Personal Reflections & Essays

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...

Lessons in Walking Uphill

Every Sunday, I lace up my boots, walk out the door, and begin the steady ascent to the summit of Bernal Heights. There are many hills in San Francisco, but this one...
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Exit Strategy

“I think that must be it,” I said, pointing at an unmarked brown storefront across the street. My husband Fernando and I were meeting with a small group to celebrate our friend Devin’s birthday. This, a start-up-themed escape room, was our first activity...