San Francisco sometimes feels like being a participant in a circus sideshow; but that’s why I like it! Who doesn’t love the circus? Here are a few things I’ve learned about living in SF: 1. Homeless people. There … Continue reading

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Circus for Lunch

On nice days, I walk one block from my office and eat my sack lunch at the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens. There is always something wonderful going on there. I have seen more fun stuff just at lunch in the … Continue reading

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New Vacuum Cleaner

So I bought a new vacuum cleaner. It’s so awesome! What kind of person gets excited about a new vacuum cleaner! I’ve been the total consumer since I moved here. When I came to my new apartment, there was nothing. … Continue reading

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Nothing

I feel like a satellite That has spun out of orbit Hurtling away into nothingness. I am begging the Universe: Bring me a gun, Bring me a bullet, Bring me peace. Nothing.

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Credo

Don’t judge me for what I’m not. Honor me for what I am. Understand me for what I’ve been. Join me for what I will become. – Pamela Cole, 2011    

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Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

                  My sentiments exactly, courtesy of Otis Redding: Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun. I’ll be sitting when the evening come. Watching the ships roll in. And then I watch ’em roll away … Continue reading

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Loneliness

If it was possible to die of loneliness, I would have died a thousand times since coming to California. Luckily for me, it’s not possible. People in California are nice, but they are not particularly friendly. I thought Southern hospitality … Continue reading

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That’s What America Is

“…Gay brothers and sisters,…You must come out. Come out…to your parents…I know that it is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out to your relatives. ..come out to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Harvey!

May 22, 2013 I was driving to my morning class at Georgia State University on Nov. 27, 1978, when I heard on the radio that Harvey Milk, an openly gay politician, had been murdered in his office in the city … Continue reading

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