Relationships with cities, very much like our relationships with people, change and shift. Sometimes, we grow out of them. Or we grow in different directions.
"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."
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Friendship and Love
A few weeks ago, I spoke briefly at my friend Carl's Celebration of Life. While it was difficult to prepare and speak about my beloved friend, I realized a lot about love and friendship through that process.
Creating Meaning After Loss
Steven Low's solo performance, Tastes Like Chicken, explores loss, depression and mental health. The show is inspired by Steven's personal experience enduring his father's decade-long depression, and the loss of the person he once knew as his father.
Saeeda Hafiz's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches
Saeeda Hafiz, author of The Healing: One Woman's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches, shares her thoughts about writing, finishing her book and how it impacted her family.
After Loss: What the Heart Does
In the days and weeks after someone passes, life feels like a blur, with glimmers of normalcy. One walks among those living their normal day-to-day lives, not knowing what to say to you, or knowing the impact of the loss you've just endured.
My Mother: Life Lessons on Creative Living
As a child, I never considered my mother to be a creative person. However, throughout the years, the way I define and recognize creativity has changed. With those shifts, I now see that my mother was one of the most creative people that I've ever met.
At Home in Noe Valley
I've lived in my San Francisco apartment for nearly six years, the longest I've ever lived in a home in my entire life. On the outside, my building looks like a rather lonely place — a standalone turquoise building with purple awning and a large graffiti mural on the side detailing scenes from this quaint San Francisco neighborhood.
Pham Kieu Phuc on Design, Inspiration & Spirituality
When I lived in Hanoi, a friend suggested I visit Module 7, a furniture store and art gallery on Xuan Dieu Street in the West Lake area. Little did I know, that walking into that store I was embarking on the beginning of a beautiful friendship with Pham Kieu Phuc, a self-taught designer, who taught me so much about life, design and spirituality.
Hiking the El Camino de Santiago de Compostela: A Lesson on Loss by Sarah Davis
Somewhere, I know my dad is by the water singing this song, by his favorite band The Beatles and wearing one of his signature Hawaiian shirts.
On Writing with Tamim Ansary
Tamim Ansary, an Afghan-American author and public speaker, shares his thoughts on everything from the current state of the world to the role of the writer in observing and sharing.
Every year around April 26th, the anniversary of my mother's death, I naturally feel pretty emotional. I spend time thinking about how I've grown as a person and what my mother was like at my age. This year, I decided to acknowledge and reflect on her loss in a different way.