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Only Connect - Part 4: Is There a Passport Back to Normal Life?

I thought of framing my vaccine card, like a college diploma, but I would be needing it for other things. It was a passport back to normal life, right?...

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Short stories COVID-19 Only Connect Women

Only Connect - Part 5: Ariel Returns

Ariel was showing signs of aging. Her early life on the streets had been rough....

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Short stories COVID-19 Only Connect Women

Coming of Age as Simone de Beauvoir: From Catholic Schoolgirl to Avant-Garde Rebel

Coming of age in early-20th century Paris, Simone de Beauvoir transformed herself from a devout Catholic schoolgirl into one of the foremost intellectual rebels of the 20th century....

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Coming of Age Women

From Protest to Plague and Back Again

Can we ever know the past? Sure, we have research—records, documents, and archaeological sites—but long-ago words and stones leave huge gaps. Sensory memory rushes to fill those gaps, dangling its low-hanging fruit....

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Playground Zero COVID-19 Political Protest

Berkeley in the 1960s: An Unforgettable Character

When I wrote Playground Zero, a coming-of-age novel set in Berkeley during the counterculture movement of the 1960s, I wanted to convey something of the city’s splendor, along with the anarchy of those years....

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1960s Counterculture Berkeley Coming of Age Playground Zero

Out Rage: My Facebook, My Id

The seemingly simple plea appeared on my college class’s Facebook page: “Is this our classmate?”...

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COVID-19 Baby Boomers

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