Personal Reflections & Essays

Watercolor of a typical San Francisco house that window men work on quite frequently.

City Through Glass

Conversations with San Francisco's window workers. by Nikki Collister A wide picture window overlooking the intersection of Fulton Street and 6th Avenue, double-hung windows on either side, crowned with a graceful arch of three glass panes....
Shot from above of people sitting in social distance circles at Dolores Park

Reporting in Place

What it's like being a journalist during the pandemic. by Elena Kadvany My breaking point came late one Tuesday night, about a week into the shutdown. I had just finished reporting (virtually) on a local school...

Mental Gymnastics on the Trail

When I was a kid, we camped a lot. Like, a lot a lot. If you are a famous National Park west of the Mississippi, we probably stayed at you. If you are a...


I’m waiting in line to get some eggs and coffee at a cafe in the Mission. It’s one of those younger businesses on the outskirts of gentrification, the forward guard. The line stretches far out the door, but it moves...