Category Archives: Featured Stories

Say What? – A Letter With Potentially Dire Consequences

On May 9, 2011 I received an eight-page letter via first class mail from Chase Bank, my mortgage lender. On page one below my name and address the following appeared in bold print: “Your Recent Bankruptcy Filing.” After the salutation … Continue reading

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The Continued Use of Bisphenol A in the U.S. Food Supply

The chemical bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic and resin compound used in food can lining and hard plastic food and water containers, is prevalent in the U.S. food supply. “Over 100 peer-reviewed studies have found BPA to be toxic at … Continue reading

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Tracing a Family Tree: A Letter to Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Considering genealogical research into the more obscure origins of a mixed race American family Continue reading

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The Stranger

It was a rainy Saturday morning in the winter of 1937. I was five years old. We had recently moved to a rented house on Dohr Street in Southwest Berkeley. Earlier that morning Daddy went to work at his then … Continue reading

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