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Adora Svitak
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Berkeley grad, working at child welfare nonprofit in SF
Berkeley grad, working at child welfare nonprofit in SF

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Teach your kids to be more than just "nice"
My friend J., a scion of that kind of enlightened Berkeley family with beautiful décor in the living room and magic mushrooms in the freezer, told me that his mom had taught him in no uncertain terms not to rape. Oh, like to be careful, I wondered? Not just...
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friendship now
Omnibus; Anders Zorn 1892 The other night coming home on BART I reflected that I did not want to write, or read, or do much of anything really. I imagined the tantalizing possibility of unintellectual pursuits. Maybe I could watch something on Netflix. Netf...
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friendship now
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time, y'know
A friend tells me the next thing I write should just be called "Time, Y'Know." He says, the entirety of the body will be " duuuude ." It's a well-deserved ribbing: we're messaging about a picture Facebook reminds me we took exactly 4 years ago. Looking at o...
time, y'know
time, y'know
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Young people doing cool things who you should follow
Since I was a kid, I've had opportunities to travel around the world and give talks at conferences (sometimes very much in my wheelhouse, like education, youth, and literacy events, and sometimes very much not--shoutout to the lovely folks at the property m...
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On Aziz Ansari, and Talking to Men
In a recent conversation in the wake of the story about Aziz Ansari I found myself trying to explain to a man that thing that many women do around men. If this were a circus perhaps we could call it something sensational and cute: the Magic Shrinking Act, t...
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Tidying Up
I recently spotted Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing  on sale for $2. Tidying  is a self-help staple. What Dr. Spock was to nervous new mothers in the 50s and 60s, I imagine Marie Kondo is t...
Tidying Up
Tidying Up
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An ode to BART
I recently met an SF resident, a friend of a relative, who I'll call Trina. She said blithely that she had never taken BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit, our local subway system). "I just Uber everywhere," she said, shrugging. To well-heeled Bay Area tech worker...
An ode to BART
An ode to BART
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Half a Motherland Part 3: Vote
“The faceless, sexless, raceless proletariat. The faceless, raceless, classless category of “all women.” Both creations of white Western self-centeredness.” - Adrienne Rich In spring semester, campaigns for elected student government positions at my school ...
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Half a Motherland Part 2: Pride
"In order for a culture to be really itself and to produce something, the culture and its members must be convinced of their originality and even, to some extent, of their superiority over the others" - Claude Levi-Strauss "I'm proud to be X.”  Insert what ...
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Half a Motherland, Part 1: Labels
Should I get this "Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders for Hillary" shirt? I mused last November, my finger hovering over the laptop trackpad as my eyes darted back and forth between t-shirts on the Hillary Clinton Store webpage. Am I Asian-American enoug...
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